Keeping them honest: The question that sets mechanics right

Published: Monday, Oct. 8 2012 11:11 a.m. MDT

Before a mechanic installs new parts, car owners should ask to get the replaced parts back in order to cut down on dishonesty.

Michael Brandy, Deseret News

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Before a mechanic installs new parts, car owners should ask to get the replaced parts back in order to cut down on dishonesty, according to LifeHacker.

Asking for old parts not only verifies that the work was done, but allows the car owners to make sure that the repair had to be made, according to Auto MD.

However, there are some exceptions to the rule. Some parts require special disposal, or maybe you already trust your mechanic. If not, it’s a good idea to ask for the parts, according to LifeHacker.

The mechanic’s response to the request can often clue you in as to how trustworthy they are. If they change their mind about what they once said was a necessary repair, you might want to switch mechanics, according to LifeHacker.

If they do give you the parts back, you can always get a second opinion to see if the repair was needed. You can stop the search for an honest mechanic when you meet one that gives you the old parts back and shows you what they are doing to your car, according to LifeHacker.

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