Finding the Right Mechanic

by Joe Ferguson on November 14, 2012

How much do you really love your car? No, not “like” your car, take it on a few dates, have a nice evening, and then go home alone. I mean, “love” your car, commit to it, marry it, and bring it home to your mother. If you are like me or thousands upon thousands of other car owners out there on the road, you are in a long-term relationship the likes of which your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, or wife will never understand. You will drive your car into the ground, until the engine drops out of the bottom and smoke comes up from the floor. If you truly love your car, which I’m sure you do, you need to coddle it, take care of it, swaddle it in blankets, and keep it well fed.

Finding the perfect person to take care of any and all auto repairs for your one true love is no small task. There are no free hand outs in the car repair industry, but to assure that your baby is placed in the best hands, there are a few things that you can do before you take him/her in for the first date:

  • Check the Better Business Bureau (BBB) – it’s called the Better Business Bureau for a reason, and they are the official say on what kind of business you are dealing with. If you find a mechanic that you think is stellar, check with these guys first.
  • Ask friends/family – yes, the most simplistic of research methods, conversation. Chances are the people you enjoy would not steer you wrong on purpose, so why not start there?
  • Automotive Service Association (ASA) – another highly respected resource for finding reputable car repair shops and mechanics. You can never go wrong with these kinds of resources.
  • RepairPal on Cars.com – it’s always good to be informed before you go talk to anyone about your car. If you can get a rough idea of what it is that you need for your vehicle, you can make more educated decisions and have the experts realize you are no pushover.

There are many other resources out there for you to search through, so keep looking. You can never be too informed when it comes to your car. Maintaining your used car value for down the road when you finally have to say goodbye (it’s okay to cry) and commit to a new partner is of the utmost importance. No one wants to say goodbye before it’s time, so don’t let it happen to you.

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