Have you ever gone to an auto repair shop for an oil change, only to have the mechanic say you need a new transmission? Or has the mysterious “check engine” light come on, and next thing you know the mechanic has a list of expensive engine parts that need replacing? You’re certainly not alone. However, there’s finally something you can do about it (and it’s what we’ve all been waiting for), but more on that shortly.
According to Joe, our ‘mechanic insider’ with over 40 years of experience, “Jacking up prices with unnecessary repairs is easier than you think. And it happens way more often than most realize.”
WATCH: See How Easily A Mechanic Can Rip You Off
“Joe” recently shared some dirty, inside secrets about how shady mechanics get you to pay for things you really don’t need.
“The shop has to stay in business.” Joe explains. “And since the profit margin is tiny for repair shops, it’s not uncommon for mechanics to feel the pressure by their bosses to perform unnecessary work. It’s basically, ‘do it or lose your job.”
Here’s a sneaky trick most everyone’s familiar with. Joe says it’s known as “The Wallet Flush”. You go in for a routine oil change and suddenly it turns into something much more expensive.
“Shops lose money on a $19 oil change. So the idea is to sell you coolant flushes, trans flushes, power steering flushes…that’s where the money is.”
Joe says this under-handed trick is a big money maker. “Mechanics love jacking up repair costs based on the ‘Idiot Light’, a term often used for the ‘Check Engine Light’. It’s one of the most profitable and easy to use tricks in the industry.”
Joe says, “It’s so easy to rip people off with this one because you’re exploiting people’s fears. Preying on their lack of knowledge of the ‘Check Engine Light’. It could be a simple $50 fix but the average person has no way of knowing. So mechanics can take advantage of that and easily make anything up – who’s gonna know?”
And that’s precisely what Brenda M., from Raleigh, NC thinks happened to her.
“When that light came on, I got worried. There’s now way of knowing if it’s critical or not. So I took it right over to the auto shop a block away. The guy there looked under the hood for about 5 minutes before telling me I needed to replace the entire mass air flow sensor – it cost over $300! About 2 months later, the check engine light came on again, so I decided to take it to the dealership. When I told them about the incident, they said it didn’t look like anything had been touched or replaced at all, but they couldn’t be sure. I was so mad and felt so embarrassed. I know he saw an easy target and took advantage of me.”
Joe says, “There are a couple things you can do to protect yourself against crooked mechanics. Ask friends, family, and coworkers first about car issues. And try to find a reputable shop that you can trust and build a relationship with – that’s absolutely key.”
But even better…
Joe let us in on a little secret that almost no car owner knows about yet (and every mechanic wants to keep it that way). It’s a tiny device made by this company based in Atlanta, GA that gives you real-time, easy-to-understand updates on the health of your car, if there are any problems, and how severe or urgent they might be.
It’s called FIXD and according to Joe, it’s a “GAME-CHANGER”
You simply plug it into your OBD (on-board diagnostics) port, the same port mechanics use (every car made in 1996 or later is required to have one), and it instantly gives you real time updates about your car’s health without taking it to the auto shop!
It takes less than 60 seconds to plug it in and anyone can do it – no professionals or car knowledge needed.
The Best Part: According to Joe, “FIXD translates that ‘Idiot Light’ into simple, easy-to-understand terms for you. It tells you exactly what’s causing the ‘Check Engine Light’ to come on, how severe & urgent the problem is, and whether you should immediately stop driving or not. You’ll never be at the mercy of a shady mechanic again!”
BONUS: Another great feature is its Maintenance Reminders and Timeline. Once you plug FIXD in and sync it to your phone with their free app, you can see what services your car needs and when! Never miss another oil change or critical service need again!
With everything FIXD can do, you’d think it would cost a few hundred dollars, right?! That’s what makes this company so great. The founders of FIXD made it incredibly affordable so they can help as many people as possible avoid getting scammed by mechanics, while also staying on top of their car’s health.
It’s priced affordably at only $59 and you can purchase it on their official website here.
As of Thursday, July 12th 2018, FIXD is offering a discount when you buy more than one. (Hint: These make great gift ideas for family and friends!)
For a little more than your basic oil change, FIXD gives you a whole lot of peace-of-mind when it comes time to taking your car to the auto shop. Talk about an ounce of protection being worth a pound of cure – FIXD is definitely that!
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