Where to get your check engine light diagnosed
You have a few options to get your check engine light diagnosed. You can take it to the dealer or auto repair shop, or to an auto parts store like AutoZone, or you can check it yourself with a scan tool.
Dealer or auto repair shop. We’ll start with this option because these are locations where you can get your vehicle repaired. However, be aware of any associated costs before you get your check engine light diagnosed. Some places may charge a diagnostic fee, which they may then waive if you get your vehicle repaired at their shop. The advantage of getting your check engine light diagnosed at one of these locations is they can give you an in-depth diagnosis, repair estimate, and tell you potential problems if left unchecked. They may also be able to repair the problem that day, or schedule a time if the problem is not critical.
Auto parts store. AutoZone is well known for doing free check engine light diagnostics. Just go into the store and ask someone behind the counter. The process only takes a couple minutes and they will provide you with a print out listing the troubleshooting code, a definition and explanation of the potential problem, and probable causes.
Keep in mind, this is all done from a computer and is not comprehensive! This is only meant to give you an idea of what the problem may be and will help you narrow down the troubleshooting process. Also be aware that parts stores are in the business of selling parts, not repairing VEHICLES, and while many of their staff are knowledgeable, they may not diagnose the problem correctly with limited scanner availability, they utilize a code reader only. Before buying parts on their recommendation, do some research into the problem and try to eliminate some possibilities.
Which is better – dealer/auto mechanic shop, parts store, or DIY?
There are pros and cons to each. The dealer and auto mechanic shop should have certified auto mechanics running the diagnostic, so you should have more confidence that they will diagnose the problem correctly. However, there may be an associated charge. With an auto parts store or DIY, you should get a good idea of what system caused the check engine light, but you won’t get a definitive diagnosis or necessarily know how to repair the malfunction.
At Advanced Automotive we want to assure our customer that there will always be a Certified Technician diagnosing your vehicle concerns. We go the extra mile to make sure your vehicle is diagnosed and fixed properly the first time.
We will come to wherever your vehicle is to do the diagnosis and the Repair or give you the information of what needs to be repaired so you can do it yourself. Just give us a call to set up the appointment.
ADVANCE AUTOMOTIVE 361-355-2683