Unless you’re a car expert or a mechanic’s best friend, you might end up paying for services you don’t actually need. Here’s what you need to know.
don’t be fooled
“Auto repairs are like a doctor’s diagnosis – a second opinion is something that should always be sought,” wisely notes Ray Shefska of Your Auto Advocate. That’s because if you don’t know your way around under the hood, it’s incredibly easy to get taken for a ride. Sure, Sometimes your car needs work and you might not have known there was a problem without your loyal and trustworthy mechanic. But sometimes a simple trip for an oil change or an annual inspection will result in a massive repair bill, all for services your car doesn’t actually need. Be aware of these common auto repair scams so you’ll be prepared the next time you go to the store. And don’t pay for those car problems you can easily fix yourself.
Cabin filter replacement
Sure, cabin filters are necessary, but they’re usually not among the most urgent repairs your car needs, notes automotive educator Chaya M. Milchtein, founder of Mechanic Shop Femme. Translation: Don’t let a mechanic try to convince you to perform a “critical” change because a lightly dusty cabin filter was removed from your vehicle. “While changing regularly is important, it doesn’t immediately affect the smooth running of your vehicle,” says Milchtein. “Simply put, if you’re torn between a security feature and a cabin filter, or even an oil change and your cabin filter, deal with the cabin filter last.” Here are the others auto repairs you’ve probably wasted money on at some point.