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Professional Repairs

Certification programs
One of the most difficult aspects of getting your car repaired can be trying to find a mechanic you can trust. A good rule of thumb is to find a garage where the mechanics are certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.
Choosing a repair shop
When you're looking for a mechanic to fix your car, why not try asking your friends and neighbors who they use and trust. Word of mouth is sometimes the best advertisement for mechanics, and many of them realize this and may treat referrals with extra care.
Repair estimates
Be sure to ask for a written estimate before any repair work is done on your car. Mechanics generally can't know exactly how much a job will cost until they discover the extent of work needed.
Certification
Probably the most difficult thing to determine when your car needs work is who to trust to do the job. Luckily, there are two organizations that mechanics can belong to.
Choosing a shop
Finding the right place to get your car repairs done takes a little effort. First, you need to narrow down where the problem is and then decide what kind of repair shop you need.
Collision estimates
When obtaining an estimate for collision repair, always get a second, or perhaps even a third opinion. Be sure to get the repair estimate in writing.
Estimates
In order to ensure good communication and reduce misunderstandings, there are a few things you should do before you have your car repaired. First, have the repair shop list everything they'll do and how much it will cost.
Exhaust system repairs
An exhaust system leak will interfere with your car's performance and economy and could even expose you to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Many facilities offer free inspections of the exhaust system.
Repair rip-offs
To find a good repair shop, ask your friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Word of mouth is a good way of getting to know who's reliable and who charges what amount.
Warranties
Warranties can differ from manufacturer to manufacturer and even from brand to brand in terms of mileage and time limits. It's important to know what kinds of warranties are offered.


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