Question:

I’m constantly asking my mechanic to check my whole car out for me but even after a fairly recent visit something will break again. Why can’t he just fix it all at once? Gloria
 

 
Answer:
Guilty as charged!
We have this issue all the time with people. It’s one of the most common questions I’m asked. First off it’s virtually impossible to “fix everything” and anyone who tells you they can are just full of it.
A mechanic can not look into the future and decide what will break next.  Now there are many things that can be checked and seen to be in need of repair and things that look like they’re on their way out but that’s about it. Also there are many things, that to even see them, you have to disassemble entire areas and it’s just not worth it.
I’ve seen some of these dealer estimates that people bring here and it just cracks me up sometimes with some of the things that they suggest. I assume that in a lot of cases they’re going by what’s typical for that age and model of car but I find it quite distasteful to sell people things they don’t need just because something broke on someone else’s vehicle. Instead of griping that you’re mechanic is not changing everything under the hood be grateful that he isn’t, sounds like you might have found one of the very few honest ones.

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About dontgetwrenched

Elayne Kling, was the owner of a downtown Manhattan auto repair shop for 25 years and recently in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, www.ZPAUTO.com. Elayne knows the particular ins and outs of the auto repair world and keeps up her blog because people will always need help navigating the potential pitfalls of that world. Due to the crazy NYC real estate market she has since closed down her shop and started a new business called Projects Unlimited Inc., helping other small businesses. www.projectsunlimitedinc.com
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