You need your vehicle to get you from point A to point B, whether that is running errands, taking the kids to practice, or going to and from work. The need for a reliable vehicle makes regular maintenance essential and building a relationship with a high-quality mechanic imperative. You need to keep the lines of communication open with your mechanic and gather the right information to get the most out of your appointment. Here are five questions you should ask your mechanic during your next maintenance visit.

When am I due for my next scheduled maintenance?

You need to take care of your vehicle if you want it to run smoothly for years to come and that starts with regular maintenance. Make sure to ask your mechanic when your vehicle is due for its next checkup and what kind of service it will need. This way you will not be caught off guard by unexpected car repair bills. It is recommended that you change the oil every three months or every 5,000 to 7,500 km. Be sure also to rotate the tires every other oil change as well.

Do I need to schedule service or can I stop by?

Simple services like topping off fluids or changing the oil usually do not require an appointment since they can be done in just a few minutes. Other services like checking for a fluid leak or checking the transmission require more time and should be scheduled. After some time, you will know what kind of service you need and will be able to budget your time better. You will come to know which services require an appointment and which ones do not. If you are unsure, you can always call your mechanic.

How long will my appointment be?

You can plan your day better by asking this question. Some services require just a few minutes while others take a full day. How busy the service centre is will also play a role in how long your vehicle will take. Typically, after the first snowfall, time slots will be full of people switching to winter tires. During busy times, something that usually takes a short time can take longer. Talk to your mechanic about how their schedule looks for that day and what the estimated time of maintenance is so that you can plan your day accordingly.

What should I check between visits?

It is not solely your mechanic’s responsibility to make sure your vehicle is in excellent condition. There is no substitute for an observant driver. You see your car on a daily basis while your mechanic sees it a few times a year. Be alert to any changes in performance in your vehicle to stay safe, check that fluid levels are where they should be, put air in the tires, and change the wiper blades when necessary.

What can I do to get better fuel economy?

Every extra kilometre you can get out of your tank is more money in your pocket. Your mechanic can provide you with expert advice on what you can do to improve your fuel economy based on the specific vehicle you drive. There are simple measures you can take to get better fuel economy so that you spend less on gas.


To save money and get the most out of your vehicle, call Dixie Auto Pro and schedule your next appointment with us. We would be more than happy to answer any questions you have about your car.