Olá! Today I’m going to talk about a subject that can be very useful for those who need to take their car to the mechanic. The 10 European Portuguese phrases that I will share with you in this post might be useful for your next visit at the car repair shop in Portugal.
I know that taking the car to the mechanic can be a bit intimidating, especially if you don’t know much about cars or mechanics in general, and especially if you have to speak in Portuguese.
But don’t worry, I’m here to help you deal with the situation.
And for that, I’m going to share with you some phrases that can help you communicate with the mechanic and solve the problem with your car.
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10 Basic European Portuguese Phrases that you might need at the Car Repair Shop in Portugal
- Olá, eu tenho um problema com o meu carro.
Hello, I have a problem with my car.
This is a simple but very useful phrase. When you arrive at the workshop, it’s important to explain that you need help with your car. That way, the mechanic will know that you need his attention.
- O meu carro está a fazer um barulho estranho.
My car is making a strange noise.
If your car is making a strange noise, it’s important to explain to the mechanic what’s happening. Describe the noise as best as you can so that the mechanic can get an idea of what’s going on.
- Acha que é um problema sério?
Do you think it’s a serious problem?
If you don’t know much about cars, it can be difficult to assess the severity of a problem. So, don’t be afraid to ask the mechanic if the problem is serious or not. He can help you better understand what’s going on.
- Pode-me mostrar qual é o problema com o meu carro?
Can you show me what’s wrong with my car?
If you’re curious and want to see what’s wrong with your car, ask the mechanic if you can see what he found. Many mechanics are happy to show you what’s going on and how they’re solving the problem.
- Quanto tempo vai demorar o serviço, mais ou menos?
How long will the service take, approximately?
When you leave your car at the workshop, it’s important to know how long the mechanic needs to fix it. Ask him how long he thinks it will take and if he will need new parts for the repair.
- Qual é o preço a que vai ficar, mais ou menos?
What’s the estimated price going to be, approximately?
Another important thing to ask is the estimated price for the repair. The mechanic may not be able to give you an exact price immediately, but he can give you a general idea of what you’ll be spending.
- O que posso fazer para evitar que isto aconteça novamente?
What can I do to avoid this happening again?
If the mechanic told you what the problem with your car was, ask him what you can do to avoid the same thing happening again. He may have some useful tips for keeping your car in good condition.
- Preciso do meu carro hoje. É possível arranjá-lo a tempo?
I need my car today. Is it possible to fix it in time?
If you need your car to go to work or for another important commitment, it’s important to ask the mechanic if it’s possible to fix it in time. He may have a better idea of what’s possible and how long the repair takes.
- Quando posso vir buscar o carro?
When can I pick up the car?
If the car won’t be ready on the same day, the mechanic will give you a date and time to pick it up. If you want to know when that is, just use this phrase.
- Pode passar-me uma fatura?
Can you give me a receipt?
If you want a receipt with your taxpayer number, you should ask the mechanic if he can give it to you before you pay. That way, he’ll know you want it, and he’ll ask you for your taxpayer number.
If you found these sentences useful, I have two more resources that I would like to share with you. First, you can check out these 10 European Portuguese Phrases that you can use at the Post Office in Portugal.
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I hope you enjoyed this post. See you next time!