How to Handle a Bad Mechanic

Car trouble is frustrating on its own. Add a bad mechanic to the mix, and you’ve got the recipe for a major headache.

It is more likely that you have a bad repair than a bad mechanic. There is a difference between trial-and-error diagnosis of a problem and unnecessary work performed only for profit.

The good news is that most states have consumer protections in place to help you dispute issues with auto repairs. But the fastest way to resolve an issue is directly with the mechanic.

Here are the steps to handling a dispute with a mechanic and tips for making it a smoother process.

Ask for documentation

When you pay for work on your car, you should be able to request documentation of what work was performed and which parts were installed.

Make it a habit to get a full itemized receipt from mechanics when you have work performed on your car so that you know what you’re paying for — and you have a record of what the mechanic says they did. Good documentation will list individual…

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This article was written by Whitney Vandiver and originally published on