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!

  3. These are some great tips for finding a mechanic. I like how you said to try and take the car in often, to build a good relationship with them. I’d love to be friends with my mechanic, because I’d feel a lot more comfortable talking to them.

  4. We have a medium duty truck and it needs a few repairs. My husband and I want to get it done soon, but didn’t know who exactly should work on it. Because of your advice, I’ll be looking into their certificates and asking a lot more questions about their experience. Thanks.

  5. I like how you say that you would want to establish a good relationship with a truck mechanic. It would seem that knowing someone who is trustworthy and who can help you would be really helpful down the line. My brother wants to be a truck driver, so if he does he’ll have to establish a good relationship with a mechanic.

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  7. I want to make sure that I find a good mechanic to fix my truck. It’s been having a lot of problems since my big road trip. It makes sense that I would want to find one that I can get along with! That way I can look forward to getting repairs.

  8. It’s interesting that you talked about finding someone that can explain any repairs that they suggest. I have been looking for someone to repair my truck, and I wasn’t sure how to choose a mechanic. I can see how it would be good to find someone that is good at explaining the problem, that way you will be sure that whatever repairs you get are necessary.

  9. My family recently moved and during the move our car started to act strangely, and we need to find a great mechanic to check it out for us, but we didn’t know how to start looking for one in our new town. I never thought about asking why each repair is necessary! That’s a great idea! Thanks for the helpful tips!

  10. I think being able to cultivate a good relationship is important. I know that I don’t like going to someone new all the time can become a pain. Making sure you do your research and find a good mechanic the first time can save you lots of time in the future.

  11. That was a good suggestion to ask the mechanic the reason behind why they recommended what they did. That sounds like it’s a great way to avoid scams as well. I feel like that’s would be helpful to keep in mind if you’re unable to get a recommendation from a trusted source.

  12. I think it’s great that you talked about cultivating a good relationship with your mechanic. If you do this, you might be able to get some great tips on how your car or truck works and how you could help it last longer. Aside from that, it would be nice to build trust with them so that you know exactly who to take your truck to when issues arise.

  13. My wife and I just moved to a new town so we are looking for a reliable mechanic to start visiting. I like that you suggest finding a shop that is friendly and fair-priced so you don’t have to go to a different shop for every repair. We like to have a good relationship with our mechanic so we’ll be sure to find one we like. Thanks for the tips!

  14. I really like your advice about cultivating a good relationship with a mechanic. I definitely want to find a service shop that is friendly and all of the things that you mention that are important. I think will ask my friends and relatives near where I live about the professionals that they use for their car care to see which ones are the friendliest and have the best service.

  15. I agree that you want to check what kind of certifications a mechanic has. It would make sense to find someone who is experienced and qualified in order to ensure they will do a good job. My brother is looking for a mechanic to fix his transmission, so he’ll have to find someone who is certified.

  16. I agree that you need to find a mechanic with the right expertise. It would be good if that expertise was specific to your make of car. That would ensure they know how to work on it and fix any problems that arise!

  17. It’s good to know that you need to cultivate a good relationship with the person you get to work on your car. I will try that with the service we are going to use for checking my breaks. Thanks for giving me this idea.

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