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The saying “time is money” has never been more true, particularly if you’re an entrepreneur, side hustler, or freelancer. Have you ever thought “if only I could hire a personal assistant…” when presented with some necessary-yet-time-intensive life task, like grocery shopping or car repairs?
While you could outsource your grocery shopping to Task Rabbit, it’s more risky trusting your car repair to someone on Task Rabbit, or even online. You’re usually left with two options: the dealerships, which will charge you the most, or a local mechanic, who may or may not be reputable. Also, either way, you’re going to be without your car for hours, and depending on the repair, you could be out days.
Wouldn’t it be better if a mechanic could come to you, work on your car, and be done by the end of the day? Having that sort of luxury is usually associated with the upper echelons, but no more. YourMechanic.com is a relatively new company, started in 2011, that brings reputable mechanics to where ever you are to handle your auto repair and maintenance needs.
Sound too good to be true? It’s not!
YourMechanic is a service that brings independent, certified and insured mechanics to your home, office, or where ever you need to meet to fix or do maintenance on your car. Using the YourMechanic.com website, car owners can read client reviews to find independent mechanics in their communities, get instant pricing on their repairs, and book appointments. I’ve used them for an oil change recently to try them out, and I have to say I was very happy with the service I received.
Here’s a little more about what YourMechanic does:
- YourMechanic ensures that you are getting a fair price for the services you require by itemizing parts and labor costs in your quote
- Each mechanic is publicly rated by customers after each appointment similar to the way passengers rate drivers with rideshare apps
- You can conveniently book everything online and pay with your credit card
- Prices are almost always lower than they would be at a shop since there is much less overhead
- The mechanic will come to wherever you are! (This is the best part for me)
- There is a 12 month or 12,000 mile guarantee (whichever comes first)
YourMechanic is offered in major cities all across the country and is growing by the day. The list of cities is impressive: just check out the cities they serve here.
Some major cities include:
- Almost every city in California – makes sense, since the company started there!
- Portland, OR
- Vancouver, WA
- Phoenix, AZ
- Henderson, NV
- Washington DC
- Raleigh, NC
- Orlando, FL
The list is growing everyday, and the cities mentioned above are only a small fraction of cities currently offering the YourMechanic service. Check out this list of cities for the most updated availability.
The Booking Process
The easiest way to get a quote and book an appointment is to head to their website and select ‘Get A Quote‘. You enter in the type of car you have, the service you need, your contact info and from there, you’ll get real time pricing, availability and booking options right there on the screen.
The Oil Change Experience
My mechanic called me the day before to confirm the time and let me know that he would be there at 8:45 am sharp on Sunday morning. On Sunday, he arrived right on time and I went outside to meet him. David was an experienced mechanic (15 years) and he told me that he works full time at a big shop but did this in his spare time to earn a few extra bucks. Sound familiar?
The mechanics can’t do any work on the street so you need to make sure your car is parked in your driveway or in a parking lot. In this case, I had our car parked in the back in the alley and the neighbor’s car was gone so David had easy access to jack up the car and take care of the oil change. Here’s a picture of David in action (nice uniforms too by the way!):
The oil change also came with a free 90 point inspection and the overall process took right around an hour. I chatted with David for a while but all you really need to be there for is the beginning to hand him the keys and the end to e-sign the paperwork. Everything is logged online and the mechanic will even leave you cool voice memos and recommendations for whatever services you need.
I really like the fact that at the end of the appointment, David wasn’t trying to sell me on any of the services he recommended like they often do at a big chain auto body shop. He was very forthcoming with me and told me my brakes were getting low and I’d probably need new ones but I could definitely hold out until the next oil change. This is a really great feature of YourMechanic, because the way YourMechanic currently makes money is by receiving a transaction fee from the sale of auto parts. However, I didn’t feel pressured at all to buy anything, which means the mechanics really are trying to provide the best service versus up-selling you on unnecessary products.
Overall my experience was great and of course super convenient. While David was working, I made breakfast, took a shower and watched a little football. The synthetic oil change I got would have been $60 but with the $20 discount code, the price was only $40. When I called in to a few local shops, they all quoted me higher than that, ranging from $50-$85. So not only was YourMechanic cheaper but they were also more convenient and provided an overall much better level of service.
Why Use YourMechanic?
Beyond the convenience factor and the likelihood you’ll save money with YourMechanic versus going to an auto body shop, this is a great service for car owners whose cars are out of warranty and need basic car repair and maintenance.
Notice I said “basic car repair” and maintenance. Keep in mind that if your car needs substantial work, like replacing an engine or transmission, you’ll still need to make a trip to the shop. However, for almost anything else you could need, YourMechanic fills the void created by the hassle of having your car maintained during your busy weekend.
Let’s face it, most of us have plenty of other things we need to do on the weekend, and being without your car for half a day (or longer) simply isn’t going to cut it. YourMechanic takes the hasse of being stuck at a dealership (or asking someone for a ride) out of the equation, and let’s you get on with your life (side hustling, spending time with your family, etc.)
Ready to give YourMechanic a shot? Use the code ‘RSG20’ and you’ll get $20 off your first appointment, click here to book now!
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