With today’s cars becoming more technologically advanced than the space shuttle, it can be quite confusing to determine exactly what is going wrong with them. There have been many sub-systems and gadgets and gizmos added that not only serve to make you a better, safer driver, but also to make your car run more efficiently and longer. Today’s cars get better gas mileage and have better performance than their counterparts from even twenty years ago.

When something does go wrong with your car, you should know that you can depend on the professionals here at GIC Car Clinic to repair your car right the first time. Did you know that the way you communicate with your mechanic can actually help him faster determine the problem and make the right repair choice? It’s because the way you communicate with them will help them detect the cause of the breakdown. This will save you both time and money.

Our mechanics suggest the following tips to help you better communicate your car care needs:

  • Take some time and read your car’s owner’s manual, it includes a wealth of information about your car and it’s systems. You might even learn something new that you didn’t even know about your car.
  • Take a look at the maintenance schedule while you are in the owner’s manual and follow it. Routine service can prolong the life of your car and save you money on costly repairs.
  • Keep a log of all of the routine service and repairs that you have done on your car and keep the receipts in a folder. Bring this along when you take your car in for repair.
  • Look for leaks under your car. Listen for any strange sounds that your car is making as you pull out of your driveway and notice any odd smells that your car might have. Make a note of when these started happening.
  • If your car suddenly starts to run poorly or gets worse fuel economy, you may have a problem. Keep track of when this happens especially if it is intermittent or has started abruptly.
  • Likewise, if your car gets any noticeable shakes or vibrations that are not normal to it or the driving just doesn’t feel right. These are all symptoms of a problem that should be corrected before it gets worse.
  • Make notes as to when any of the above symptoms occur and bring these with you when you take your car in for repair. This list will help the service writer or mechanic a lot more than you think.
  • Resist the urge to suggest a course of repair. Just as you would with your doctor, where you would point out where it hurts and how long it's been that way, but let the mechanic troubleshoot the problem and recommend a solution.
  • Don't rush the mechanic or service writer to make an on-the-spot diagnostic. Ask to be called and informed of the diagnosis findings, repair procedure, and cost estimate before starting the repairs.

Don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions. A good repair shop will answer all of your questions and help you make the right repair decision. The more information you have, the better you will be able to communicate with your mechanic. Our staff at GIC Car Clinic will answer all of your questions because we want what’s best for you and your car.