Have you ever wondered why an auto repair shop would include a free “multi-point vehicle inspection” when your car’s in for auto repair service? There are two primary reasons. The first is marketing. Repair shops are attempting to build value and to entice you to service with them. The second is they’re looking for work – literally. They’re hoping to find a problem, which they can then fix for you – not for free.
What you are actually getting for free is very little. These multi-point checks are merely cursory glances (if at all) at fluids, belts, hoses, tires, brakes, and under-carriage. Depending on the vehicle it actually takes 1-3 hours to thoroughly check a car over – something no repair shop will do for free. This is not to say the multi-point check is unnecessary. It’s just already done with most oil changes, repair services, and regular car maintenance schedules.
Remember, whenever your vehicle is being serviced, technicians are always looking for needed repairs to sell you. They’re paid by billing labor hours.
There’s nothing wrong with “searching for repairs” as long as if and when repair needs are found that they are indeed needed and not exaggerated. Ask your auto repair shop to prioritize any needed car repairs and suggestions in terms of safety and potential further damage.
Don’t be afraid to get a second opinion and ask questions. Always get an auto repair estimate in writing with a complete break down of parts, taxes, labor, and miscellaneous charges. And stick to your manufacturer’s recommendations for your car repairs and maintenance.