How to Find an Honest Mechanic

July 7 is Tell the Truth Day, and Performance Truck and Auto wants to celebrate. We all know that honesty is the best policy, but what does that mean in terms of auto repair and maintenance? We’ve all heard horror stories about sketchy mechanics charging an arm and a leg for simple repairs, or recommending services that were completely unnecessary. While those bad eggs may give the automotive repair industry a bad reputation, not all mechanics are dishonest. Finding a reputable mechanic is not only great for your car, but for your peace of mind. Here are some tips to make sure your mechanic is one of the good guys:Shifty Mechanic

Ask Questions

If a mechanic cannot explain why a repair is necessary in plain language–or he or she is not willing too, it’s a good indication that he or she is either dishonest or inept and under-trained. The Internet is full of information about fair prices for repair and maintenance.

A Good Mechanic Is Like a Good Doctor

Having regular check-ups with a good general practitioner for minor health issues can prevent major health issues in the future. Maintenance for your car works much the same way. Replacing a timing belt long before it snaps and the pistons hit the valves prevents disaster for your engine.

Well-Qualified With the Right Tools

Look for things like ASE certification and ASA membership. While those certifications and memberships don’t guarantee that the mechanic is reputable, they do mean that the shop invests in itself. Every shop claims to be the best with the most accurate repair and maintenance services, but mechanics with ASE certification must be trained and tested every five years to keep their certification.

When you do find an honest auto repair shop that won’t give you the run-around, stick with it. Your car will thank you. The ASE-certified experts at Performance Truck and Auto are the real deal. Call us at (334) 245-6600 for all your auto repair and maintenance needs.

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  1. How to find an honest mechanic is a big question that I am still trying to answer. These are great questions for me to start asking. I have never heard someone compare their mechanic to a good doctor, but that makes perfect sense! Thanks for all the tips on finding the right mechanic.

  2. Thanks for these tips, especially the tip to look for certifications and the like. I figured that belonging to professional/trade associations and having certifications would be a helpful indication of a shop doing the right things, but it’s nice to know that with ASE certification they have to be re-certified every 5 years. And I also appreciate what you said about making sure that mechanics can explain the whats and whys of repairs clearly and simply. I agree that that’s helpful not only in finding someone worthy to work on your vehicle, but also for the owners especially if they’re not necessarily automobile savvy.

  3. My family and I have been looking for a mechanic in this new location so I really appreciate this information. I like the tip you give of asking the mechanic specific questions about the repairs that need to be done and paying attention to how they answer. If they cannot answer plainly why the repair is needed they may not be the most trustworthy. I will be sure to keep that in mind, thanks for sharing this!

  4. I couldn’t agree more with a good mechanic being like a good doctor. Being able to detect what problems may hinder you down the road and prevent major problem from happening is definitely someone to look for in a mechanic. Also, another good point is to make sure they have the right qualifications.

  5. This is some great information, and I appreciate your point that having regular checkups with your mechanic can prevent future problems. I’m about to purchase my first vehicle, and I want to try and minimize repair costs as much as possible. I’ll definitely look into finding a good mechanic and having regular car checkups to make sure everything is in good condition so I don’t run into bigger problems down the road. Thanks for the great post!

  6. I honestly don’t know jack squat when it comes to working on my car. There are so many things that go into it that are hard to understand and I know for a fact that I would mess something up if I tried to get in there and figure things out on my own. This article helped a ton though and I hope that I can find a good mechanic to help me out.

  7. I definitely agree the best way find an auto mechanic is to ask questions. That way you can learn about the mechanic and make sure you are getting the best service.

  8. Finding a good mechanic is so important, especially when they work on something as vital to everyday life as a car. If you get in an accident or a collision, you need to get your car repaired as soon as possible. So having a good, honest repairman that is well qualified, is essential.

  9. I liked your tips for finding a mechanic with the right credentials. It helps that you specified that I need to find someone to fix my car that has an ASE certification and an ASA membership. If that’s a sign that the shop I’m taking my car to invests in itself, then that could be a good way to know that they have the right tools to fix my car. I’ll check for these certifications and memberships to choose the right auto body repair shop. Thanks for the tips!

  10. Josh, thanks for explaining how to find an honest mechanic. You make a good point about how important it is to hire the person who is qualified and has access to all of the right tools. I would think that it is also a good idea to make sure your mechanic is familiar with your type of vehicle so you can feel confident in the service they are providing.

  11. I really like that you put questions and information as one of your easiest ways to differentiate a competent mechanic from an inept one. After all, any good mechanic should be happy to explain what they’re doing to your car and why. This shows an interest that many mechanics appreciate because it usually shows that you want to learn how to better take care of your car in the future.

  12. These are some fantastic suggestions for finding a good mechanic. My car is my baby, and I don’t want anyone who isn’t qualified working on her. Like you said, a good mechanic is just like a good doctor!

  13. I have always been worried about finding a good mechanic. I know you’re right, and that most mechanics are honest businessmen, but I still worry. I will have to look for qualifications and certificates next time!

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  15. I really like the comparison that was made between a doctor and a mechanic. It helps emphasize the fact that finding a good mechanic is essential, and you should take the time to find one. Something that has always helped me is asking recommendations from trusted friends and family.

