VEHICLES can be a serious investment and cost throughout life. Whether it is your family car, your work ute or your favourite motorbike, the cost of servicing and maintaining your vehicles can add up, however safety and reliability are worth the price.
When choosing a mechanic, people usually use one of two methods. Either they have a friend who has recommended someone, or they go with the mechanic who charges the least. The cheapest option can get a problem sorted however it is not the best way to choose a mechanic.
Lean and Bennett have over 52 years of experience in the motor industry and know what it takes to provide reliable service and keep customers happy. They said that while personal recommendations can be a great way to find someone local and who has positive feedback about their work, there are a range of other things to consider when you decide on who should be looking after your vehicles.
- Search online- most mechanics will have a website or Facebook page where you can check out reviews from current and former customers.
- Check affiliations or specialties- often workshops and mechanics will have affiliations with certain brands or are well known for specialising in certain types of cars or engines. If you can find someone with a lot of experience with your vehicle, then higher costs can be worth it.
- Look for a teacher- it is all very well to have someone fix a problem for you, but it's just as important to know why the problem is happening. A good mechanic will explain to you and show you what the problem was in an effort to stop it happening again in the future.
- One stop shop- it can be a hassle having three or four different places that you take your vehicle for various things. A workshop where you can get everything done from tyre changes and battery replacements through to servicing and full repairs, is a great thing to have.
- Warranty- make sure you find a mechanic that offers warranty on their work. Bringing a vehicle back several times for the same issue and having to pay over and over is not something anyone wants to deal with.
- Cost- it is still an important factor. Research has shown that almost 80 per cent of people are worried about getting ripped off at the mechanics, so having a good price that represents value is still a crucial thing to be aware of.
To find our more about Lean and Bennett, along with the services they provide, call 02 6352 2211 or visit www.leanandbennetttoyota.com.au.