Avoid Saying Yes for These Repair Scams (Part 2)

In my previous post, I have talked about the Avoid Saying Yes for These Repair Scams. Today, I want to elaborate and discuss other repair frauds. You should not be fooled by these scam tactics:

  1. Watch out for that dirty air filter. selective focus photography of tools in chest

    • Another strategy to upsell when you are on regular car maintenance is that the mechanic would show you a dirty air filter. However, this may not be from your car, and it’s just a way to trick customers. When they check, make sure that the filter is indeed from your car.
    • Typically, there 2 kinds of air filter: a) engine air filter and b) cabin air filter. The engine air filter’s purpose is to separate the dust and debris from the vehicle’s moving parts. For its maintenance, you will need to replace the engine air filter every 15,000 miles.
    • Meanwhile, the cabin air filter that is connected to the AC system. Because of this, the cabin filter is responsible to clean the air flowing out the air conditioner. Thus, it will cool the driver and passengers. You can usually locate the filter under the dashboard and near the glove box compartment. As for replacement, like the engine air filter, you can replace the cabin air filter any time after 15,000 to 20,000 miles.
  1. Replacing it with used parts.

  2. Getting an engine flush.

    • An engine flush will cost you around $200. It’s expensive, and not to mention, unnecessary. You will only need it if and only  if you don’t change the oil when as recommended. It is not needed if you take good care of your car. Inspect the oil filler lid for any signs of gunk and grime. If there’s no sign of sludge, then, everything’s fine.
  3. Nothing stays forever.

    • In the automotive business, every car part is subject to wear and tear. Every brake pad, filter, transmission fluid will eventually be worn out. So, do not buy something that will last a lifetime. A transmission fluid should be replaced every 35,000 miles so don’t believe that a car part will last forever because there is NO such thing!
  4. Frequent oil changes.

    • Twenty years ago,  cars may need frequent oil changes. For cars today, you won’t need to do it as often. Usually, the oil change happens every 5,000 miles. To know the exact recommendation on how frequent it should be, you should refer to the owner’s manual. If you don’t understand anything, most of the details should be indicated in your manual for frequently asked questions.

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