Women and Car Repairs

Tracey Heslip

Tracey Heslip

There is a lot of hype about mechanics not treating women fairly. My husband is a mechanic, so I thought I would give some guidelines for not getting taken advantage of. 

  • Always make sure that your mechanic is state licensed. If you think about it, you wouldn’t want to go to a doctor or a beautician that wasn’t licensed. Why would your car repair be any different?  The facility where you take your car should have the mechanic’s license visibly displayed.
  • Ask around. Ask your friends, neighbors, and co-workers where they take their car and if they were happy with the service they received. If someone is a good/ bad mechanic, word will spread. 
  • Every care is different. Some mechanics suggest repairs based on your cars mileage, not on the work needing to be done.  Now think about this, every car is different. You can have two cars that have 50,000 miles each but one is 10 years older than the other. One is garage kept and one is not. One spends winters in Florida and one in Michigan (with snow and salt). Get the picture?Women and Car Repairs
  • Get an oil change every three months or 3,000 miles (whichever comes first). If you have this done at a shop that checks all fluid levels, tire pressure, and does a visual inspection of things like air filter and belts, this could catch things early and save you a big expensive repair.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions. The only dumb question is one not asked.
  • Get to know your car. Know its sounds and smells. It’s better to bring your car to a mechanic to find out it’s nothing or a small fix then to keep driving it with a noise or a pull to the right or left. Letting things go can mean more damage and more money spent to fix it.
  • Prepare for winter. Now is the time of year to make sure your anti-freeze is rated for -34 degrees. Checking it now can save your hoses from freezing and breaking.

So, ladies, if you’re the one making the car repair decisions in the household, find an honest, reliable, licensed mechanic. Your car and pocketbook will thank you.

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