How to Find a Good Mechanic
A great mechanic is not just one who knows his stuff but is also trustworthy. If you’ve moved to a new area or you’re just unhappy with your current mechanic, follow these tips for finding the best repair shops in your area.
You wouldn’t take your car to a person who has a reputation for high prices or shoddy work. Find out who friends, colleagues or family members that live near you recommend. Also, check on repair garages with the Better Business Bureau.
Take to the Web
Sites such as MechanicRatingz allow you to search for mechanics by the shop, state, city, and zip code. This particular site also allows you to filter a search for only those mechanics that already have consumer ratings. One of the most thorough sites for screening mechanics is RepairPal.com. The site offers independent estimates of auto repairs and services using source data dating back to 1990. Depending on your location, required service, and car details, RepairPal’s estimator can crunch an average cost for you. If your mechanic is charging a whole lot more for the same part/service, it might be time to find a new one (or at least get an explanation). The resource is also available as a free mobile app for Android and iPhone/iPod touch with many of the same features as the full site, but with added 24/7 roadside assistance.
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