Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Hiring a licensed mechanic

It’s so important to make sure the person who works on your car is a licensed mechanic. It is not enough that they say they know what they are doing. I am part of a neighborhood app and a woman was looking for someone to work on her car. Someone responded and said, that they weren’t a licensed mechanic. They assured her that he knew what he was doing. The woman hired the guy and he really messed up her car. He didn’t know what he was doing and instead of telling her, he took the money and said he completed the job. The woman had to not only pay to fix her original problem but to also fix what the guy messed up. Her extra repairs cost her hundreds of dollars. 

While some people might truly know what they are doing, unless you know for sure, don’t hire someone who isn’t a licensed mechanic. I would trust my uncle to fix anything of mine but that’s because I know he knows what he’s doing.  If you don’t know a mechanic, you can always take your car to a car dealership and they can fix your car. If you take it to a dealership you know the service department has experience with working on your specific type of car. They can also help with seeing if it’s covered under warranty. 

It might be tempting to save some money and help out a neighbor by hiring them to fix your car. I totally understand that. It’s natural to want and help others. Maybe have them do something else that doesn’t require specific skills. Maybe hire them to mow your lawn or pull weeds. Remember that your car is transporting your family and you don’t want to break down on the side of the road. 

Avoid buy here pay here places when you buy your car

We have all seen them driving down the road, buy here, pay here car stores. I call it a store because I don’t consider it an actual dealership. Sometimes they are just in a parking lot somewhere. They are everywhere. They pop up on the middle of the night open for business. While it may seem like a good deal, you should really consider what your risks are. 

You don’t know who these people are. Did they just get a tow truck and bring in cars? How do they run? Are the titles legal? There’s so many questions. If you shop at a well established car dealership, you know that they are legal and know what they are doing. 

You might have to deal with them picking up shop and leaving town. They may not have a real interest in the customer and may be looking to make a quick buck. They could just disappear and not be held responsible. You wouldn’t be able to find information or reviews on them because they are usually not around long enough. I wonder if they visit auctions and scour Facebook and Craigslist for cars to sell. I think of them more as car flippers than car dealerships. 

Car dealerships care about their customers and are in it for the long run. You know exactly where to find them. The can offer you extras like service plans. 

The buy here pay here car stores are a problem in my area. The mayor of a nearby town has made an ordinance that there can’t be any more buy here pay here dealerships open up in a certain area. 

Normal dealerships are knowledgeable and can help with financing too. Remember that they work with the manufacturers so you know where the cars come from. 

Monday, May 6, 2019

Digital car keys

We have become such a digital society. We don’t even have to carry our credit cards anymore. They can just scan a bar code on our phones and we can pay that way. You can forget your wallet. You always have your phone though. We have apps for everything. If you can think it, there’s probably an app for it. 

We don’t even have to write anything down, we can talk to our devices and they write it for us. I tell my device what to put on my grocery list. When I am at the store, it shows up on my phone. Our kids take their state tests on iPads and computers. They don’t even need number two pencils anymore. 

I wasn’t surprised when I heard that we will eventually have digital keys to drive our cars. No more looking for your keys as long as you have your phone, you can drive. We even have an app for our lost keys. You push a button on your phone and your key fob sings so you can find it. You will be able to unlock the car with the digital key. 

You will be able to start the car right from your smart phone. I think that’s pretty genius. That would be great if you live in a cold climate. You could just pop outside and start your car without having to walk to your car and unlock it. I spend quite a bit of time looking for keys. It would be nice to not have to worry about it. I have one of those key things that I can push on my phone to help me find my keys. The only problem is that it’s not on my keys. 

You would also receive an actual key for when your phone dies or to give to a valet. That way you won’t be stranded with no way to get home. I am not too sure about all the digital advances we have these days. It makes it so easy but then again is it making it too easy?