how to find a good mechanic
Posted on: 8 Nov 2012
For many people it’s not as much about the cost of repairs and maintenance as it is about the quality of the job. This is especially true when it comes to . While we can’t offer a single definitive factor that will guarantee a repair shop is great, here are some tips on how to find a good mechanic for your car.
· You don’t want to take a foreign model to a domestic mechanic or vice versa. Look for a shop that specializes and you’re more likely to find someone with current training and solid knowledge about your make and model.
· Referrals are the best way to find a good car mechanic. If they like the person, it’s a good chance you will, too. And if they’ve been using the same mechanic for years, that’s even a better sign. In fact, according to the 81% of auto repair shop owners use positive customer referrals and word-of-mouth as the preferred means of promoting their business.
· The best way to know if the mechanic you are considering is right for you is to have a conversation. Ask questions about how long they’ve been in business, whether they are certified (National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence or ASE), and what type of warranties they offer on their repair work.In an effort to establish credibility for auto repair shops over 400,000 auto technicians and over 1,000 repair shops are certified by ASE.
· According to the article, auto repair shops are 12thon the list of businesses that receive complaints from consumers. So before you go, check out the shop’s rating.
· Need a tune-up? It’s a good time to try the new shop out, before your car needs major repairs. It will give you a sense of whether they are competitively priced, timely, and efficient. Another way to get a feel for the shop and repair professionals is to look at your surroundings. Factors like uniforms, the cleanliness of the waiting area, and the general appearance of the work area can say a lot about a business.
· Getting your car to and from the shop is important. Finding a mechanic within walking distance of work or home, one who offers transportation, or who has longer or weekend hours without adding to costs can be a top selling point.