Thank you to YourMechanic.com for sponsoring this post.
None of us have a lot of free time, so car repairs can really throw a wrench in our schedule. The last time I had to get something fixed on my car it turned into a full day spent hanging out at the repair shop (with kids) and left me too exhausted to do anything else when I got home. YourMechanic.com can change that. Their mobile mechanic service sends someone directly to your home or business to fix your car. You no longer need to spend your day sitting at the dealership or finding a rental car. They work on your schedule and provide very reasonable rates.
Car repairs are never fun. We have a few things that need to be done on my van that we’ve been putting off because no one has the time to devote a day to getting the van fixed.
Our cars get us from point A to point B, but when something doesn’t work right it definitely makes our lives a whole lot more difficult.
For those of us with parents who aren’t local to us, car repairs can also mean trying to help out from a distance (which never works out well), or planning a trip to visit to make sure they don’t end up spending too much on repairs.
When I first heard of YourMechanic.com, I immediately thought of it as the perfect way to help my father who lives in Los Angeles. He has an older BMW that is, all too frequently, in need of repairs. This week the driver’s side window regulator was the part that had broken, making going through the drive through at In-N-Out (a favorite of both of ours) an impossible challenge.
How does YourMechanic.com work?
The process to set up the YourMechanic.com appointment was a simple process. All you have to do is go to their website, explain the issue, and let them know when you would like them to come.
I easily was able to do this for my father from a few states over.
If you don’t know already what parts will be needed, YourMechanic will gladly come out for an assessment, order all the parts and come back to install them. They can get most parts in just a few days.
In my father’s (and every other old BMW owner’s) case , this was not the first time that he had experienced a window regulator failing, so the assessment was not necessary. I just put it in the notes online that I knew what the problem was and what parts would be required. My recommendation is probably still to typically schedule an assessment as you may still miss required parts.
Shortly before the appointment time, YourMechanic.com sent an email along with a text message letting us know that our mechanic, Ruben, was on his way. It even let us track his location, which was a nice touch.
Ruben was very personable mechanic with over 20 years of experience.
When he showed up he quickly went over what he was going to do and then went to work. I know that BMW’s are often not the easiest vehicles to work on but he seemed to be quite knowledgeable about what he doing.
A few hours later (which was in the estimate given to us when we set up the appointment), Ruben had installed the window regulator, completely eliminating my father’s exercise plan of needing to walk into the building to get fast food. Didn’t I mention it was the perfect gift?
At the conclusion of the appointment, Ruben walked around the vehicle to do a visual assessment of of the car. He looked at everything from the brakes to many of the systems under the hood.
He even noticed that the power steering pump was leaking and provided a quote to fix it. The interesting thing was that this was a part that was recently replaced by another another mechanic that was not from YourMechanic.com so it was interesting to see that the old fix hadn’t been effective.
My father does have a birthday coming up…maybe it is time to book another YourMechanic.com appointment for him.