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5 Questions to Ask Your Mechanic

For many people, a visit to the mechanic can be daunting. In fact, according to a study by Cooper Tires, 54% of Americans feel intimidated when dealing with a car mechanic.

The good news is, no mechanic expects you to be an expert when you bring their car into the shop. But if you want to feel more confident, here are some questions to ask your mechanic to make sure you are getting the service your vehicle needs.


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5 Questions to Ask Your Mechanic


1. Do you regularly work on the same make and model of my car?

Some mechanics specialize in specific types of cars or have their team members certified to work on certain makes and models. Taking your car to a specialized mechanic could ensure you receive the right level of support and care — especially if you own a sports car or vintage vehicle.

2. Do you provide free estimates?

Before you let your mechanic diagnose the issues your car may have, it’s important to ensure they provide free estimates. It’s also important to find out the total cost of repairs — is it a flat fee or is it at an hourly rate?

3. Are your parts and services under warranty?

Be sure to check how warranties work at your mechanic. You’ll want to find out what is covered and for how long or how many miles.

4. Do you have financing options?

Car repairs can be expensive. If you are worried about the bill, it’s important to ask your mechanic if you are expected to pay ahead of time. At the same time, you need to ask your mechanic what their financing options are. Questions about payment are some of the most important questions to ask your mechanic before any work begins.

5. Will you confirm any changes to my service before making them?

Because auto repairs don’t always go as planned, there are sometimes changes to the maintenance plan. Be sure to confirm with your mechanic that they will run any changes past you prior to making them — especially if those changes result in a price increase.

Having these questions on hand will help you more prepared and more confident that your car will be fixed by the right person.



6 Locations to Serve You

At Mac’s Radiator, our goal is to provide you with top-notch customer service with the products and skills you need to keep your vehicle running smoothly and safely. We specialize in custom radiator manufacturing and fabrication, but our extensive catalog and service options cover a wide range of products:

  • Radiators
  • Air Conditioning
  • Charge Air Coolers
  • Electric Cooling Fan Assemblies
  • Exhaust
  • Gas Tanks
  • Heaters
  • Fan Blades
  • Fan Clutches
  • Oil Coolers
  • Cooling Systems

In addition, we have a convenient online store for your perusal including a whole set of custom-made and restored items. Mac’s Radiator is also proud to offer wholesale accounts to our valued business partners.

We have six convenient locations in Portland, OR, Beaverton, OR, Bend, OR, Boise, ID, Eugene, OR, and Salem, OR, so give us a call or fill out our online form for more information.




Portland, OR      (503) 777-4706
Beaverton, OR  (503) 646-2943
Bend, OR            (541) 382-6963
Boise, ID            (208) 344-1722
Eugene, OR        (541) 344-0253
Salem, OR          (503) 364-7129

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