An alternator is a crucial part of your vehicle's operation, converting the current into something usable for your car, keeping the lights on and the battery fully charged. If you see the alternator problem warning light pop up on your dashboard, or other tell tale signs that something is wrong (for example the lights will not maintain a constant level of brightness), you should check out whether you might have an alternator problem.
Most garage and repair shops will be able to do this for you, but with increasingly complex cars, it can be difficult to really understand what the mechanic is telling you is wrong and be confident that you are in good hands.
If you think something has gone wrong with your alternator, you want to find a reliable mechanic who has experience and will be able to diagnose and fix the problem. Here are the steps you should take to find a mechanic to do your alternator repair.
1. Always get a second opinion
Whether or not you are unsure about how the problem with your car has been diagnosed, you should always seek out a second opinion. Alternators can produce a range of problems if they are not working properly; however, these issues could easily be a sign of something else, so do not be afraid to check out the problem with a friend who knows about cars or a different garage entirely.
2. Check out the cost of spare parts online
If the quote for spare parts for your car is looking too high, be sure to do your research online to make sure that you are being charged a fair price. Many dealers will have access to special discounts from manufacturers, so you should not be able to find the same alternator part for cheaper online. If you do, ask if you can purchase the part yourself and just pay for the labor costs associated with fitting the part.
3. Look for reviews online
Make sure you check out any online reviews of the garage before handing over any money. Because car repairs are so expensive, most people will turn to the internet to vent their frustration if they did not get the repair they paid for or to rave about a mechanic who did a great job. Negative reviews can be a warning sign, so do not be afraid to trust your instinct.