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Get Your Car Back in Working Order

Your car is likely in great shape the first six months you drive it. Six months into use, or 6,000 miles later, you will need to take it for its interim service, which takes about an hour and a half. After a year of constant use, or 12,000 miles later, you will be required to take it in for a full service. This takes about three hours. It is imperative to do this if you intend to keep that car for longer than just one year.

If along the way there is need to take it in for more than just regular service, then it is commendable that you do that as soon as you notice signs of exhaustion.

Some of the ways to know that your car may need attention include:

  • Leaks – If you can is leaking, you may want to have it checked to rule out any serious impediment.
  • A Smoking Exhaust – The color of the smoke that your car emits will tell you the story of the engine (if there is a leak), a leak in the coolant, or if too much oil is being burnt.
  • Creaking Sounds – There are sounds that you know to be typical of your car. If you start it one morning, and you notice creaking and screeching sounds that are not normal to it, then you could be at the onset of car trouble.
  • Smell-You are familiar with the smell of the unnoticeable fumes from your car. If one day you get some odd rotten smell emissions, then there could be a whole lot of things going on in the interior system of your car. Different smells signify different things. The attendant at the auto repair shop should be in the best position to identify the problem.

Troubleshooting

Just like your laptop, some things in your car do not necessitate the attention of an expert. At the end of it, though, you may just have to consult your mechanic before a minor problem escalates to a bigger one. Here is how you can retain a great working relationship with your mechanic:

  • Communicate Accurately

Let them tell you what the diagnosis is and what they are planning to do to your car. Once the repairs are done, they can give you some expert advice on how to prevent the problem from happening again. Importantly, talk upfront about the price of the work that they are about to do.

  • Leave them to their work

You may want to check in and have them talk you through every step of the repair, but they have a job to do: to have your car working in perfect condition. The sooner you leave them alone, the sooner your job will be done.

  • Avail Yourself

Be available on the phone or in person when they need you. Proper communication makes it possible to have the job done with ease and to your satisfaction.

Having a regular mechanic helps a lot because you are assured to have one person who understands your car from the get-go, just like having a personal doctor.

Written by Marc Laferierre, owner of Dents Unlimited. Dents Unlimited offers the best car repair Columbia MO has to offer.