How to avoid being scammed by your mechanic

Published by The Moneywise Team on 06 December 2012.
Last updated on 31 July 2014

1: Shop around

This could save you a great deal of money. If a garage quotes you a price, either get a second opinion or use it to barter for a better deal at a competing garage.

There are also websites such as that estimate the average cost of a particular car maintenance job for you to check quotes against.

2: Get it in writing

Once you have found the garage offering the best deal in your area, make sure you get the agreed work and the price of parts and labour in writing - and don’t pay upfront.

Additional charges are sometimes unavoidable but inform the garage it needs your permission before completing any extra work. This means mechanics are less likely to let their imaginations run wild when they work out your final bill.

3: Get a guarantee

Make sure the mechanic talks you through all the parts that were changed and things that were fixed. You should also check that any new parts come with a guarantee, just in case anything goes wrong in the future.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions and take notes - the more you know, the better.

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