Many auto parts shops advertise their ability to diagnose vehicle issues for free. You may see these ads on TV or roadside signs. But are these services truly free? Here are some things to keep in mind. First, don’t expect the technician to provide the assessment for free. The mechanic’s job is to diagnose the root cause of the problem, not just identify symptoms. This means that they should not be paid to diagnose the problem.
The first step in an assessment is to identify the type of impact that occurred in your vehicle. Modern cars are designed to crumple or keep their structure during an impact. The direction of the impact will change the way your car bends and flexes. Depending on the type of impact, different body parts will sustain different underlying damage. Your insurance company will want to see a professional inspection before they agree to pay for your repairs.