Learning how to talk to a mechanic is one of the most useful skills you can develop when it comes to maintaining your car or truck. Let’s face it: At some point, each and every one of us is going to have to deal with a repair that we can’t take care of on our own or simply don’t have the time to puzzle out. Being able to turn to a skilled auto tech with whom you have a solid relationship is incredibly helpful.

It’s not like your mechanic is speaking a different language, but there are some definite do’s and don’ts when it comes to communicating about your vehicle. Follow these tips and things will go smoothly.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions — and Answer Them, Too

When you take our car in for a repair, it’s a little like visiting the doctor’s office. A good mechanic will ask you a series of questions to try to figure out what might be wrong with the vehicle, alongside asking what you think the problem might be. Being willing to answer these openly is the key to diagnosing any issue, because sometimes a weird noise you hear in one part of your automobile is actually signaling that there’s a problem somewhere else. Learning how to talk to a mechanic means being comfortable with this kind of give and take. This way, the mechanic can put his or her suspicion of what might be wrong together with your experience behind the wheel in order to diagnose the issue.


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20 Apr 2017