How to Find the Right Mechanic for You

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We all believe that honesty is the best policy, but what does that mean when it comes to auto repair and maintenance? Everyone has some sort of horror story about a dishonest mechanic, overpriced repairs, and unnecessary service recommendations. These bad eggs give the rest of us in the industry a bad reputation, but not all mechanics will try to cheat you. 

A mechanic with a great reputation is not only an asset for your car, but will also have a positive effect on your peace of mind. We have pulled together some steps you should take to ensure your car is in good hands.

Ask Plenty of Questions

If your mechanic cannot tell you what your car needs or explain what they’re doing in plain language, that’s a good sign that you should avoid their shop. Dishonest and unqualified mechanics will often be unwilling to explain their process to you because they don’t know enough to be an expert. You shouldn’t feel like you have to leave your vehicle with someone who can’t supply adequate information or who charges unfair prices for repair and maintenance.

You Should Feel Safe with Your Mechanic

A good mechanic is like a good doctor: you feel safe trusting their judgment because they know what they’re doing. Regular check-ups with your general practitioner for wellness checks can prevent major health issues in the future. Car maintenance is the same way; you should be able to trust that your mechanic will be open and honest with you about your car’s “health” and won’t try to recommend unnecessary services. When you trust your mechanic, you’ll feel better about bringing in your car or truck for them to inspect minor issues before they become major problems. This will save you a lot of money in the long run.

The Right Tools for a Great Job

You wouldn’t go to a doctor that didn’t graduate from medical school so don’t trust an unqualified mechanic. Look for their ASE certification and ASA membership when you go to their shop. These certifications and memberships don’t necessarily mean that the mechanic is reputable, but they do mean that the shop invests in its reputation. Every shop will tell you they are the best, with the best repair and maintenance services, but mechanics with ASE certification must be trained and tested every five years to keep their certification, so you know that they are telling the truth.

Contact Performance Auto today to speak with our honest and qualified team. Let us take care of your car repair today!


  1. You should always check the reviews and ask people about a certain auto repair shop. Then, you will come to know if the customer satisfaction is of the optimum level or not.

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