Your mechanic knows more about your car than you do, but that doesn’t mean you have to live in the dark when it comes to auto-repairs. If you’re due a service, taking your car for a Warrant of Fitness, or leaving your vehicle in for some essential repairs, then make sure you ask these three following questions before you hand over your keys.

How long will it take?

This might seem obvious, but you need to be specific when asking about this. The job itself might take a couple of hours, but that doesn’t mean you can just pick it up after lunch. What if the job takes a couple of hours, but your Mechanic can’t look at it until next Monday? Can you wait until then? Is your vehicle roadworthy until then? How before you get your car back is different from how long the actual job will take, and it is something you need to know.

Do I get a courtesy car?

How does your life look without a car? How you going to get to work? How do the kids get dropped off to school? How will you get to your Krav Maga class on time? Public transport isn’t exactly reliable, so you’re going to need your own vehicle to get around. Ask your Mechanic if they provide a courtesy car while yours is in being serviced. If not, then make sure you have enough time to organise one for yourself. Borrow a friends or steal your wee sisters. She’s smaller than you. Although she might know Krav Maga.

Can I have an estimate?

A good Mechanic should be happy to provide you with an estimate for any work that needs done. It differs between the mechanics and the repairs necessary for your vehicle, but most times estimates are free. If your vehicle needs some serious work, and new parts need to be ordered and installed, then your bill may be higher than expected. It’s always a good idea to check beforehand on the different ways you can pay. Monthly installments might be an option with your local mechanics