Don't Fall for These Auto Repair Tricks | Penney Auto Body & Glass Vancouver

Don't Fall for These Auto Repair Tricks | Penney Auto Body & Glass Vancouver

Many of us rely on our cars for important day-to-day tasks. If something goes wrong, it can be a stressful experience. Some mechanics prey on that stress in order to make unnecessary repairs that drivers don't need. Below are five unnecessary repairs and upsells you need to be on the lookout for. 

1. Flat tire replacement

 Most flat tires are caused by screws, nails or other sharp objects penetrating the tire. When you get a flat, it's important to mount a spare and take the damaged tire into a local tire shop. Be cautious when you're being sold a brand new tire or set of tires. Most flats can be repaired with a simple low-cost patch, so always inquire about a repair before agreeing to an expensive replacement.

2. Radiator coolant replacement

 When you take your car in for a routine oil change, sometimes the mechanic will recommend that you also replace your radiator coolant. Radiator coolant is simply water mixed with antifreeze, and it doesn't degrade in the same way as oil. Unless your coolant is contaminated or hasn't been replaced in 160,000 km, don't fall for this common upsell.

3. "Preventative" oil replacement

 Modern cars don't require very many oil changes, and modern lubricants last much longer than they used to. If you have a newer car that requires synthetic oil, you can go as long as 24,000 km between oil changes. Before agreeing to come back for another change check your owner's manual on when the best time is to go in for service. Changing your oil too early is wasteful and unnecessary.

4. Unnecessary air filter replacement

 Your car's air filter should only be replaced when it's clogged with debris. Visual inspection on most cars only takes a minute and shouldn't cost extra. If a mechanic tells you that it's time for a replacement, make sure to ask to see the old filter and inspect it for trapped debris. If the mechanic tells you to replace the filter before he's even examined it, chances are it's an unnecessary upsell.

5. Overpriced replacement parts 

Most auto repair quotes will have a labour component and a parts component to it. Repair shops make money by performing the necessary labour, and also by marking up the parts. When your mechanic gives you a repair estimate, make sure to ask how much the labour costs and how much the parts cost. You can also do your research and compare prices with your local auto parts store. Since few consumers ask about part costs or know what's reasonable, shady mechanics often profit from consumers' ignorance.





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