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Find The Best Mechanic To Keep Your Truck Running Right

By Joe Hoovestol

In the trucking world there are good mechanics and those who are not so good. When searching for a new mechanic, assume that they are less than honest. When you take this perspective, you ensure that you won’t get taken for a ride. Some mechanics may push the limits of repair but are less likely to do so if you have the right approach. The few bad mechanics can spoil it for the many honest ones. Don’t let yourself get taken advantage of.

If you are driving a used truck, things are going to need repair and you will be visiting shops. The more miles your truck has on it, the more visits to a maintenance facility you will most likely have to make. My best advice would be to build a relationship with your local dealer. If the dealer believes there is a chance you will come back, they are less likely to take you to the cleaners every time you show up. If they consider you an out of town guest you can really get taken for a ride.

Whenever I consider taking my truck to a shop I ask them to first get me an estimate with every charge accounted for. Then I negotiate from there. My next step is to call my local dealer and ask them what they would charge me for the same repair. If you have a guide listing estimated times for each repair this would be the best negotiating tool, but your local truck dealership should be able to give you a good idea. More than ninety percent of the time they will work with you on the price and the amount of labor they are charging you for.

Once you’ve reached an agreement with your mechanic or dealer, let them know that you are agreeing to pay on the original estimate only. Additional expenses will not be paid for. Make this clear by repeating it multiple times throughout the buying process. Once you’ve clearly communicated your expectations, there will be no doubt that you are unwilling to incur additional costs.

I have years of experience selling Volvo trucks. As such I know that many of the problems they have are both common and predictable. The biggest worry that most people have is that when a problem arises they think believe the truck needs to be taken to a Volvo repair shop.Today this is no longer true with a lot of the major Fleets running Volvo trucks. Some of these repair shops know that they are specialists and that your options are fairly limited. But you can still use the techniques I described to get the best price possible.

Joe Hoovestol is the owner of Lone Mountain Truck Leasing which offers semi trucks for sale and truck leasing on today’s most popular semi trucks. Learn more about being an owner operator with the help of trucking professionals.

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