Some states require vehicle repair technicians are licensed. Other states do not. While not mandatory, mechanics in particular are viewed more favorably when they have a voluntary certificate from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence ASE. ASE certifies technicians and shops in the United States and some parts of Canada. ASE Certification is not law, however, it is viewed favorably by employers to maintain a high standard in their auto repair shops and sets a standard for many in the automotive industry.

Mechanics and repair technicians can also gain valuable experience and further certifications from local colleges and vocational schools. Some have completed an auto mechanic or auto technician apprenticeship which gives them years of valuable hands on experience.

Know your auto repair technician and auto repair facility before you commit to jobs.

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When looking for a mechanic to perform work on your car or truck, here are some things to keep in mind.

  • Are they certified by an organization such as the ASE.
  • Do they present themselves in a clean and professional manner.
  • How many years experience do they have repairing cars.
  • What is their auto specialty.
  • Do they have experience with your specific car make and model.
  • Do they offer a auto guarantee on their workmanship.
  • Do they offer a car warranty.
  • Are they licensed.
  • Are they bonded.
  • Do they have professional auto repair tools (tools are a good indicator of how serious a technician is about their craft).
  • Do they have references.
  • Do they offer a free written estimate for the work on your car or truck.
  • Are they reviewed online.

It may seem like a lot to ask for a mechanic, upholsterer or auto body mechanic but remember you are trusting this person or auto repair facility with your vehicle and in some sense, your life. Imagine a brake failure due to shoddy repair work… not a good thought.

Remember that each state has different requirements and you should check with your Secretary of State to find out the specific requirements an auto technician must complete in order to be considered licensed in that state – if at all.

Even if you are not familiar with auto repair techniques, cost of servicing your vehicle or the quality of workmanship with the repair to your car, you can use this guide to find a good honest mechanic that will make sure the repairs to your car or truck are completed properly, on time and at a reasonable cost.

One last bit of advice is; when in doubt, move on. If you feel your technician or repair facility is not being honest, do not use them. There are many honest mechanics and auto repair shops out there so seek them out and build a friendly relationship with them for many years of service.