How to Pick the Right Mechanic

Written by on 10/31/2016 10:31 AM . It has 13 Comments.

a trustworthy mechanic working on a car

Anyone who has owned a car for any amount of time knows the pain. Your car breaks down, and it’s out of warranty - if it was ever under warranty to begin with. You need to find a mechanic who can fix it without costing too much money or leaving you wondering if you’ve been cheated.

Finding a good mechanic is a bit like online dating. Their website (profile) can say one thing, and the reality - like whether your vehicle still runs - may be something else. Take a look at these tips and tricks to help you find the right mechanic for you. 

...and if you want to use these tricks to find yourself a date, we won’t tell anyone.

  1. The right mechanic can take their typical “mechanic-speak” and make it understandable for you so you know exactly what the problem is and how it will be fixed. Be careful with the mechanic who can’t or won’t do this.
  2. Be on the lookout for a mechanic who’s affiliated with state and national organizations which all require a certain standard of behavior. The Automotive Service Association (ASA), AAA, and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) are common. Your mechanic should also be ASE-certified.
  3. Figure out if they’re quoting you a realistic price by using online tools, like RepairPal, to find out the cost range for repairs like yours. If they’ve quoted something significantly higher, ask questions about why there’s such a difference in cost. It could be the parts, the labor, or that they’re trying to cheat you.
  4. Look for a mechanic who specializes in your car. You may have a luxury car or a very specific brand. It’s like taking your car to a specialist instead of a general practitioner.
  5. Don’t underestimate your own feelings. If you’re not comfortable around them or don’t get a good feeling when you’re talking about your car, you and this mechanic may not be a good fit. There’s nothing wrong with looking around to find a mechanic you’re more comfortable working with.

Finding a mechanic you trust and who takes care of your car will keep you in your car longer and prevent you from buying a new vehicle before you’re ready. If you’ve had a bad experience with a mechanic on your last repair, take some time before the next breakdown to find a new mechanic. Treat your oil change or tire rotation like a first date. They get a second date if they leave you with a good feeling and some cash in your wallet.

The right mechanic is necessary to keep your car running longer. The right Charlotte auto insurance policy will get you back on the road after an accident. After you find your mechanic, contact us so we can help you find the policy that works best for you.


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  1. lnweaver's avatar lnweaver
    I like that tip to find a mechanic that's affiliated with state and national organizations. Organizations like that require a certain standard of service. The BBB specifically will grade businesses based on customer review and other factors.
    Reply 7/28/2017 3:14 PM
  2. Frank Delaware's avatar Frank Delaware
    My car has been making an awful grinding noise for a while now, and we were curious about how we would find someone to take care of it for us. I love that you say to make sure that you are comfortable with the people in the shop working on your car. It might be nice to have them take care of a smaller issue before having them tackle something big.
    Reply 8/2/2017 8:47 AM
  3. Scott's avatar Scott
    I'm glad that you suggested finding a mechanic that focuses on your specific brand of car. I recently bought a nicer car, and I was wondering how to choose a mechanic. I can see how it would be smart to find someone that specializes in my brand of car, because it is made differently than others.
    Reply 8/7/2017 3:30 PM
  4. Brynne Jones's avatar Brynne Jones
    I like how you mentioned finding a mechanic who specializes in your vehicle. It was helpful that you included selecting a mechanic who is licensed and certified. My brother has been looking for an auto service to take his truck to. It could be beneficial for him to find one that specializes in his truck.
    Reply 8/9/2017 8:35 PM
  5. Brynne Jones's avatar Brynne Jones
    I like how you mentioned finding a mechanic who specializes in your vehicle. It was helpful that you included selecting a mechanic who is licensed and certified. My brother has been looking for an auto service to take his truck to. It could be beneficial for him to find one that specializes in his truck.
    Reply 8/9/2017 8:35 PM
  6. Finely Moreira's avatar Finely Moreira
    It was interesting to me how you pointed out that I should look for a mechanic that is affiliated with state and national organizations. Does this generally indicate that the mechanic is more knowledgeable about car repairs? I'm curious to know since I'm having car trouble and need a good mechanic to diagnose and fix the issue.
    Reply 8/10/2017 2:07 PM
  7. Marcus's avatar Marcus
    Thank you for talking about the importance of choosing a mechanic that can take complicated mechanic talk and put it into simple words so anyone can understand. It is important to remember that taking the time to understand what your car needs can help you find the best services for your needs. I can see how anyone looking into this would want to make sure they take the time to make sure they read online reviews to find someone that has a good reputation and is trusted by other people.
    Reply 8/16/2017 4:30 PM
  8. cameron Bennett's avatar cameron Bennett
    I like that you mention that a good mechanic will make sure that you understand the process of everything so that you're not confused by any terms or services. It's important to have a good mechanic that you can trust because you want to be able to go to them whenever you need to. That's why it's good to get personal recommendations from people you know to help narrow down your search.
    Reply 11/22/2017 9:36 AM
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    My dad uses a diesel-powered car and last night it suddenly stopped in the middle of the road. It was explained here that when looking for a mechanic that specializes in this type of car. Moreover, it's recommended to hire professionals for diesel engine repair.
    Reply 6/3/2018 10:17 PM
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