May 16, 2022

How to Find a Reputable Auto Repair Shop

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Finding a reliable and honest auto mechanic is one of the hardest things to do because so many people know so little about cars that it’s easy to get duped.

Making matters worse, experts say there’s a constant need for mechanics due to people holding onto their cars a lot longer than they had in the past.

So if you’re looking for a reputable mechanic, Centers Health Care has a look at four ways to help your search.

  1. Start With an Oil Change

If you’re looking to test out a mechanic that may come recommended by a friend, co-worker, or family member, bring it for something simple like an oil change and see how you’re treated. If you get a good feeling from the shop, feel like they’ve been honest with you, and don’t feel like they’re trying to rip you off on unneeded repairs, continue to build a professional relationship there.

  1. Look for ‘the 3 C’s’

When evaluating a shop, check for the following: confidence, cost, and convenience. For confidence, they should seem organized, professional, and consistent. The cost should be in line with other shops (which is why so many people choose not to go to dealerships for service), and estimates for larger jobs should be provided. As far as convenience, it may be important to you that the mechanic be close to your home or office.

  1. Make Sure They Communicate Well

We’re all eventually going to have those high-cost repairs, but a good mechanic will explain to you—in terms you can understand—what is an urgent repair and what’s something that can wait if you need to save up some money to get that job done. A good mechanic won’t rush you into something you don’t need for a pay day.

  1. Look for Active Training and Certifications

ASE emblems indicating certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence is a good place to start. Participants in the Motorist Assurance Program of the Automotive Maintenance and Repair Association is even better. And make sure it has a clear warranty policy that stands behind the work done to your vehicle.

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