Taking your car to a mechanic is like visiting a doctor. Just as you need to describe your symptoms clearly to get the right diagnosis, effective communication with mechanics is essential for accurate repairs and finding cost-effective solutions.
That said, it might not be an easy task, especially for new car owners unfamiliar with automotive jargon.
For that reason, we are sharing some valuable tips on communicating effectively with mechanics. Let’s jump into it:
List Down the Problems
Our memories have a nasty habit of betraying us in a time of need, so don’t rely on it. Try to make a habit of noting down car problems the minute you notice them. To help with the habit, keep a pen and paper in your car or use your phone.
Coming to the problem itself, you don’t need to look up proper terms to write down the problems. Just use your senses and write them down as simply as you can. For instance, if you notice a squeaking sound when you speed up your car, write that down. When the air conditioner takes several tries to start working, write that down. Remember, no car problem is too minor to ignore.
Talk to your Mechanic Face-to-Face
We strongly suggest you visit your mechanic yourself instead of sending someone to do the job or calling them. Face-to-face interaction will help you explain the problems clearly and eliminate the possibility of miscommunication and misunderstandings. Use your notebook to explain each problem and answer their questions in detail. If there’s something you don’t know, there’s no shame in saying it.
A professional and experienced mechanic will listen to you attentively and let you complete before giving their input. If you feel like you are not being heard, look for another mechanic.
Be Upfront with Your Demands
You need to tell your mechanic exactly which problem you want them to fix. For instance, if you want them to fix the window slide button, state it specifically. However, if you do not know if the issue is with your button or the window itself, explain the problem to the mechanic, and ask for their input. Whatever they tell you, go from there. During your entire visit, do not base anything on assumptions. Being direct and straightforward will help both of you to stay on the same page.
Remember telling them about a problem and asking them to fix it are two different things. You can go in and explain all the problems you are facing with your car, but in the end, you need to tell them which one you need them to fix.
Show, Don’t Tell
If you are someone who struggles with words or gets anxious in social situations, don’t worry. There’s an alternate solution for that. Take your mechanic for a drive and point out the suspicious sounds, smells, and sensations.
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