Find The Best Mechanic To Keep Your Truck Running Right
Finding the mechanic that meets your needs takes more than luck. You may have to visit a variety of mechanics before you find one that gives you all of the guarantees you need that the repairs are being assessed properly and that you’re not being charged for unnecessary or incomplete work. Once you find the right mechanic, you can dramatically improve the reliability of your truck.
If you are driving a used truck, things are going to break 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 they think 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.
When taking your used truck in for repairs, the first step is to get a detailed estimate that includes the specific work to be completed, labor estimates and price estimates. Once you have your estimate, it’s time to call your local dealer. Let the dealer know that you need repairs and have a detailed estimate. Ask if they are willing to work with you to meet or beat the price you’ve been given.
Once you have reached an agreement make it perfectly clear that you agree on that price, and you don’t expect there to be any changes after the job is completed. Most of the time they will stick to that price if you make it totally clear and repeat yourself about ten times before they begin working. Let them know that you would like to be notified if there are going to be any modifications to the first estimate.
We sell quite a few Volvo trucks at and run a fleet of almost exclusively Volvo 670s at Hoovestol Incorporated. The biggest concern that most people have is that for some of the things that go wrong with these trucks, you need to take them to a Volvo shop. I would say this has gotten better in recent years with a lot of the major fleets running Volvo trucks. However, it seems like a lot of these shops think they are the only ones who can fix your truck and that you have no other alternatives. However, you can still use the techniques I described above to minimize the damage, and get back on the road for the lowest possible price. My hope is that using the experience I’ve had will help a little.
Joe Hoovestol is the owner of Lone Mountain Truck Leasing which offers commercial truck leasing and semi truck financing on today’s most popular trucks. Learn more about being an owner operator with the help of trucking professionals.