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Old 05-02-2018, 08:33 PM
 
Location: USA
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How to work with Mobile Mechanic, side work mechanic ?
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Thanks for looking into my thread.

I find mobile mechanic, side work mechanic, who claim they can do better job than repair shop.


How do we verify their job and avoid rip-offs?

Is it OK to ask reference of past work, driving license info?


Thanks for your help/guidance.
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Old 05-02-2018, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Riverside Ca
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Unfortunately you can’t really check his work. You can ask to see recent pics of his work and getvreferences. Most of these guys are fly by nights that I wouldn’t personally use.

Have the guy come over. What is he driving? If he pulls up with a tool set from the clearance isle at pep boys close your door and walk away.

I would be very weary about using some mobile mechanic I know nothing about. He may be cheaper but I’ve seen too many “this guy was cheap” results on friends cars. Unfortunately I got stuck fixing the “great deal” they got
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Old 05-02-2018, 09:24 PM
 
Location: Lee County, NC
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"The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten."
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Old 05-02-2018, 09:33 PM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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People will never stop looking for good, cheap mechanics.

Why would a good mechanic work cheaply? What's he going to do, make up for it by working longer hours?
C'mon, Man!
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Old 05-02-2018, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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I made an appointment for one of these mobile mechanics just last month. I got a text just before he was supposed to show up saying he couldn't make it and asking to reschedule. When I called the phone number for the mobile mechanic service, I got some rude call center guy that didn't make me want to do business with them.

I decided I'd rather go with a shop with an owner with a name who would need a good yelp review - and who personally, by name, had great reviews. I decided I'd rather pay more for that, and I'm glad I did.

On the other hand, I did use a mobile detail guy, and he did a great job detailing my truck for me.

However, he did mention he moved the large heavy tote behind my seat that had a very expensive after market air conditioner kit in it (we're talking it cost me about $1,700), and my truck was recently broken into and the a/c kit was stolen. Professional job. My truck is a 93 Nissan and was parked in an underground garage. Now, who knew where my truck was and what was in that opaque Rubbermaid tote behind the seats?

Was it a coincidence? Possibly. But, it makes me wonder.

I think it goes back to, you get what you pay for. Anyone who comes to you home has a legitimate reason to be there, and could be casing your property, basically with your permission.

I won't use any mobile services again. FWIW.
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Old 05-02-2018, 10:35 PM
 
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First thing is to understand that mobile mechanics are as varied as brick & mortar repair shops.

Are you talking a mobile mechanic who is certified, insured and licensed who comes to you and may charge as much as a regular shop and offers warranties on their work
OR,
are you talking Joe and his van with some tools advertising cheap rates that was the main reason you're thinking about using them?
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Old 05-17-2018, 08:16 AM
 
Location: USA
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Originally Posted by Rabrrita View Post
First thing is to understand that mobile mechanics are as varied as brick & mortar repair shops.

are you talking Joe and his van with some tools advertising cheap rates that was the main reason you're thinking about using them?
YES


For any parts replacement, it is straight forward, but how do I handle body work from them?

I am talking about the above .


Thanks for sharing.
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Old 05-17-2018, 08:26 AM
 
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I can't answer as I would never use a "A Man and a Van" for repair work.

I have no problems using a skilled professional mechanic for mobile repairs, but not just because they are cheap. Maybe others have done it this way and can chime in with advice.
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Old 05-17-2018, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Metro Detroit Michigan
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There are to many problems with trying to get ahold of them again if they messed something up , there gone in a flash with your cash. People stop being cheap and go to a llegit shop. Are these mobile mechanic’s licensed and insured do they take credit cards i bet not.
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Old 05-17-2018, 09:12 AM
 
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Most mobile mechanics are guys doing side work. They aren't licensed or insured, which is why they are so cheap. If the guy gets hurt working in your driveway, dealing with the liability aspect isn't going to be fun. And what if he botches the job? Good luck calling him back to take him up on his "warranty," if there even is one.

I have a trusted indy shop I go to. In the off-chance something goes wrong, he will make it right.
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