5 questions to ask a mechanic

When it comes to servicing your car you put your trust in the hands of the mechanic. When something is wrong it’s their job to explain what needs to be done and importantly how much it will cost you. There is nothing wrong with being thorough and so below are 5 important questions to ask your mechanic.

Will I be charged for the initial diagnosis?

In most cases the mechanic should always consult you in regard to the problem. How long it will take to fix and what the cost will be. They shouldn’t really start any work on your car without your say so.

Will any new parts come with a warranty?

Any work that is carried out should come with a warranty that it will last the day to day rigors of travel. This is certainly the case when new parts have to be fitted. Make sure you receive a guarantee so that if anything should happen in the weeks after, you’ll be covered to have it checked and fixed at no extra cost.

Are there other options for the repair?

You don’t necessarily have to go with the first option the mechanic suggests. There might be a cheaper alternative. For example, a replacement tyre doesn’t have to be a top of the range tyre there are cheaper options which work just as well. So always ask for an alternative repair option.

Are there any other mechanical issues I should be aware of?

Sometimes one problem can have a knock on effect of another if it is not checked. It’s always a good idea to make sure there are no other problems which might arise later.

Can I have written confirmation of the work to be carried out?

This will give you a detailed list of the work that needs to be carried out along with the estimated cost. It will also act as cover should anything need to be disputed once the final bill has been issued.

If you need to have your car serviced then book it in today with one of our highly trained mechanics. They’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have.



Why you should choose Unipart OEM Approved Motor Oil

Unipart Branded Motor Oil has been a major element of Unipart Brand development over the last 30 years, with Formula 1 sponsorship and TV adverts featuring Nikki Lauda and John Watson being shown over 25 years ago.


In those days, a 20w50 Oil covered almost all vehicles on the roads in the UK-a situation that has changed radically since.

Now, almost every manufacturer specifies its own formulation of Oil.

The consequences for the Independent Garage owner are significant. The days when a Bulk Oil tanker arrives and delivers a single grade of Oil are fast disappearing, in favour of smaller volumes of a multiple of different grades and formulations.

It may be tempting to provide a less expensive and less sophisticated Oil for a car to keep the customer’s bill to a minimum, but the consequences for the garage may be severe.

With the cars of today, using the correct Oil has never been more important, because incorrect oil can cause:

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Higher Emissions (MOT Failure)
  • EGR Valve blockage
  • Turbo charger failure
  • Catalyst Failure
  • Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) Failure

Turbocharger and DPF failure in particular can cost you thousands, so every garage needs to protect their customer and themselves by using the correctly specified Oil.

Not sure what is the Right Oil for your car? We can help.