3 Tips For Finding a Reputable Mechanic

While honesty is the best policy, how many people actually stick to that motto on a daily basis? When it comes to businesses trying to get the most money, some places aren’t the most honest about their products and services — this includes auto repair and maintenance. Those horror stories about suspicious mechanics charging more than double for simple repairs, or recommending services that are completely unnecessary. Luckily, not all mechanics are dishonest and finding a reputable mechanic is not too hard to find if you know what to look for. Follow these tips to make sure your mechanic is right for your needs.

Ask Questions & Do Research

Ask your mechanic why each repair they recommend is needed. If the mechanic cannot explain why a repair is necessary (without spewing technical nonsense) it’s an indication that they’re either dishonest or inept and under-trained. All you need to do is a little research on the internet, Google and Yelp reviews are great places to start. Comparing price to what a dealership would charge is usually an accurate mark of pricing.

Cultivate a Good Relationship

Cars need to have regular check-ups to fix minor issues and prevent major issues in the future. If you are new to car repair and maintenance or have moved to a new city, finding a service shop that is friendly, helpful, and fairly-priced is important because you don’t want to have to keep finding new shops for every repair or service.


Many shops display their ASE certification and ASA memberships. While those they don’t guarantee that the mechanic is reputable, they do mean that the shop invests in itself. Every shop claims to be the best, but mechanics with ASE certification must be trained and tested every five years to keep their certification.

If you would like to know more, contact the experts at Performance Auto Repair at (334) 245-6600 today.


  1. I like how you suggest finding a new shop that is friendly, helpful, and fairly-priced. I just bought a new Toyota, and I want to keep it in top form. Finding a good service would really be good to find before I really need one.

  2. My wife has been needing me to take her car into an auto repair shop for a while, and I think that being able to start to build a relationship would be helpful. I like that you mentioned that an auto repair shop is a service that you’re going to need to go consistently, so having a good friendship is always helpful. I’m going to have to look for a good auto repair shop and start to build a relationship there so that we can trust who is working on our vehicles!

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