Car repair fraud affects too many people. Many repair shops don't set out to rip off their customers. What I've found is that the fraud happens when (this is just one example) a mechanic changes a part that they think is causing the problem but then find that that part did not fix the problem. This shop can either tell the customer about it and tell them that they don't have to pay for that part or they could just add it onto the bill and make something up about that part needing to be changed too. This type of fraud is very common and very tough for the customer to prove. Let's dig deeper into this and look at a few other common auto repair scams.
are the ones who know nothing about their cars and who know nothing about what is being done to their car. People will believe almost anything they hear because they don't have the knowledge to know whether they are being ripped off.
Another easy way to rip people off is to tell them that they need something replaced when they really don't. The reason this is so easy is because many people don't ask to see the part that is so bad. If the customer would simply ask to see the bad part this would car repair fraud from happening 80% of the time.
Some "mechanics" will tell you that you need a part replaced, then bring you the part, but it is not actually the one from your car. This would be hard to catch them doing on many jobs, but one thing you can do is ask them to take you back to see your car and exactly where this part fits. Just the fact that you are paying attention and asking questions will make it much harder for them to take advantage.
The next thing I could do is what "quick lube" type places are famous for. It is very easy to tell someone that they need a part changed or even one of their fluids changed and then charge you for this but never actually change the part or fluid.
The easiest way to keep this from happening is to either watch them the whole time or you can mark the part that they will be changing before hand. This works best for parts like oil filters and such. If you cannot or don't want to do this then simply ask them to show you what they replaced after they are done with your car. If it is possible to watch them while they work, that is the best way to be sure that they do what they say they will.
These are very common since brakes need to be changed often. There are a lot of very honest brake repair shops out there but there are plenty that will rip you off if you get a chance. Brakes are something that you can teach anyone to do, whether they have any auto repair experience or training or not. This can create a problem with people changing brakes that really don't know much about cars, they just know how to change brakes. If something goes wrong during the brake job, they might not know what to do about it.
There are also a few brake repair shops that are total scams. They are there to get as much money as possible out of their customers.
This scam is everywhere. For some reason people actually believe that if you buy this funny looking gizmo you will actually get better mpg. Not only is this a total scam it is made worse by all of the affiliates (people selling the product) who swear by it and paste their scam opinions all over the internet. Some of these people actually think this product works (placebo effect), but many of them are just there to make a buck off of unsuspecting customers.
Don't waste your money on this or any other seemingly magic mpg booster.
If you have been the victim of car repair fraud I have written a section just for you. There are a few specific steps you can take to help yourself and others. You may or may not ever get your money back but you can make sure as many people as possible know about the business that ripped you off.
If you have been ripped off by a repair shop, one of the best things you can do is to tell your friends and family so they know to stay away from the place that ripped you off. This is the point of sharing your story with my readers. The more people who know about fraudulent auto repair facilities the more people can avoid getting ripped off by them.
Please share your story with as much detail as possible. If you can snap a picture of the shop, that would be helpful as well. Then post your story to me Facebook page>>>