All mechanical objects will need some form of service over their lifetime. Whether it’s your washing machine, dishwasher, car, lawn mower etc., getting the right person for the job is very important. It is no secret that most mechanical products pretty much work in the same way, but the small differences that each product has may need to be looked at by some form of specialist in that particular area. Let’s review some of the main mechanics you may need to work with at some point in your life, and how to look for one and choose the right one.
The Motor Car
We are all very much in love with our motor cars, but as cars get older, looming auto repair and services are never too far away. It is often thought that it is advisable to go back to your car manufacturer’s dealer to get your service or repairs completed because it is believed that they will have the latest equipment and technology to be able to complete your repairs properly. An example of this is if your vehicle goes in for clutch repairs, some manufacturers require specialist tools to enable them to access the clutch plate, which an independent dealership may not have. It also has to be considered that the manufacturer that builds the vehicle will have seen this kind of repair done quite often, so this may mean they are the right mechanic for this particular job.
As mentioned above, as vehicles get older the need for visiting the manufacturer dealership reduces as the vehicles start to appear in the second-hand car market, so the number of these vehicles increases in the independent motor mechanic centres. As the experience of repairing these vehicles improves, you are able to start relying on the independent garages more and more.
Many manufacturers have various tools and equipment that they rely on. One of the back bones of a manufacturing warehouse is the forklift truck. Therefore, forklift truck servicing is often an integral part of a warehouses business plan. Forklifts are often put under immense strains and stresses as they have to be able to move around small, tight areas with heavy loads, lifted high. After the forklift truck has completed so many operating hours or covered a number of kilometres, your forklift servicing schedule will need to be adhered to. This will ensure that smooth running and breakdown free operation will continue.
Although your home appliances may not need a mechanic, it is worth mentioning technicians as home appliances often breakdown at random moments. Therefore, having a specialist on hand, with the right knowledge and know how is important. Take for example a washing machine. In previous years, washing machines were fairly straightforward and had very little electrical input, but as we now live in a digital age this has changed dramatically. We are now able to control our washing machines by our smartphones which gives washing machines another element which can go wrong. In the past, those that repaired washing machines parts such as the pump or motor would now struggle looking at the digital aspects of washing machines. Now, modern day mechanics use plug and play systems whereby the parts that have failed are usually just pulled out and plugged back in. This makes your mechanic less skilled at diagnosing old washing machines but highly effective at dealing with modern washing machines.
A mechanic’s training is very important because it will inevitably determine what type of mechanic they will become. It is not just about training in one discipline, it is worth having a specialism in a particular area. As we mentioned above in the automotive section, being able to get the right mechanic is not always easy. Modern cars are broken into three areas (engine, transmission and body), and mechanics are now trained in those three areas so that they can become masters of that particular area. This therefore makes it easier when it comes to choosing the right mechanic as you need to find the specialist for the part that is at fault.
Who to Trust
There are a number of ways of working out which mechanic you can trust:
Do some research into the reputation of the mechanic. Check out past work and read reviews of others experiences with the mechanic. Look at independent bodies who will be able to give you an impartial view of a particular outfit. Try and make sure that you don’t consider reviews which have been paid for.
- Regulations Bodies
Another good way of checking to see if you can trust your mechanic is to check to see what governing bodies they are a part of. Regulated bodies are checked regularly so the mechanic has to adhere to the standards set.
- Ask questions
Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the repair of your vehicle. An honest and trustworthy mechanic will have no issue in explaining the issue and showing you any parts they have removed. Finally ask the price and the breakdown of the price. Again, this will give you the chance to go online and check if the price is similar to what other have paid for similar work.
- Guarantee work
Finally, and by no means the least, ask the mechanic if they guarantee the work they have done. A good mechanic should be offering some form of guarantee on the work that they have carried out. The part that they have fitted will come with a parts guarantee, but this is different to the actual mechanic guaranteeing their own work. Ask the question before any work is started.
As you can see there are a great number of ways to picking the right mechanic for you. It is always worth looking at the aspects mentioned above and this should help you narrow your search down. Do your research, don’t be afraid to ask questions, and confirm the work has been done afterwards and you’ll be sorted.