- Seek referrals. Check with your friends, family, or co-workers to recommend a local mechanic with an excellent track reputation. If you’re new to town or just want to do a little more research on a mechanic, ask the mechanic for references.
- Steer clear of the “shadetree mechanic.” We all know someone who fixes cars. Someone who works on cars at home, rather than in a repair shop. Although it can be tempting to go this route, someone who fixes cars this way generally cannot offer any guarantees on work quality.
- Check for ASE Certification. The National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifies individual repair technicians. In order to become ASE certificatied, a technician must pass a rigorous test every five years. This qualification indicates that a mechanic is extremely well versed in automotive repair and in specific automotive technologies.
- Check the repair center’s track record. If an individual shop or mechanic has been serving the neighborhood for a long time, that’s a great sign of reliable, long-term service.
- Look for a warranty. Good mechanics will always stand behind thier work and the parts they use. Ask a prospective mechanic about how any warranty program works, and whether you may be covered if your car breaks down.
Ward Automotive is a separate division of Bel Air autobody, a Harford county Auto Body shop serving the residents of Bel Air, Edgewood, Fallston and Abingdon for over 20 years. If you car needs mechanical work, why not take it to a shop that knows your car literally inside and out?