Is there a car in your possession? Certainly you have seen times in which repairs are needed. The hassle of dealing with car repairs can make a person lose their mind. Luckily, this piece includes lots of tricks to help get you a great mechanic.

Inspect your radiator once in a while. Let the car run a while, shut off the engine and then pop the hood. Never open the radiator while the car is on. Look to see what the fluid level is (use a dipstick), and remember that coolant needs to have a bit of water added prior to entering your radiator.

Ask your mechanic is he is familiar with working on your car. If they have before, then they are likely going to be able to also fix your car easily enough.

Get to know your owner’s manual, or take the time to note important information. This will help you speak intelligently to a technician about your car when it is time to take it in. Also, reading the manual may help you realize that the repair you need, can be done easily by you.

Ask for OEM parts. These means they are parts that come directly from the manufacturer. Generic parts may cost less, but they are not as good. It might be a great deal, but if you have to continue to replace the part, it is not going to be a good deal in the long run.

Always try to figure out the problem with your car before you bring it in for repairs. If you know what the problem is, you can save money and also easily identify any repair shop that is trying to scam you. You probably know that some mechanics will deceive you about your car repairs to charge you more.

Take photos of your car ahead of a visit to the garage. A lot of shops aren’t going to strip things out of your vehicle, but some will if they are trying to make more money. You need to be able to document the original damages done to your vehicle in case your mechanic fails to fix them or makes things worse.

It’s important that car parts come with warranties. Ask the mechanic about the parts’ warranty. Find out how long the warranty lasts and ask for a printed version of the contract so you can review it.

Do not hire a mechanic who is not certified. One to look for is the certification given by the NIAE. This demonstrates the mechanic has shown a level of competence. This will tell you if they are properly trained and will provide you with quality service.

Don’t buy any parts that come with a promise of lasting a lifetime. This is often simply a sneaky way for unscrupulous parts dealers to get more money out of you. There are some cars that carry a “lifetime guarantee” for their transmission fluid: this is a perfect example. Though the change time on transmission fluid is very long, it should be swapped every 80,000 miles.

There are many bad shops out there, so it can seem very difficult finding a good one. This article gave you the tools you need to succeed. A little forward planning can save a lot of problems from occurring going forward.