Auto Repair Roulette: Tips for a Trip to the Shop

An unexpected auto repair bill can leave you broke or stranded. Follow this advice to ensure you spend your money wisely.

• Drive by the shop—Look to see if it is disorganized or dirty and the other types of cars the shop is working on.

• Stay informed—Research shops in your area using resources such as the ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) website,, which can help you locate an ASE-certified garage near you.

Check review websites such as Angie’s List and Yelp that can give you a better idea of the service to expect.

Ask friends, neighbors, or family members for recommendations and what shops to stay away from.

• Certifications aren’t ethics—Look at the recommended maintenance schedule in your owner’s manual to make sure the recommended services are in line. If there are discrepancies, ask for clarification or get a second opinion.

Good shops will not pressure you into services right away.

• Go to the car—Ask the mechanic to show you the part/s that need to be replaced, and what is most important if there are multiple items. Fix what you can afford to fix.

• Plan ahead—Stick to the recommended maintenance schedule.

The professionals at Hopewell Federal Credit Union are here to help with all your financial needs. We can help you set up a vehicle repair emergency fund or, if your car is beyond repair, we can help finance a different vehicle. Stop by or call today at 740.522.8311 or visit us on


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