Tuning Your Car
Every car needs a tune-up now and then, but sometimes you need an extra bit of tweaks to keep performance up. For that, you have car tuning. It’s one of the oldest freedoms that we’ve enjoyed in this country as far as cars go. A bit of fine tuning on the engine can tweak performance in any number of ways. You can improve speed, steering, fuel efficiency, even just the aesthetics of the car’s look and sound can be tuned to your preferences. Whatever you want, tuning can get it to you, but one thing you definitely don’t want is to be ripped off.
Yes, people will rip you off. Shocking, right? Like any industry, there are shady businesses that profit by taking people’s money and not giving them what they ask for. Either they lack the skills to do the job, or they simply do it in a sloppy way. Either way, the end result is that you don’t get what you pay for. So, if you want to avoid getting ripped off for a tuning job, here are a few tips to consider.
1. Get It In Writing
The first step to avoid getting ripped off is to get the agreement in writing. You should be wary of anyone who is unwilling to give you a written agreement, a cost estimate, or a detailed breakdown of the work. For one thing, if it’s not written down, it can be very easy for mechanics to forget something. Getting the agreement in writing creates something for the mechanic to look back to when they need to see what to do. The bigger advantage is that if you have a written copy of the agreement, you have a record that you can use to prove what work you were owed. If that work doesn’t get done, they can’t pretend they didn’t know, or didn’t understand. You have proof of what you agreed to, so they’ll be less inclined to try and cheat you.
2. More Expensive Is Not The Same As Better Quality
Have you ever noticed that a t-shirt with a logo on it is three or four times more expensive than a plane shirt? Have you ever noticed how those two shirts are both equally well-made? Well, that’s because when you buy a shirt with a logo on it, you aren’t just buying a shirt, you’re buying a brand. This is as true in the mechanic industry as it is in the fashion industry. Big-Name Brand auto-parts companies charge way more for their parts than others, even though the other parts are just as good as theirs. While not every off-brand part is good, a recognized brand name doesn’t guarantee quality. Before you sign an agreement with any company, find out what brands they use and do a little research. You might be able to save yourself some money.
3. Too Good To Be True Usually Isn’t True
Never trust wild claims, especially when they don’t raise the costs. People don’t usually go the extra mile for no extra cash. If someone says they can supercharge your engine, or give you 100 miles to the gallon, but doesn’t charge extra for it, it’s a safe bet that they’re making it up. In fact, someone claiming they can give you 100 miles to the gallon is probably lying even if they do charge more for it. While you can’t know everything about cars, it doesn’t take much to check online about claims. If you’ve got a nagging feeling that a company can’t do what they claim, take a bit of time and check it out before you sign anything.
4. The More You Know
Knowledge is power. Knowing is half the battle. All the other slogans that 80s cartoons used to go on about when they wanted to pretend they were educational. But just because it’s cliché, doesn’t mean it’s true. Most people get ripped off simply because they didn’t know what they were getting into. Not knowing anything at all makes it easy for others to take advantage of you.
The solution? Do some research. Go online and find out what you can before you go in to get your car tuned, or repaired. You can usually find enough information on the subject to get at least a baseline idea of what you need to have done. Even having just a base idea of the subject is enough to discourage shady companies from trying to cheat you. If they think there’s a chance they’ll get caught, they won’t want to try.
5. More Power Isn’t Always Better Performance
It’s easy to tune an engine to get more power out of it. Shockingly, easy, in fact. The problem is, performance is about more than power. The more power you force out of the engine, the more stress it puts on it. Make it too powerful and you’ll wear out the engine real fast. What good is a powerful engine if the engine melts after a few weeks? And yes, that happens.
6. Check The Company History
Just because someone says they know how to tune a car, even if they own a company specifically for it, that doesn’t mean it’s true. There’s no licensing on the subject, so anyone can claim to know how to tune a car and then charge money to do it. While I’d like to think that most mechanics are legitimate, there are certainly people out there who have no qualifications that start car tuning companies.
Fortunately, there’s this marvelous invention called The Internet, and one thing that the internet provides is reviews. Before you decide to go with a company, check and see what reviews they have. If they’re a bad company, you’ll quickly find bad reviews online. While many people forget to leave good reviews when they like the service, someone who suffers due to a poor quality job is most likely going to want to vent their frustrations. If the company is bad, the reviews will almost always reveal it.
Let Us Help
I could say “trust us,” but that would lack self-awareness after writing an article like this. Fortunately, you don’t have to take our word for it. Our work speaks for itself. You can read plenty of reviews from our customers to get an idea of the quality of our work. And if that’s not enough, take our advice above and put us to the test. We’re not afraid to prove ourselves because we know we can. So, if you’re looking to get some work done on your car, then get in touch with us. We’ll give you the best service anywhere.