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5 Tips To Keep Your Green Car Running & Keep Your Green

The idea of car repair for your hybrid car is often associated with fear. Fear of incredible costs, fear of drawn out dramas and problems that never go away, and fear of just being plain ripped off at a repair shop. This guide is here to help ease your fear by arming you with the knowledge necessary to save money and avoid some of the most common scams.

#Learn the Basics

Your Owner’s Manual is your friend. You should read it, get familiar with as many aspects of your car as possible, especially those parts unique to your hybrid system, and pay close attention to your car’s maintenance schedule. Parts have recommended replacement points based on either their mileage or age, and mechanics looking to get extra cash from you will often recommend that some parts be replaced way before they need to be.

#Talk Right

When explaining your car’s problem, be sure to talk clearly, describing each symptom and when they occur to the best of your ability. If possible, seek to talk directly to the person who’ll be working on your car. That can help prevent misunderstandings, wrong diagnosis, and other costly mistakes. Finally, avoid offering your own idea of what’s causing the problem. You don’t want to find yourself on the hook for a job that the mechanic did just to please you.,

#Careful with Parts

When it comes to having car parts replaced, there are many possible pitfalls. First, it is wise to check the price of the new part with shops and online before giving the replacement a green-light. Not checking leaves you open to being overcharged.

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Second, you should let you mechanic know that you’ll want the old parts back after they’re replaced—is a good way to make sure the replacement actually happened. Plus, old parts that still work can be sold, or stored to be used in a pinch.

#Be Wary of Too Many Replacements

Still on the topic of parts, you should be careful with mechanics that seem to be determined to rebuild your whole engine, part by part. A scammer may fool you into replacing parts that are actually working well. On top of that, some mechanics may ask for random part replacements when they aren’t sure what the car’s problem is, effectively using your wallet as a diagnostic tool. If you think either case is happening, the best option is go get a second opinion.

#Careful with Prices That Are Too Low

If the price seems too good to be true, that’s because it probably is. An offer of extremely low price for mechanical services often means the mechanic is charging the bare minimum, and therefore not making any money off the job.

That, on itself, isn’t a bad thing. A well-intended mechanic may take the hit on a working for free just to get some good rep and attract new customers. A scammer, however, can use this tactic to get you through the door, because once your car is in his shop he can start padding your bill, some going as far as fabricating problems behind your back so they can charge you for the fix.

So if the deal seems too good to be true, that’s usually because it is. Especially if it is a deal from a shop with no reputation at all.

#After It’s Fixed

After your car’s repaired, it’s car detailing you need, and the guys at Car Detail Perth can help. Be it for interior detailing, glass coat protection, or any of their services, Car Detail Perth do their best to offer great work and earn your trust.

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