Car OwnerKindness is only the beginning of being a good customer to a mechanic of Buick Cars in Thunder Bay. Another very important part of being a good customer in this line of work is being observant. Pay attention to your car. This means in regards to when you normal routine maintenance needs to be done, and with any changes that happen with your car. New sounds or smells could mean an issue. If anything out of the ordinary continues to happen for a week or so, you might want to give you mechanic a call. This is where the observance gets even more important.

Call the mechanic with data. You need to be able to concisely tell the mechanic what the problem is and answer any questions he may have. You need to know when the problem started, how long it has lasted, if it has gotten worse, how fast you have to be going, etc. It will save you money because it will save your mechanic diagnostic time.  Keep in mind, they do not need a journal complete with your car’s oil usage since your have had it. Just give the basic, pertinent information. They will ask questions if they need anything else. If in doubt, pay attention to the mechanic. If they start to seem impatient, they have probably heard enough and just want to get to work.

So, let’s say you find a funny noise but you are not sure if you need to go see your mechanic. The truth is, you have no way of knowing if it is serious or not. Another truth is that there is no harm in asking your mechanic. It is as simple as, “Hey, my car is making this noise. Should I be concerned?” They will let you know what needs to happen.

All in all, treat your mechanic the way you would want to be treated and they will treat you car well. We think that it is a worthy exchange.