How to Find a Good Mechanic
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Good, honest mechanics are worth every penny. But finding one can be challenging, particularly if you’re not mechanically inclined. It may take a bit of investigating to find that perfect balance between honesty, quality, price and service.
Find one before you need one
You may want to start sooner than later to find someone who will take excellent care of your four-wheeled “baby”. When you suddenly find that you need a mechanic, chances are you won’t have the time to ask around and do thorough research. You may be forced to simply bring your vehicle to the shop on the nearest corner.
Ask friends and neighbours
People who are happy with their mechanic are more than happy to recommend them. And if they’re unhappy, you can bet they will let you know. Ask friends and neighbours for their honest opinion. They won’t steer you wrong.
Consult web reviews
Sites like HomeStars.com will list mechanics in your local area as well as reviews from customers. You can also find reviews just by searching the name of the business online.
Check for certifications and affiliations
Ask the mechanics for their certifications and certificates proving that they are licensed, and check their sites for industry affiliations or additional accreditations.
Note the condition of the shop
While the location and building does not necessarily make a good mechanic, there is a lot to be said for the condition of the shop. A good mechanic usually keeps the shop in order and the tools clean and organized. You should feel comfortable bringing your car there.
Ask to see old parts
If you are unsure of the work that has been done, ask to see the old parts that were replaced.
Inquire about warranties
A good mechanic should provide a warranty on the work performed. Make sure you understand the terms and the length of time that the warranty is in effect.
Bring a friend who knows her way around an engine
If you know someone who is mechanically minded, it is not a bad idea to take that person with you to talk to your mechanic when you bring your car in. You’ll feel more confident that the work required for your car is justified.
Once you find the right mechanic who will take excellent care of your vehicle, spread the word. Your friends and neighbours will appreciate it, and you’ll help to build the business of a local, reliable and honest mechanic who really deserves it.
Editor's Note: This article was originally published in 2012, and has been updated for content and relevancy.
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