Choosing a Mechanic: What to Keep in Mind

How can you find a mechanic you trust? To start, ask the right questions and learn what to look for in an auto repair mechanic. Give yourself the peace of mind you want—and need—when it comes to your car.

The best time to look for an auto repair technician is now—don’t wait until your car requires repair. Ask family, friends, and coworkers for references. Look around online for reviews about the shops in your area. Look at the full body of reviews and try to get a feel for the atmosphere of the shops your considering.

Once you’ve arranged a meeting with a mechanic at an auto repair shop, ask several questions to determine their level of qualification and experience. Do they hold any certifications, and if so, are they ASE-certified? The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence is a professional certification testing organization for mechanics. Reputable auto shops oftentimes only hire ASE-certified mechanics.

Next, determine if your car warranty would be honored in the shop. Ask whether repairs are priced at a flat or hourly rate, and if estimates are provided prior to auto repair work. Find out if the mechanic has any experience working on your car’s make and model specifically.

Finally, make sure the mechanic you choose approaches you with courtesy and respect. At Christian Brothers Automotive, you can count on an honest, dependable team of mechanics who value and provide quality and excellence in everything they do.