Mobile Mechanics – 5 Ways to Tell the ‘Hot’ From the ‘Not’

There are plenty of mobile mechanic services available, throughout the world. The reason that many of these operators exist is that they can work out of a home garage, doing car services and repairs with a fraction of the overheads that companies that have a shop have. It can be a little hard to believe that something so convenient is actually worthwhile – and yes, there have been cases where people have been burned by sub-standard operators. So, today we’re looking at how to tell the good mobile mechanics from the bad. Here are the top 5 real, concrete signs that your mobile mechanic is an industry expert and car professional.

1. Willing to provide a written quote up-front

In fact, this is actually a trait of all good mechanics. If your mechanic has a wide experience in major makes and models, doing car repairs and services of all different types, then they can accurately estimate how long a job will take. This gives you the peace of mind of knowing exactly what your liabilities will be at the end of the job, and is a prerequisite of all good mobile mechanics.

2. Good communication skills

By this, we don’t mean that your mechanic tells you his life story in a poetic and dramatic manner … we mean that he is able to clearly communicate the problem to you, and support his diagnosis with visual examples where it’s possible. For example, “Look at how gunky the spark plugs are – the reason it wouldn’t start is because there was no spark to ignite the fuel”. Your mobile mechanic should communicate to you things like:

o Why the problem occurred

o How the problem occurred

o The extent of the damage to your system

o What needs to be done to make your car driveable

o What will need to be done in the short, medium and long term to ensure your car stays in good working order

o How you can fit repairs in with your budget – they will create a priority schedule for you.

3. They offer a warranty

Professional, expert mobile mechanics will always offer a warranty. The best will give an equal warranty on all parts and labour, of up to 12 months or 20,000 kilometres. If you choose a nationwide brand, then your warranty can be honoured no matter what your location if there is ever a problem. Additionally, you know you’ve found a good mobile mechanic when they trust your opinion when you ring for a warranty claim, and remain completely solution-focused (no blame storming!).

Many mobile mechanics can also repair and service new cars without affecting the dealer’s statutory warranty.

4. No travel time charges

Mobile mechanics already save on overheads by not having a workshop – but they necessarily incur travel costs with that business model. A reliable, reputable company won’t charge you for the travel time to get to your vehicle – they’ll include it as part of their business expenses.

5. They offer regular servicing as well as repairs

If your mobile mechanic is there for you in the happy times when all your car needs is a look-over to keep her going, as well as in the stressful breakdown times, you know you’ve found one worth keeping!

Bonus: They’ll tell you how to keep yourself safe before they arrive

A significant proportion of car repairs performed by mobile mechanics are on the side of the road. A good one will give you some pointers on how to keep yourself and the car safe in the time before they arrive, which may include:

o Getting as far off the road as possible

o Locating the nearest cross street to help the mechanic with navigation

o Keep your mobile phone turned on and preserve the battery buy not making calls

o Park your car under a street light if possible, if the breakdown occurs at night.

o Stay with your car

Mobile Mechanics: 5 Reasons To Have Your Mechanic Come To You

Back in the day, the milk man would deliver bottles of milk to your front door. Back in the day, if you needed a doctor, a phone call would bring your local doctor to your home and he’d take care of you and your family’s needs. Today, the closest thing to specialized home service like that could be your car mechanic. But this mechanic will go anywhere your car may be. At your home, on the street, or even at your place of business… and all the repairs or services are done on the spot.

Yes, we are consumers of convenience with the ability to nuke our food in seconds, change the channel on our TV’s from the comfort of our couch, or make and receive phone calls, not from our homes, but no matter where we are. Not to mention the ability to send letters, documents and short messages from our computers in lightning speed, and now even from our phones. No more running to the mail box, or waiting days or weeks for that important letter. Talk about convenient.

Having car problems at an inconvenient time? Of course it’s never convenient. Now meet the Mobile Mechanic. A throw back from a doctors house call. This new niche can serve car owners in many ways for all their auto repairs. Here are 5 reasons to seek out a mobile mechanic.

* Convenience

* Trust

* Time Saving

* Money Saving

* Getting your life back to normal

Yes back to normal, because without our car, chaos can occur. Hear a funny noise in your car, time for your regular maintenance, or worse your car won’t start? Now there’s no need to have your spouse pick you up at the garage. No need to swap cars, bum a ride or rent another vehicle. Just go about your daily routine, work, school, meeting… and a mobile mechanic will go to where your car is parked, and fix it. And if it’s bad enough that you can’t drive, there’s still no need to call just to have it towed to your dealer or garage downtown. In many cases a mobile mechanic can diagnose and repair your car on the spot. This may save some money, but it definitely saves time and inconvenience.

What kinds of services are offered by a mobile mechanic? All the basic services you would expect, including complete diagnostic, no starts, alternators, batteries, starters, check engine lights and other dash messages and monitors, complete brake services, cooling system, belts, hoses, water-pumps, oil changes, and much more. And of course factory parts can be used. Just make sure you ask your mobile mechanic first.

A high quality and personalized auto service is needed in today’s market, and just as families could once rely on their local doctor to show up at their front door, you will find that a mobile mechanic can do the same and become a trusted friend who takes care of one of your most prized and valuable possessions… your car.