August 15, 2022
Written by
Jenna Lutwin

What is a mobile mechanic? (+ 5 things to expect when you hire one)

If you are like most people, you probably don't want to take your car in for repairs. It can be a hassle, from making time in your regular routine to coordinating an appointment with the auto repair shop or the dealership. Depending on your car's condition, you may have to find a tow truck, get it towed to the shop, and wait for hours while the mechanic addresses your issue. Often, you don’t know what the cost will be until after waiting a few hours for a diagnostic test. Imagine doing this in the middle of a busy work week. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was an easier way? There is - you can hire a mobile mechanic!

What is a Mobile Mechanic?

Mobile mechanics are exactly what they sound like - mechanics that come to you. Most mobile mechanics can be booked by calling their office or contacting the phone number listed on their website or Google listing. Some may even allow you to book entirely online and save the time required to book via phone. The best part is that a mobile mechanic can come to your location, your home, office, or even a parking lot. You can find a mobile mechanic online through a simple Google search, asking around your local network, or using a directory like Angie’s List.

What Can I Expect from a Mobile Mechanic? 

A mobile mechanic can help diagnose your car to let you know what repairs are needed. They arrive on-site with their own tools and equipment, so there is no need to worry about providing them yourself. Most mobile mechanics can address your car repair or maintenance needs on the spot or have relationships with car shops and tow truck operators to take your vehicle to a convenient location to manage the repair.

Each time you book with a Curbee Crew Member, they complete a Signature Health Check so that you understand your car’s current condition and what repairs or maintenance services are required to keep your car in top shape.

With a mobile mechanic, you have the chance for one-on-one time with the professional to understand what your car needs to operate in the best condition. This is your chance to ask questions about cost and how you can continue to maintain your car after the repair or service. 

What are the Benefits of a Mobile Mechanic?

There are a few key benefits of using a mobile mechanic: 

  • You don't have to take time out of your busy schedule to bring your car in for repairs.
  • In most cases, you don't have to worry about finding a tow truck or paying for a tow because the mechanic can repair or service your vehicle on the spot.
  • Mobile mechanics are often cheaper than traditional shops because they don't have the overhead costs of a brick-and-mortar business.

What Should I Consider When Hiring a Mobile Mechanic? 

If you're thinking of using a mobile mechanic, you should keep a few things in mind. You want to research and ensure the mobile mechanic is properly licensed and insured. If something happens where the mobile mechanic is injured on the job or your car is damaged, you want to make sure you aren’t liable to cover those costs. 

Make sure to ask around for referrals. Check with friends and family who have used mobile mechanics in the past and see who they recommend. You may also want to read the reviews of the mobile mechanic posted on their website, Google listing, or in the Better Business Bureau. 

And lastly, like with any significant purchase, make sure to ask around for multiple quotes to find the best price. Some mobile mechanics may have estimated price ranges on their website, or you can call them directly to explain your problem for a more accurate estimate. Once you have a few quotes from different mechanics, compare them against each other to see who offers the best value for your money.

In short, using a mobile mechanic is a great way to repair your car without having to go through all the hassle of taking your car to a traditional shop. If you keep these tips handy, you will have all the advice necessary to find the most mobile mechanic for your needs.

Looking to book a mobile mechanic today. Visit our Services and Rates page to get an estimate and book an appointment with a Curbee Crew Member.