How to Avoid Getting Ripped Off by a Mechanic


Oil changes. Most lube shops will tell you that you need to change your oil every 3,000 miles. Your car can actually go longer then that before it needs an oil change. You should always look at your owner's manual to find out when you should change your oil and follow that schedule.


Filters. Your car has lots of filters. Oil, air, fuel and lots of other filters. Only the oil filter needs to be changed at every oil change. All other filters can wait for periods of up to a year before changing is necessary. Air filters can be cleaned by shaking off the debris. Check your owner's manual for the times of when other filters should be changed.


Flushing the transmission is not recommend until at least 60,000 miles. If your car has done less then 60,000 miles, don't let a mechanic talk you into flushing your transmission.


Lubrication: Many mechanics will convince you that your car needs to be lubed. Check your owner's manual to find out when your car should be lubed. Most cars built within the last ten years don't need any lubrication. If your car was built less then ten years and you lubed it, you can actually damage your car.


Warranty. Many dealers tell you that you need to get services done at the dealership in order for the warranty to stay valid. This is not true. Do the service as recommended in the owner's manual and keep your receipts, your warranty will always be valid.

Believe it or not, there are a lot of mechanics that will try to rip you off. They are hungry for your money and will do anything to get it. You need to get educated so the next time you go to your mechanic, just say no to services that aren't really that necessary. Just follow the steps below to get educated on the kinds of rip offs mechanics will do to you.