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Even though I’m a man and I’m supposed to know a lot about cars, I’ll be honest, I don’t know that much. Every time I take my SUV in for an oil change I always leave with a list of 10 things that are wrong with my car and I have no idea if they’re real problems or if I’m just getting taken for a ride.
I know most shops don’t make much off oil changes so they have to try and sell you on a lot of ancillary services. Well, that model might work for the auto shops but it really sucks for consumers. Just look at the Yelp ratings of places like Firestone, Jiffy Lube and Valvoline. They’re usually sub 4.0 for a reason and if they were an Uber driver, they would have gotten deactivated a long time ago
Finding A Convenient Mechanic
That doesn’t mean there aren’t a ton of honest hard working mechanics out there though. In my experience, there are a lot of great ones but they’re not always that easy to find. I have two big-chain shops right next to my house but they both try to sell me a ton of crap I don’t need whenever I go in for an oil change.
The guy that I like to use is about 25 minutes away from my house and while he does great work, it’s a huge hassle for me to go and see him. Luckily, I won’t have that problem anymore. [Continue reading]