FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

HOW LONG IT TAKES TO DO A REGISTRATION INSPECTION?
WHAT IS CHECKED FOR REGISTRATION INSPECTION?
DO I HAVE TO MAKE A BOOKING?
WILL YOU INFORM ME BEFORE YOU DO ANY WORK?
WILL YOU STICK TO A QUOTE?
DO I HAVE TO PAY WHEN I PICK UP MY VEHICLE AND HOW CAN I PAY?
WHAT KIND OF WARRANTY YOU PROVIDE WITH YOUR WORK?
WHAT AREAS DOES YOUR PICK UP/DROP OFF SERVICE COVER?
DO I HAVE TO USE THE DEALER FOR SCHEDULED REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE, TO MAINTAIN MY WARRANTY?
CAN I SERVICE MY NEW CAR AT A MECHANIC OTHER THAN THE DEALER, WITHOUT VOIDING MY NEW CAR MANUFACTURER’S WARRANTY?
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE MY CAR FOR WINTER?
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE MY CAR FOR A ROAD TRIP?
WHY DO MY BRAKES SQUEAK? WHAT IS A BRAKE JOB, BRAKE SERVICE?
WHY IS MY CHECK ENGINE LIGHT ON?

HOW LONG IT TAKES TO DO A REGISTRATION INSPECTION?

Many people think that it takes 10-15 minutes to do a registration inspection for a vehicle. This is false, because RMS has specific requirement what needs to be checked and the inspector must follow that check list to issue a safety check report,  reflecting the vehicle’s condition.

In the best possible scenario, it can take about forty minutes to an hour for all checks, tests and reports. Booking is required as we have many registration inspections per day. For more info – check Our Services page.

WHAT IS CHECKED FOR REGISTRATION INSPECTION?

As a sample, some of the checks our technician must perform are:

  1. Record & Check – Make, Model, Number Plate, Chassis No/VIN – against rego papers
  2. Check Engine and other items in the engine bay
  3. Check Driving controls, Driver’s seat, Seat belts, Mirrors, Forward vision through windscreen, etc.
  4. Examine Vehicle exterior – check all doors, windows, wipers, body work, trailer coupling (if fitted), for rust, damages and proper operation
  5. Test operation of all lights including parking & brake; Check aim of head lights, Head light & Number plate covers [if faded]
  6. Jack up the vehicle and check the Suspension, Wheel bearing, Steering components
  7. Place car on hoist & check Underbody; Sub frames; Transmission; Exhaust; Braking system components; All wheels and tyres
  8. Test brake system with test brake machine

For more information – check Our Services page

DO I HAVE TO MAKE A BOOKING?

We are usually busy, and if you want to avoid waiting long hours or come back another day, it is recommended to give us a call on 9337-1136 and make a booking.

For small inquiries and urgent matters, you can always come in without a booking. We try to satisfy all your vehicle related needs as soon as possible, and give you best customer service experience, but there is no guarantee, we will be able to attend to it at that moment.

WILL YOU INFORM ME BEFORE YOU DO ANY WORK?

We always inform the customer of their vehicle’s condition, following the inspection report.

Maybe we find faults which you didn’t come for but as we are working towards the safety of your vehicle it is our priority to inform you about any fault and leave it up to you to decide if you want to rectify the problem now, in the future or at all. We never start repairs before we inform you and get authorisation for repairs.

WILL YOU STICK TO A QUOTE?

Yes, customer satisfaction is very important to us. Before we start a job, we will give you a quote and if you are happy with it and authorise repairs, we will commence work on your vehicle. Please remember that the prices quoted do not include GST, unless specifically noted by the sales person.

We will also inform you if we encounter further issues during the job, or if there are any possibility to encounter any problems during the job. We will give you a quote and await your authorisation to commence or continue with the replacement of parts or repairs as required.

DO I HAVE TO PAY WHEN I PICK UP MY VEHICLE AND HOW CAN I PAY?

