There are hundreds of tips and suggestions on finding an honest or good mechanic. These can be found on various government and consumer web sites. The same guy must have wrote all the suggestions for all 50 states, because the advice is all the same.
You’ll be advised to check around by word of mouth (WOM), and make sure that you see ASE or AAA posted somewhere. You’ll also be encouraged to check out the facility—make sure it’s clean and that the cars seem modern – or at least similar to yours. Next you’ll be advised to check with the BBB. You’ll be “acronymed” and common-sense-suggested to death. None of it will really help.
There are Triple AAA certified shops that can barely change oil correctly. Some ASE certified technicians are dangerous with their diagnostic theories. Auto repair shops that are considered great often have have serious BBB scars – or are not a member. WOM is actually the worst method. Clients frequently rave about how wonderful a particular shop is when it’s common knowledge that it’s (at least among the insiders) run by a thief.
Tips and suggestions only scratch at the surface of the automotive underworld. Sure, some tips might help. However, relying on tips and suggestions is only a small portion of a very big picture. Auto repair customers need to understand auto repair estimates, pricing – parts, labor, flat fees, flat rate …etc. They need practical advice and information that will help them save money.
Relying solely on tips is like having a blind man to lead you across a major interstate. You might make it, but wouldn’t you rather follow a traffic cop.
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