Auto Mechanic 101: Jargon to Know So You Don't Get Ripped Off

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Cars are complicated pieces of machinery — more so today than ever before. Gone are the simple days when vehicle maintenance mostly consisted of adding some water to the radiator, changing the oil and adding air to your tires. New and constantly changing automotive technologies — much of it incorporating miniature computers — has turned conversations with auto mechanics into an alphabet soup of acronyms and sci-fi-like terminology that sounds completely fake.

Not understanding what your mechanic is trying to tell you could end up costing you unnecessary money. Take some time to empower yourself by learning the lingo, and you will be on your way to making smarter — and potentially less expensive — decisions about automobile maintenance.