Who wants to take a visit to the doctor? That’s a question that will elicit an awkward silence in most rooms outside of a medical supplies convention. The same goes with visits to your local auto repair shop. When you think about it, though, your doctor and auto mechanic have much more in common than you might think. Sometimes we make a visit to the doctor for routine checkups and preventative care, while other visits are out of dire necessity when we become sick or hurt.
Much like choosing a trusted doctor, one of the key factors in choosing a trusted auto repair shop is the quality of the care they provide for the vehicle. Think about it, would you choose a doctor based solely on the price? Imagine a doctor advertising coupons for an $18.99 checkup in your local penny saver magazine…You’d probably question that, right?
Just like visiting your doctor, regular checkups on your vehicle are imperative, too. Most of the time this starts with regular oil changes, and a trusted mechanic will offer a multi-point inspection to make sure that you are safe on the road. Here are a few other things that your mechanic has in common with your doctor:
With all of the advancements in modern medicine, would you trust a doctor who does not continue to update their knowledge and training? Experience is always one of the best teachers, however, it does not solely keep one up to date with the ever changing world in which we live. You might be saying, “well, a doctor goes to medical school for years, while a mechanic’s formal training is considerably less.” While this might be true, doctors are required by most state laws to take continuing medical education, or CMEs, on an annual basis. At Evan’s Auto Care, we require all of our technicians to go through 40 hours of training per year to stay ahead of the game and in line with today’s vehicle technology as well.
Just like your doctor will order certain tests, such as blood work, your mechanic will order a series of tests in the proper order to determine what is wrong with your car. It’s a common misconception that every auto garage has a simple diagnostic tool that is simply plugged into a vehicle to read the engine codes. While a mechanic will use various scan tools to read codes, not all scanners are the same for every vehicle. Some, such as a Mercedes Benz, BMW, or Audi, may require vehicle specific diagnostic tools. It also takes a well trained mechanic to decipher what those codes mean to the overall health of the vehicle and how they relate to fixing the problem at hand.
A trusted doctor’s main goal is to keep you informed on your health in order for you to make the best decisions with your body to stay in optimal shape. They care about people, just like your mechanic does in relation to your safety on the road. A reputable mechanic wants you to stay safe on the road, and will make repair recommendations based on that and what it takes to keep your car running smoothly for its expected life.
Fortunately, we were able to catch this crumbling axle during a visual inspection before it could cause serious injury.
April is National Auto Care Month, so be sure to use this as a reminder to keep up on your vehicle’s regular maintenance. Otherwise, expensive repairs can pile up and hit you in the wallet all at once. At Evan’s Auto Care, each oil service always includes a 30-point inspection in order to keep you informed about the condition of your vehicle. We’ll never be pushy and will always be honest and upfront with you about necessary repairs based on your driving needs and expectations for your vehicle. We wish every auto repair shop operated in this manner, but our nearly sixty years in business has taught us otherwise.