Can Your Automotive Mechanic Handle Repairs from Your Home
The internet is a miracle of modern times. At our fingers tips we can access information from around the world on an endless amount of topics. However, when it comes to car repair, diagnosing and pricing, I would recommend caution with many of these sites. Claims from some sites that they can help diagnose your vehicle and then give you the “right price” for a particular repair is highly misleading and may only lead to more confusion.
Let’s take a medical problem as an analogy. I know that many of us jump to Google or Yahoo when we think we have a health issue or symptom, but can you truly make a medical decision based on information from an internet site? Can you really expect to get a price on a medical procedure from the web? We all know the answer to that question.
I have been in the automotive repair and service business for nearly 40 years and, I can tell you that you need to have trust in your mechanic, just as with any other professional. Prices and diagnostic procedures vary and two repairs or problems, which may appear the same are usually not. You just can’t “cookie cutter” a diagnosis or price.
There are also reports that there are mechanics that will come to your home to perform services and repairs, reducing the price of the repairs because of low overhead. Again, I make the same analogy with the medical profession. Can you really expect the same care from your dentist or doctor if he or she performs a medical procedure in your home?
There are times that we will go out to the customer’s home under certain circumstances; a flat tire, dead battery, and other minor cases. But, to think that a professional mechanic can perform all repairs and services at your home is unrealistic and disingenuous. With all the hi-tech equipment needed to work on the modern automobile, it would impractical. It is also physically impossible to drag along a wheel balance, tire machine, vehicle hoist, wheel alignment machine, diagnostic equipment and all the countless tools necessary to perform a quality professional repair.
When it comes to car repair, find a mechanic you trust and when an issue comes up discuss it with him or her. I know in today’s world, trust is a big issue. It’s the reason why I am writing this article. Forty years in this business is a long time. I have just about seen it all. Technology makes my head spin at times. But, there is no way that an internet site will ever take the place of my 40 years of hands on experience dealing with cars and helping the people in my community.