Have you been making the rounds of the new car dealers and used car dealers in your area in anticipation of buying a new vehicle? Buying a car can mean a lot of things. It can mean the freedom to see the country, and it can mean the ability to get to and from work without any hassle. Along with those benefits, however, it can also mean significant annual costs. According to HowStuffWorks, the average American spends 1.5% of their income each year on gas, repairs, and maintenance, not to mention the costs for insurance.
While, unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do to avoid paying for gas or insurance, finding a good auto mechanic can help you avoid constantly paying for repairs to your vehicle. Of course, with the thousands upon thousands of available mechanics in the States, finding someone worthy of being called a good auto mechanic is often easier said than done. That’s where these simple tips come in.
Three Tips and Tricks for the Car Owner Looking for a Good Auto Mechanic
- Look for Good Auto Mechanics Specializing in Your Brand of Vehicle
- Test the Waters
- Look for ASA Affiliation
For ConsumerReports.org, one of the best ways to look for a professional for servicing your car is to find someone specializing in your brand. Say, for example, you own a Nissan. Doesn’t it make sense to go to someone who has connections that will allow them to easily get Nissan parts and someone who has experience dealing with the special needs of your make and model?
Sometimes, the only way to tell a good auto mechanic from the rest is by trying out their services. As the Better Business Bureau writes, you should start out with something small — a tire rotation, oil change, realignment. From there, if they do a good job, you can work your way up to bigger projects, feeling secure that they know what they’re doing.
As AOL Autos points out, looking for professional affiliation is a great way to find an auto shop worth its salt. More specifically, you’ll want to look for shops bearing the Automotive Service Association logo. The ASA only affiliates itself with shops known for quality of service. In other words, you can rest assured that an ASA affiliated shop is among the best of the best.
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