6 Car Repair Scams to Watch Out For
Your car is making funny noises or it has stalled and stopped suddenly. You take it to the mechanic only to come back home and feel that you had been cheated. This is a common occurrence and happens to many of us at least once in our lifetimes. Not all mechanics can be trusted with our vehicles. They try different techniques to cheat you out of money and can charge extra for something that did not need repair in the first place. Here are some of the scams that you need to look out for.
1. Engine Flush
If you have had your car only for a few years and it has done only a few thousand miles and your mechanic says you need an engine flush, don’t fall for it. Check to see if there is grease under the oil cap. You need an engine flush only when you have done a lot of miles. If the reason given for an engine flush is dirty oil, then you know that you are being scammed.
2. Fuel injector cleaning
Again you need this only when you have done 100,000 miles or so. If the mechanic insists, tell him or her that you do not need it. If you feel there is an actual problem, add fuel injector cleaner to your gas tank when you fill up. This problem can be avoided if you use good quality gas.
3. Gas saving devices
Nothing works better to save gas than good driving. Maintain constant speeds don’t accelerate or break much and you can save gas. Gas saving devices do not work and are bogus claims.