Yes. Payment needs to be made at the completion of our work. We accept cash and all major credit cards. We also accept bank transfer but need to get the funds cleared in our bank account before releasing the vehicle.

WHAT KIND OF WARRANTY YOU PROVIDE WITH YOUR WORK?

We offer warranty on parts as per manufacturer and our workmanship is fully guaranteed – usually 12 months, depending on the job.

WHAT AREAS DOES YOUR PICK UP/DROP OFF SERVICE COVER?

We can pick up or drop off in a 10km radius from Vaucluse, depending on job. Booking is required.

DO I HAVE TO USE THE DEALER FOR SCHEDULED REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE, TO MAINTAIN MY WARRANTY?

No, you don’t. Changes in consumer laws in 2010, confirmed that you have the right to choose who to service your vehicle, as far as it is a licensed repairer.

CAN I SERVICE MY NEW CAR AT A MECHANIC OTHER THAN THE DEALER, WITHOUT VOIDING MY NEW CAR MANUFACTURER’S WARRANTY?

Yes. Despite what the new car dealer may want you to think, your new car warranty is not impacted if your vehicle is serviced according to your vehicles logbook and stamped by a licenced repairer. At Vaucluse Auto Repairs we service many new vehicles weekly.

HOW SHOULD I PREPARE MY CAR FOR WINTER?

  • Prior to winter weather setting in, you should:
  • Check your antifreeze/coolant level and condition. Rust coloured antifreeze/coolant means you may need to flush and refill the cooling system.
  • Check the level of you motor oil. If it’s been 6 months to 6000 km since your last oil change, it should be replaced.
  • Check your battery. Batteries that are weak can fail on a cold morning and your car won’t start.
  • Check your wiper blades. Old, cracked and uneven wipers can obstruct your view during operation in rain, snow and ice conditions.
  • Check the condition of your tires. Tires that have warn tread can mean hydroplaning on watery road and can lead to accidents.
  • Check your A/C operation. Your air condition will function in the defrost mode to help defrost or remove moister from the windshields, fogged up windows can be hazardous during driving.
  • Perform a brake inspection. A well-operating brake system will help stop your car, especially during wet or snowy and icy conditions.

HOW SHOULD I PREPARE MY CAR FOR A ROAD TRIP?

Prior to going on a trip, you should check:

Check all lights. Check your headlights (high and low-beam), brake lights, turn signals, parking lamps and (if you have them) fog lights to make sure they are all operational. You should clean your headlights using glass cleaner to improve night visibility.

Check wiper blades. Inspect them for cracks or tears, and make sure they’re operational. If they’re in good shape, it’s still a good idea to clean the rubber blade with little glass cleaner.

Check all hoses. Look for any cracks or holes in hoses. If you find any that are not in good shape and need replacing, bring your vehicle to us to replace them

Check all belts. Inspect all belts to ensure that none are worn, lose or frayed.

Inspect the battery for signs of corrosion on the terminals

Check all fluids. Check the reservoirs to ensure that your coolant and wiper fluids are at the proper levels. Check your oil using the dipstick. Check transmission fluid, power-steering fluid and brake fluid. Refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual for advice on checking all the fluids.

It is also a good idea to have a good set of basic tools and an emergency kit on hand, these can be purchased from most auto parts stores.

Check tire pressures

WHY DO MY BRAKES SQUEAK? WHAT IS A BRAKE JOB, BRAKE SERVICE?

Brakes can squeak for a variety of reasons, but continuous squeals and grinding sounds may mean it’s time for new brakes. Worn brakes can mean longer stopping distances and difficulty stopping in emergency situations. Rotors and drums that are too thin may even become over-stressed and break. Remember, if you notice any of these symptoms it’s a good idea to get your brakes checked.

A brake job includes replacement of worn parts to restore the vehicle’s braking performance to its safe condition.

Brake components that should be replaced will obviously depend upon the age, kilometres travelled and wear.

