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What is a Mobile Mechanic?

March 2, 2020

Have you ever needed to take your vehicle into the repair shop, but didn’t have the time? Or perhaps you had no way of getting it there because it was completely broken down. Regardless of the reason, having to bring your vehicle into the shop always feels like a dreaded chore.

Nowadays, you can get all kinds of services delivered straight to your home. Groceries, laundry, that exercise bike everyone’s raving about. So, why not car repair?

Good news! You totally can with a mobile mechanic service like RepairSmith. Mobile mechanics are exactly what they sound like. They provide the ultimate level of efficiency and convenience by coming to your location to repair your vehicle on-site.

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Where Do Mobile Mechanics Work?

While mobile mechanics are awesome in that they come to you, there are a few things to consider in order to provide a safe and efficient work environment.

For instance, it’s best if your vehicle is parked on a paved surface that is relatively flat to allow the mechanic to safely and easily maneuver under it, if needed. If you have access to a garage or carport, parking your vehicle there for service is preferable. A driveway or parking lot will also work. Ideally, you want to avoid parking your vehicle in the street, on a steep hill, or on an unpaved surface, for safety reasons.

Keep in mind that most mobile mechanics arrive in trucks or vans that carry all their tools and equipment. Our mobile mechanics at RepairSmith arrive in fully-equipped company vans. Ideally, they’d be able to park their vans as close as possible to the vehicle that needs service.

This might be a bit tricky if you live in an apartment complex with limited parking. Try your best to locate a safe area where the van can park nearby. For those who live in gated communities, remember you’ll need to provide the van access as well.

While most repairs can be performed at your home or office, there are some jobs that require a shop with a lift. For such repairs, RepairSmith has a network of certified shops ready to provide assistance.

How Do Mobile Mechanics Work?

Working with a mobile mechanic is easy. The process starts with getting a quote and making an appointment online. To get a free, instant quote, all you have to do is tell them a little bit about your car including the year, make, and model, along with the service or services you need. If you’re not sure which services you need, you can describe the issue to the best of your ability – noting any bizarre noises, leaks, or other symptoms you might have noticed. You can also choose to speak directly with one of RepairSmith’s expert service advisors over the phone.

Once you select a day and time that works best for you, we will dispatch a mechanic to your location of choice. The mechanic will arrive in a company van, equipped with all the tools and parts necessary to get the job done. To ensure that they show up with the correct parts, it’s important that you give accurate information about your vehicle. For example, providing your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) can go a long way in helping the mechanic secure the correct parts.

What Kinds of Repairs Can Mobile Mechanics Perform?

Mobile mechanics can perform a wide range of repairs and services directly on-site. Routine maintenance, such as oil changes, air filter replacements, battery replacements, and brake pads replacements, can almost always be handled at your location. If you’re getting your vehicle serviced at work or at a public location, it’s best to check with the property manager first. A mobile mechanic can also perform many common repairs onsite such as alternator replacements, coolant hose replacements, and more.

There are, of course, more extensive jobs that require a shop with a lift. Say, for instance, your car needs an engine or transmission rebuild. A physical auto repair shop is the best place to tackle a job of that caliber.

That’s why RepairSmith offers a network of certified repair facilities to help out with these more complicated repairs. We are able to arrange for your vehicle to be brought to the shop and brought back to you when the job is complete.

How Do Mobile Mechanics Charge?

RepairSmith offers pricing that is competitive with what you’d expect from your local shop. We take into account the labor rates in your specific area and don’t up-charge simply because we are offering a convenient service.

When the job is complete, paying for your repair is just as easy as the rest of the process. Once the mechanic finishes the job, they will collect payment from you via credit card, cash, or check. A detailed invoice that you can keep for your records is also sent via email.

Try a Mobile Mechanic Today

Hiring a mobile mechanic is the most convenient way to service your car. The next time you’re looking for expert maintenance or repair, consider doing it on your terms, by having a mobile mechanic come to you.