Why shouldn’t I have my friend repair my car for me?
We all have that one friend who is great with cars, lawnmowers, boats, and can fix anything – or so he claims. When you are facing car repairs that might run you a few hundred or even a few thousand dollars it can be tempting to hand your car over to a friend (or even a friend of a friend) who says they can do it for next to nothing.
Don’t take the risk – use a trusted mechanic.
Why you should use a trusted mechanic
Trusted mechanics are certified, and their livelihood depends on their reputation. They have access to tools and expertise that most novices can only dream of.
You can trust that they will not let your car roll off the lot unless they have done a professional and thorough job.
Cars aren’t as simple as they used to be
Cars aren’t as simple as they used to be, mechanical parts have been replaced by high tech computerised systems. There was a time when most vehicles operated with the same basic layout. Today, not only will the mechanical configurations of vehicle models differ, but they all run on different software. To access this software, you need special equipment and the type of expertise that you simply can’t get without education, experience and certifications.
Unsafe or substandard mechanic work
Your vehicle carries the most precious cargo: your family. So as much as you might want to save a bit of money by letting a friend fix your brakes, the risk simply isn’t worth it. Don’t put your life, and your family’s lives in the hands of an amateur. Use a trusted mechanic because you can’t put a price on safety.
It might void your auto insurance
If you are unfortunate enough to get into an accident, then you had better believe that everything about you and your car will be investigated. This won’t be a problem if you use a certified mechanic. You’ll be able to provide paperwork signed by a certified, trusted mechanic stating that your car was in full working condition and met all safety standards.
However, if you let your neighbour do all of your repairs, you might find yourself in trouble. The courts probably won’t take their word that your car was in top condition as seriously as a trusted mechanic. You could end up being held liable for additional damages and costs just because you tried to save a few dollars and trusted your vehicle repairs and maintenance to a friend instead of a trusted mechanic.
Using anyone other than a trusted mechanic might save you a bit of money in the short term. But consider the cost of losing your warranty, of putting your family at risk, and the potential expenses resulting from an accident caused by poor workmanship. In the long run – it’s just not worth it.