A brake inspection in our workshop include inspection of the brake lining, rotors and drums, callipers and wheel cylinders, brake hardware, hoses, lines, and master cylinder. Lastly, old brake fluid should always be replaced with fresh fluid as it can be contaminated with water which can corrode brake lines and decrease braking capacity.

WHY IS MY CHECK ENGINE LIGHT ON?

The “check engine” light is one of the most vital components to a properly functioning vehicle. It alerts the driver of a potential problem on the vehicle’s on-board diagnostic system (main computer). When the “check engine” light comes on it means that a system in your vehicle — such as ignition, fuel injection, or emission control — is not operating efficiently, even though your vehicle seems to be running fine.

If your “check engine” light comes on and it’s flashing, that indicates a more severe problem that should be checked out immediately.  When you experience a flashing light, minimize driving at high speeds, especially if you’re towing. When the “check engine” light comes on, there’s no need to panic, just make an appointment by ringing us on 02 9337-1136 to get your vehicle checked out as soon as possible. Ignoring your check engine light could severely damage engine components and cost you more money in the end.

GOOGLE REVIEWS
I have known Michael for 25 years. Although sometimes very expensive Michael will always provide an excellent service negotiated within your budget in advance. Highly recommendedread more
anne courtney
anne courtney
16:36 24 May 20
Michael and the team at Vaucluse Auto Repairs repaired my VW R32 recently. All details were attended to, and I received a very favourable price for the comprehensive work done. Even though the shop was busy, my car received prompt attention. When I took it out for a drive today, the engine roared and it felt like a brand new car. Actually, it's now performing better than it was when I bought it new in 2009. Thank you Michael!read more
Mark Taylor
Mark Taylor
12:56 22 May 20
My BMW had some problems and the dealership wanted over $5000 for the work. Michael organized for my car to be towed and charged half the price. Couldn’t do enough for me. Would recommend to anyoneread more
Bryce Davidson
Bryce Davidson
06:10 21 May 20
The whole team are very friendly and have attended to all of my vehicles with a 5 star service. Very welcoming and great quality of service. I would highly recommend 🙂read more
Cara Black
Cara Black
22:30 20 May 20
The team go above and beyond. As someone who doesn’t know cars, always asks my dad if I am being ripped off by mechanics. I was rest assured here and was in the best hands. My car legitimately drives and looks like it is brand new. Thank you for the added new BMW key ring and allowing me to pick up my car so late we’ll deserved 5* for customer service and workmanship.read more
Emma Henderson
Emma Henderson
08:20 11 May 20
I was always concerned about going to ‘the local mechanic‘ because I never thought I would receive the same service and value that you would from the large companies. I have to say how wrong I was. Sam is an extremely pleasant man and the last few times I have been here, they have delivered. I could not be more happy with the service, quality of service and products used, standard of service and value and even though I have moved areas, I will be coming back here because I know that I can trust this place to provide a superior delivery of service. Big thumbs up 👍read more
Brent Maksimovich
Brent Maksimovich
02:31 26 Mar 20
Thank you so much for your amazing , professional and most importantly friendly service. My car service was done in record time and your honesty is much appreciated . Thank you for not ripping me off like 99% of the mechanics do.. I will never go to another mechanic again.read more
Sarah Bastani
Sarah Bastani
06:21 13 Mar 20
Michael is honestly the most professional trustworthy mechanic I have every encountered in my experience. After many years of being ripped off by mechanics who would take advantage of my lack of knowledge and charge me through the roof for repairs that I probably didn’t even need I’ve finally found an angel. The BEST MECHANIC in Australia maybe the world ... highly recommend him ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️read more
Julianna Novak
Julianna Novak
06:06 13 Mar 20
