Taking your vehicle in for service can be nerve-wracking if you’ve never done it before. According to AAA, to help prepare for routine vehicle maintenance, you set $50 aside every month. You may wonder what exactly happens when you schedule that oil change or get the brake pads replaced. Here’s what you can expect before your next auto shop appointment.
Scheduling Your Appointment
When it’s time for car maintenance, start by calling a few auto shops in your area to compare availability. Most shops book up quickly, so schedule your appointment 1 to 2 weeks in advance, if possible. When you call, let them know exactly what services you need, such as an oil change, brake inspection, or fluid checks. The shop will provide you with an estimate over the phone, so you know what to expect cost-wise. Scheduling early also allows you time to prepare everything you need before dropping your car off.
Gathering Necessary Information
Before your car maintenance appointment, gather your insurance information, vehicle registration, tire specs, and any recall notices. This allows the auto shop to access your car’s history and ensure they have everything they need to complete the requested services. Make sure to check your tire pressure and tread depth before going in, and track your recent gas mileage if you suspect issues with your fuel efficiency. Having this information ready saves time once you arrive for your appointment.
What to Expect When You Arrive
When you get to the auto shop for your appointment, you’ll likely need to complete some quick paperwork – mainly permission for them to complete the discussed services. Make sure to ask any remaining questions you have at this time about the car maintenance process. Then you’ll hand over your keys and information to the service team. They will then inspect your car, and let you know if they discover any additional issues. The service advisor will provide you with an updated quote if any new repairs outside the original estimate need to be added.
The auto shop team knows how inconvenient car issues can be, so they aim to make the process as smooth and transparent as possible for you from appointment scheduling to the completion of your car maintenance. Arriving prepared, asking questions, and clearly communicating your needs guarantees the best experience. Call S & S Automative Pro today to schedule an appointment or to obtain an estimate.