International House/Division of Student Affairs mw/June 2008 Handouts/AutoMechanics.doc
In the United States, finding a reliable automobile mechanic is a difficult process. Although many mechanics are extremely skilled and
honest, some may be looking to taking advantage of people, or are just incompetent. To protect yourself from these situations it is
important to find out from the mechanic ahead of time what work needs to be done before he/she begins working. Due to possible
language problems, ask the mechanic to write down each inspection or repair that the mechanic is planning to make. Remember that it
is your car and your money! Also, do not agree to let the mechanic do any work that was not discussed when you first took the car in.
There have been situations where the mechanic will “discover” other problems with your car while fixing the original problem. Take care
of one problem at a time—the original one. Remember, before buying a used car, it is a very wise and accepted idea to have a
mechanic inspect the vehicle to make sure there are no problems. You must call for an appointment and fees.
Disclaimer: We cannot guarantee any of these mechanics or the prices. The comments in quotes are from international students & scholars.
Mechanics Within Walking Distance to Campus
Car Evaluation Fee/Comments
Melton’s Service Center
719 Iredell St.
$70 (takes about 1 hr, 15 minutes)
Northgate Express & Auto
1130 W. Club Blvd.
$65 for a complete “Buyer’s Evaluation”
Mechanics Within Driving Distance
Pre-Purchase Inspection Fee/Comments
967 - 3016
100 S. Merritt Mill Road,