6 Tips for Finding a Great Mechanic
A good mechanic is hard to find. You want to know that your car is safe, in good repair and that you can trust the person who is fixing it to give you a fair deal. Dealerships tend to overcharge and chain shops may rope you in, so how can you know which mechanic won’t steal your money or “create” new problems with your car? Cactus Jack’s researched six tips on how to find someone trustworthy to work on your vehicle.
- The Better Business Bureau (BBB) receives many complaints about mechanics. Before selecting a mechanic, research the BBB database for their rating and customer issues.
- Talking to people you trust (friends, family, and coworkers) about their experience with their mechanic is your safest and quickest way to working with a trustworthy mechanic. Even though they may come highly recommended, still perform due diligence.
- Places like Car Talk or RepairPal have extensive databases where you can read customer reviews of specific mechanics. Don’t get too caught up on one or two negative reviews and try to trust the overall consensus.
- If the mechanic is affiliated with any third parties (e.g. AAA), they are held to a specific standard of service. Any issues reported by customers are carefully investigated.
- Mechanics that hold the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification are required to pass one specialty test, have at least two years of service experience, and review their certification every five years. Earning this certification takes time and would be difficult to earn back if they are found to be dishonest in their practice.
- Make sure the mechanic services your make and model. Some mechanics will only specialize in repairs for one particular make of a vehicle (such as Toyota).
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