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Six tips for finding a good auto mechanic

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On: Sat, Jul 20, 2013 at 9:07AM | By: Bill Wilson

Six tips for finding a good auto mechanic

Finding a good auto mechanic is a bit like meeting the right romantic partner. The effort can be draining, exasperating, and downright painful. Nevertheless, the rewards that come afterward make all the time and agony spent in the quest worthwhile. An auto shop that performs maintenance and repair tasks correctly, for a good price, and within a reasonable time period is worth its weight in gold. To help you in your search, here are some things to look for:

1. Certifications– The National institute for Automotive Service Excellence (NIASE) is the most widely recognized and respected group in the world when it comes to certifying mechanics. You can tell when technicians have passed the NIASE’s grueling exams. They wear patches on their uniforms that display the letters ASE on their chest. Also, the shop will normally have a framed certificate on the wall with the same ASE logo on it.

2. Affiliations– The American Automobile Association (AAA) chooses select repair shops across the country to perform work for its members. They base their picks on several painstaking criteria. You can find lists of these businesses at the organization’s official website: www.aaa.com.

3. Appearance– Pride and integrity show, as do sloth and apathy. You can tell a lot about a mechanic’s shop by simply giving it a good looking-over. Do employees wear company shirts or are they dressed in street clothes? Are unused tools scattered all about the service bay or are they neatly placed in bins or out of sight? Does the business have a clean, comfortable waiting area? All of these factors can tell you right away if you’re dealing with a place that values its customers or one that may try to get one over on you.

4. Reputation– The most honest evaluations of any company come from its past and present customers. So check with friends and family when looking for a reputable shop. Ask them what they liked and didn’t like about the ones they have dealt with in the past, and which ones they would recommend you give your business to.

5. Phone courtesy– This is another way to separate the professionals from the not-so-great mechanics. You might not hear a receptionist or secretary on the other end, but you should get someone who is at least courteous and intelligible. When you phone the business, are you greeted by a person who says the shop’s name or by someone who simply grumbles, “Yeah?” When you ask questions, do you get prompt, helpful replies? Like the location’s appearance, the way you’re spoken to will tell you volumes about the level of service you’re likely to receive.

6. Online reviews– Practically every company of every kind has been reviewed on the Internet. You can find out what others think of the shop you’re considering simply by googling its name along with the town and state it’s located in. Look for the consensus among the reviewers, rather than going by what one or two individuals say. Sometimes friends (or enemies) of a business owner may post comments that have more to do with personal feelings than the quality of service provided.

By keeping these tips in mind, you’re more likely to find the shop of your dreams than one from your nightmares. Best of luck and happy driving!

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Harry Parker | 1:26AM (Wed, Nov 25, 2015)

The above six tips for finding a good auto mechanics is very best and the points are right to the point. The above described points such as their certifications, affiliations, reputations, appearances and the phone details are very much mandatory and the tips are very useful for all the car owners who are in nightmares for achieving a good mechanic. Out of all the prior part are the certifications and the reputation of the service dealer as well as the experience background of the mechanic treating the cars? The car owner should go through these tips to search for a car detail shop Ventura and choose the relevant and trusty service dealer who give adequate service to their customers.


John Lewis | 1:32AM (Wed, Dec 2, 2015)

The above points are right for finding a good mechanic for the respective car model. As per points view, reliable services are needed by every car owner and within the affordability cost of service. The car owner must go through the points of its experience, use of technical equipments and its handling, certifications etc. My friend three years before purchased a BMW car and now he is servicing from a BMW specialist university park to get the adequate service and proper maintenance of the car for its longer performance and the cost of service is within the service cost affordability.


Derek Wood | 7:07AM (Wed, Dec 9, 2015)

The six tips given in the article are correct and the most prior tip out of them is the service dealer certifications and their working experience. The car owners holding the expensive cars like the BMW, Porsche, Audi, Mercedes, mini cooper etc. have to get their car serviced from a well reputed German auto services and my friend too did his mini cooper car service from a service dealer by the help of an experienced Mini cooper specialist Ann Arbor who fixed his car problem in a minimal time and also cares every day and guides about the date of its maintenance in order to avoid the costly repairs.

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