Excellent friendly service! Sam was a great help - could not have asked for better service. Highly recommend them. It's pleasing to have service of this quality in our neighbourhood. Amazing car cleaning services available too 🙂read more
Emily Ryan
Emily Ryan
02:04 03 Mar 20
Michael and the team at Vaucluse Auto Repairs are amazing! I have twice taken them my Mercedes 4WD with a nail in the tire and both times they have fixed them either while I waited or within the hour. And guess what....they didn't charge me. Nothing, zero, zip! I wouldn't hesitate to take my car to them for any issue or problem as they are knowledgeable (especially when it comes to luxury cars), honest, reliable and fast. I would give them 6 stars if I could.read more
Vanessa S
Vanessa S
04:05 25 Feb 20
Michael is amazing - great attention to detail, thorough, hard-working and focused on making things right for you. Just incredibly helpful. And charges very little for what he does. I highly recommend him.read more
Heide Robson
Heide Robson
23:36 30 Jan 20
I was very happy with the service I received for my regular service. My car was overdue and Michael went out of his way to squeeze me in before the weekend when we would be driving a long distance. Lovely man and nothing was too much trouble! Will definitely be back!read more
Nicole McNamee
Nicole McNamee
23:15 28 Jan 20
Sam at Vaucluse auto is honest, helpful & respectful. He repaired my Audi A4 & came in the best value out of 2 other quotes I received. Its nice to finally find an honest mechanic in a world I know nothing about! Thanks Sam & Vaucluse Auto.read more
Jessica Joffe
Jessica Joffe
20:55 19 Jan 20
This is the second time I have had my car serviced by Michael and his team and once again I am very pleased with the service. Not only did I feel I can trust what Michael advises, he is considerably cheaper and more professional that the dealership service centres. Yes BMW Sydney, I'm talking about you. Troy, Vaucluse.read more
Troy Gale
Troy Gale
06:31 07 Jan 20
I'm a new customer with Vaucluse Auto Repairs and wish to share my gratitude with the public. The people there are very friendly and a professional company to deal with. The mechanic Sam, that worked on my car is a thorough professional, obliging. Sam bent over backwards to get my car in and completed before Christmas. They are a 5 star bunch of people and I would highly recommend this company to anyone! Merry Christmas to you all.read more
Wayne Boyce
Wayne Boyce
01:20 16 Dec 19
Michael and his team do a fantastic job at Vaucluse Auto Repairs.I have taken many of my vehicles for various repairs to him over the years and found the workmanship to be of a very high standard.Competitively priced and with the highest of integrity, Michael and the team at Vaucluse Auto Repairs have been extremely reliable and professional.I highly recommend them, if you care about the quality of work performed on your vehicle.read more
Nir Turner
Nir Turner
00:34 14 Dec 19
If I could give this place more than 5 stars, I would! I had put my car on the market and someone sold it quicker than I had imagined (lucky!) but I needed to service it before handover. I called Michael and he moved heaven and earth to get it done for me so that the sale could go ahead. Wonderful job too. Thank you for everything!!read more
Nat Adler
Nat Adler
02:34 06 Dec 19
Rachel and I bring the car to Vaucluse Auto Repairs every year for servicing it because the service is outstanding! The staff always keep us well informed on what needs to be changed and we consider their prices reasonable. We also, appreciate the high honesty received at all time.read more
Sara Sanlorenzo
Sara Sanlorenzo
05:34 25 Nov 19
The professionalism and service was outstanding. Michael was such a pleasure to deal with and I had no surprises when I went to pick up my vehicle. Not to mention getting it back in pristine condition hand washed and spotless. Would not hesitate to recommend.read more
Susie Kemeny
Susie Kemeny
03:30 12 Nov 19
Honestly these guys take really good care of their customers and I am one of them. Sometimes I service my SUV for specialist repairs with the car makers own team but for everything else I trust Michael implicitly and all I need do is drop off my keys and try to hustle him for a free nespresso .... 😀😀😀🎩🎩Update....Recently my car was hit twice in a snow storm. They have done the most excellent job to make the car new again.read more
Nicholas Atgemis
Nicholas Atgemis
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