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Selecting a Reputable Auto Mechanic

Sep 5, 2008
When considering what auto mechanic to use, you very likely have a stereotyped image in your mind of a grizzled, cigar chewing old guy sitting behind a desk with a greasy rag swearing and cussing like a sailor. While this might not be completely too far from the truth, there are certainly exceptions to the rule.

Selecting a reputable mechanic has very little to do with their appearance and everything to do with the results that they can provide for you. In the case of many auto mechanics, simply being ASE certified leads individuals to believe that they are capable of repairing their vehicle. Chances are good that you have met some of these certified automobile mechanics that you would not trust to work on your lawn mower. Take the time to understand the true abilities of your auto mechanic and make sure that they are capable of doing what they say they can do.

As horror stories abound of mechanics who have forgotten to replace oil plugs and let people drive out of the bay without any transmission filter circulate like ghost stories around a campfire, is not as hard as you might think to ensure that your auto mechanic is truly up to snuff. With a little effort on your part and some detective work, you can ensure that they are as good as they claim to be. First and foremost, look around their shop and be sure that the place is somewhat clean and that you actually see all the tools that are necessary in place. While it might seem strange, without the proper tools, you cannot work on a vehicle and you cannot repair an automobile.

Beyond simple hand tools, there should be air compressors, air ratchets and all manner of specialized tools, large enough that you cannot miss them. Once you have ascertained that these types of heavy-duty power tools are in place, then it is logical to assume that they have invested a tremendous amount of money into their profession.

Once you have taken these basic steps, you'll have to bring your detective skills to bear and actually hunt down previous customers and get references out of them. As many individuals will continue returning to an auto mechanic again and again if they are doing good work, it is important to discuss with previous customers whether or not they are happy with their service. For those who are happy with the work that their auto mechanic has done in the past, then they will very likely rave about their reliability and the quality of their work. With this type of recommendation, you can be pretty sure that the mechanic in question is, indeed, doing good work.

After making all these efforts, it is still a good idea to spend some time with the auto mechanic, even if it means irritating him while he is at work, and have a brief discussion about what he believes is wrong with your vehicle and what steps he will take to remedy the problem. Chances are good that you know enough about your own vehicle to catch onto any mistakes that the mechanic might make while discussing it with you. Once you break into this conversation, do not let up until you are satisfied. If you have followed these steps, then you will very likely have a good understanding of the quality of work that you can expect from your auto mechanic.
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