Isn’t it frustrating when you bring your car in for an oil change and the shop comes back and says that you need a list full of items for your car? I get it, not only can it be frustrating, but because you weren't expecting to spend more than $40 today, it’s down right infuriating. Maybe you should just tell the shop not to do their “free” inspection. However, when you look at it, isn’t it valuable information to actually know what is going on with your car? Most of the time there isn’t anything that is pressing. It’s not often that the service advisor will tell you that you shouldn't drive the car away due to some safety reason. It’s just a good way to plan for the future.
What kind of maintenance items are going to be needed? What type of upcoming repairs will have to be done before it becomes a safety issue? How much will it cost to repair everything and what is the breakdown of all of the costs? These are the questions you should be asking the service advisor or mechanic. If you don’t get good answers, then it’s time for a second opinion. Just look for a shop that you feel comfortable with.
Once you have the answers, just budget out the items you want to get done over the next few months. Plus, if you’re at a good shop, they will most likely inspect your car anyway. Why? Because if they don’t and something goes wrong, they know that they’re the professionals and they are responsible for informing you of what is needed or coming up. So, don’t get mad or upset about the inspection. Use it to make informative decisions about what to do with your car. It’s a good tool that can let you be in control of your next car decision. So, use it!