05/13/2013 11:47 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

How To Avoid Getting Ripped Off By A Mechanic, From Lauren Fix (VIDEO)

Ladies, don't be intimidated to go to the mechanic alone. Lauren Fix, The Car Coach®, gave us some great information about how to tackle a trip to the mechanic on this episode of Mondays With Marlo.

If it's time to get your car serviced, you don't need to head back to the dealer. Look for any ASE-certified mechanic. If you're going in for a specific issue, like a funny noise or smell, help the mechanic narrow down the problem -- and save yourself time and money -- by noting what you see, when it happens and what you hear. This will help the mechanic know where to go right away.

And Lauren's favorite piece of advice? If your check engine light is on, head to any auto parts store without a service department. They have a scan tool that can tell you what's causing the check engine light to turn on -- and they'll scan for free!

Click here for the full interview.

For more tips on all things auto-related, see Lauren Fix's car and driving tips:

Lauren Fix's 10 Favorite Car Tips

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