Five Things You Shouldn’t Say to a Mechanic


Maintaining a good relationship with your mechanic is super important to the life of your vehicle. This is the person that you trust to get the job done right, you don’t want to annoy or anger them. These are things you shouldn’t say to a mechanic, trust us we’ve heard some of this stuff.


“I’ll Watch While You Work On It!”


We get it, maybe you have nowhere to go, or maybe you just want to see the process. The thing is mechanics need their undivided attention when they’re working on a vehicle. Think about it, would you want someone breathing down your neck when you’re trying to do your job. Best bet is to just trust the mechanic and let them do their job.


“I Brought My Own Parts Can You Put Them On For Me?”


It might seem like you’re saving the mechanic time and effort, and of course you might think you’re saving some money. Don’t do this though. It’s too much liability for the mechanic. They don’t know if the part will fit, if it’s quality, or if it’s even the right part. Think about it like this, would you go into a restaurant with your own groceries and ask the chef to make you dinner?


“Everything Was Running Fine....”


Don’t lie to your mechanic: tell them the truth. If something happened — like an accident — that’s causing the issue just tell them up front. You don’t want to dance around anything. Give your mechanic all the details because it will save you and them time! A mechanic is judging you, they’re just trying to fix your vehicle.


“Use The Cheapest Parts You Can!”


This is just a bad idea. You’re asking the mechanic to use products that they might not trust. Not only that, but the parts probably won’t last very long! You want to give your mechanic the tools to do the job right so they don’t have to do it again for a long time. Why cut corners on your car? It’s one of your biggest investments!


“Take Your Time.”


It might seem like a nice thing to say, but understand that mechanics are very busy individuals and that pretty much every other customer is telling them the opposite! You don’t have to say, “Hurry up,” or anything like that, but approach them with the expectations of having the job done in a timely manner. You don’t want to get lost in the shuffle of work flow. 


Final Thoughts


Mechanics are hard workers with special skill sets. Treat them with respect and they will do the same for you. You don’t want to lose a great mechanic because you said something you shouldn’t have!

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