With all the mechanics available on every corner today, where do I find the right Auto Technician that will take car of my car and who is honest?
With your vehicle typically being your second largest investment, you want to be sure to have a trusted auto technician to keep your car running its best.
If you follow these tips of where to find the right auto mechanic, you can have a positive experience the next time your car needs repairs or servicing.
* Look for a mechanic before your car is in need of any repairs. This way you will be prepared when your car begins having problems.
* Ask your friends and family for a referral. Listen as they tell you stories of their past experiences, both those to avoid and those they have had good results with. Ask about the reliability, competence and honesty of the auto technician.
* Ask the auto technician for references and take the time to call them to discuss their experiences. By taking the time to do this you could save yourself a lot of headaches and avoid spending money you don’t need to spend.
* Check with the Better Business Bureau in your area.
* Go on line and check the consumer reports for that particular repair shop. What type of ratings do both the auto technician and repair shop have?
* Compare pricing. Keep in mind that the cheapest repair shop is not always the answer as this may represent the type of job they will do. Cheaper may mean low-end parts and shabby repair service from the auto technician.
* Ask whether the price will be guaranteed should the problem continue after you leave the shop. Ask the length of the guarantee. And also ask what brand of parts the repair shop uses. Research that brand on line and learn the ratings of those parts.
* Check for certifications. The auto technician should be ASE certified (Automotive Service Excellence). What type of continuous training does the technician take to stay on top of the always-changing automotive industry?
* Check the cleanliness of the shop, lobby and bathrooms. Are things orderly or strewn around? Ask for a tour. How do the auto technicians appear? Are they in uniform or old worn out jeans and a torn T-shirt? What is their attitude?
* Be sure the mechanic answers your questions in a clear and understandable way, or did they just rush through their answers to get rid of you. Keep asking questions until you fully understand what is wrong with your vehicle. Have them show you what they are talking about if need be.
* Remember that you can always get a second opinion. Especially when you take your car in for an oil change and the mechanic tells you it’s going to cost you another $800.00 in repairs.