  16. I agree that a good car mechanic needs to have the right tools to help you out. It makes sense that looking for a repair shop that has the things needed to deliver the best service is important. I would want to make sure I try several places and find the one I feel the best with.

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  18. Thanks for the fantastic tips for finding a good mechanic. This is vital for me and my family, because we don’t know how to repair cars at all. I don’t know what tools to look for, but I can definitely check for ASE certification!

  19. I love that analogy of how a good mechanic is like a good doctor. That changed my perspective on how to choose an auto shop. When it comes to finding a health care provider, it’s been a priority to make sure to research and find at least reliable ones before deciding where to go. Now that I think about it, that may be a good way to avoid paying a lot.

  20. My wife and I just moved to a new area, so we are looking for a mechanic in town to start visiting. I like your point about checking for an ASE certification to tell if the mechanic is reputable. This would prove to me they are trained to handle any repair, so I’ll be sure to look for this.

  21. I liked that you pointed out that it would be smart to ask questions when you want to get repairs done. That does seem like it would help you know if they know what they are doing and if they are honest. That does seem like a good thing to be aware of when you need to have good work done.

  22. Thanks for suggesting that you should ask questions when choosing a mechanic. My car is having some issues with the brakes, so I need to get them fixed. I’d like to find a good mechanic who will answer my questions so I can be informed.

  23. I liked how you said that a good and reliable mechanic is always more than willing to discuss with me what needs to be repaired and why it needs to be repaired. That’s great! Seeing this article made me more eager to find the right mechanic to address the needs of my foreign car. I do not know what is wrong with it,so I am hoping that the mechanic can tell me. Thanks!

  24. I agree that in choosing a vehicle repair shop, one should look for things like ASE certification and ASA membership, as these are signs that the shop invests in itself and therefore have the right equipment and knowledge about repairing. I’ve noticed that my car creates an annoying sound whenever I am slowing down and need to change the gear to a lower one. With this problem in mind, I want to have it looked at by a vehicle repair shop that has the right certifications and memberships.

  25. My car has been making some unfortunate sounds, and I looking to take it to a mechanic for inspection. Your article had some great tips for choosing a good mechanic, and I really liked your point to choose someone who is ASE certified with an ASA membership to ensure quality. Thanks for the helpful post, I’ll be sure to keep this advice in mind when take my car to an auto shop.

  26. I do like that the article is adamant about how important it is to ask questions when choosing a mechanic. After all, if you are going to trust them to repair your car, you are going to want them to know what they are doing. Because of that, a lot of your questions should revolve around their experience and skills as a mechanic.

  27. I liked that you pointed out that it would be smart to have a see if the mechanic can answer your question in a clear manner. I know that I wouldn’t want to be confused by the answers I got from a mechanic. A few months ago I got a used truck, and I have a few questions about its AC. So, I want to find a repairman who can answer my questions.

  28. My car has been acting up, and I’m worried the transmission might be out. I need to take the car in for repairs, and your article had some great tips for choosing a good mechanic, and I liked how you said to get your car regularly checked to prevent major health issues in the future. Thanks for the help; I’ll keep this in mind when taking my car in for repairs.

  29. I found it helpful when you said that it’s best to choose an auto mechanic that has an ASE certification and a part of ASA because it’s an indication that the mechanic that you’re interested in is being trained and tested every five years to keep their certification. My car’s engine and brake pads are damaged, so I’m looking to have them repaired. It’s important for me to ensure that my car is going to be in good hands, so I only want to trust an auto mechanic that has credentials that can make me trust them. Thanks!

  30. I liked that you said that a well qualified mechanic who you would enjoy hiring has the proper tools to do any repair. I need to hire a mechanic to install a few accessories to my car. I will be sure to find a mechanic who has a plethora of tools.

  31. Hi, I just got my car and I wanted to find a good place to take my car if in case I need a repair. I’ve heard rumors of unsatisfactory service if you bring your car to your dealership. I live away from my family so I cannot really ask for recommendations from them. I’ll be sure to check the Better Business Bureau and ask about those two certifications when I talk to a mechanic though. Your article has been very helpful. Thanks!

  32. That’s a good point that regular checkups on your car protect you from larger problems that could occur down the road. We actually haven’t had our truck looked at in a while now, and I think we should take it in to make sure we’re alright. The transmission made kind of a funny sound this morning, and it made me nervous driving it, so I want to be safe rather than sorry.

  33. I like that you said that it’s best to choose a mechanic that’s more than willing to explain to you why repairs are necessary in the simplest way possible. This is something that I will make sure to remember because my husband’s truck needs to be repaired soon. What he wants is to find a truck repair shop that can demonstrate their expertise by telling him the ins and outs of his truck’s condition. Maybe, I can help my husband interview different truck repair shops.

  34. My car has been making some really weird squeaking noises recently, and I think it’s time to take it into a professional to see what’s wrong with it. Your article had some great tips for choosing someone like this, and I liked how you said to look for an ASE certification, as this shows the shop invests in itself. Thanks; I’ll keep this in mind when taking my car into an auto shop.

  35. My car has been making some very weird squeaking noises everything I start it, and I want to get this checked out in case it is a serious issue. Your article had some great tips for choosing a mechanic that could help with this, and I liked how you said to look for a shop that is ASE certified, as this means the mechanics working there are trained and tested every five years. Thanks; I’ll keep this in mind when taking in my car for repairs.

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