Selecting - and sticking with - a repair shop

September 16, 2011 12:00 AM

Whether your car has a big problem or you just need a tune-up, choosing the right mechanic is an important step for drivers. AAA recently released a list of things that drivers should look for in an automotive mechanic before settling on one.

Some things that drivers should look out for include ASE-certified technicians, warranties on all repair work, a clean reputation with the Better Business Bureau and up-to-date equipment. It helps to perhaps take the car in for an oil change or other small piece of maintenance first so the driver can become comfortable and get to know the employees.

From there, it's all about building a relationship. Going to the same mechanic will build trust and benefit both the technicians, who get to know the vehicle, and the driver, who gets peace-of-mind that their car is in good hands.

"Drivers can take comfort in the knowledge that their vehicle will be serviced by trained professionals who can identify any potential problems," said John Nielsen, AAA Director of Automotive Repair. "This helps prevent breakdowns, and often saves money by allowing drivers to make a small repair now rather than a much bigger one later. As a repair shop's technicians get to know a vehicle and its owner, they can also give valuable advice on any upcoming work that will be needed."  

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