Charging for parts that haven’t actually been replaced
This kind of tactic can catch many people out, particularly if you aren’t an expert at understanding every element of your vehicle.
Mr Kindred said: “How many of us can say they go right underneath their vehicle after ongoing maintenance to inspect the new parts which have been ‘replaced’ by the mechanic?
“It is actually pretty impossible – especially for someone with minimal knowledge on vehicle maintenance – to identify whether a part has been replaced with a new component or with a used part, even if the mechanic has charged full price.”
The best way to avoid this is by asking your mechanic to show you the replaced parts. More often than not, garages will be happy to give you the replaced parts to show what has been done and point out where the problem with the faulty component was.
In the event you do run into this form of scam, Mr Kindred advises reporting it to Trading Standards.
Car fails MOT with unnecessary repairs
Although in the vast majority of cases garages will only fail a car’s MOT if it does not meet the legal requirements, sometimes unexpected repairs might not be as necessary as a mechanic says.
The car insurance expert said: “Your car is running perfectly, then you take it in for its MOT and it comes away with a long list of unexpected repairs. You’re told some of these will be essential for the car to legally pass the MOT.
“However, before you agree to the work and hand over your cash, not all the repairs may be essential, despite what your mechanic might claim.”
In this instance it is vital drivers ask to see the fail report.
Mr Kindred added: “The MOT is split into two categories, advisories and failures, therefore your vehicle is still deemed roadworthy if you don’t repair the advisories.”