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Published On: Mon, Aug 28th, 2017

Tackling Common Non-Mechanical Car Issues: What You Should Know

So your vehicle needs a bit of TLC. Maybe the upholstery is torn or the glove box won’t close. Maybe a door is misaligned or your window is cracked. No matter the damage, you should know a few things before you start tackling the endeavor of vehicle repairs.

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Do It Yourself

There are some vehicle repairs you can do yourself. Despite your abilities or knowledge of automobiles, some tasks can be handled by any novice. Depending on the damage, all you need is a few tools and the Internet or your owner’s manual. Let’s assume you’ve found a rip in your upholstery. Since you don’t want it to get worse, which will happen as soon as pressure is applied to that area, you could sew it up yourself. Time to take out your handy dandy sewing supplies. If you don’t have any, they’re pretty easy to come by. Sew a few well-placed stitches or use some upholstery glue, and you’re good to go.

Go Local

The best way to go about getting your non-mechanical car issue resolved quickly is to go local. If the problem isn’t a “fix it yourself” kind of complication, then it’s best to stick close to home. Thankfully, these days the Internet can help you there. If you don’t feel like calling all of the local mechanics, check out a couple Websites that could help you get started. Shopping around for a good place, choosing their business and sticking with them, will save you time later if anything else arises.

Get Quotes

Don’t let yourself get swindled! Just because you need some repairs, doesn’t mean you have to do business with the first company you come across. A lot of businesses will now give you a quote before you even confirm that you’re going to use them. Ask for one, and if it doesn’t seem right, then keep looking. Maybe you have a cracked window. We all know how that can go, one little crack and soon a spiderweb of lines appears across your vision. Getting a quote can be quick and easy. Consider your options and don’t stress. At least your car isn’t totaled.   

Check Reviews

Before choosing a place to fix your vehicle, check out what people are saying. Just because your neighbor goes to the shop down the street, doesn’t mean it’s the best place. Find out who gets high-ranking reviews. Five stars beats one star any day, so make sure you’re getting the best automobile care for your buck.  

Author: Clarissa Caouette

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