Tips for Finding a Great Auto Mechanic

You need a safe, reliable vehicle to get you where you need to go every day. However, new vehicles are large investments, so you should do everything you can to keep them in good working order. Regular maintenance and mechanical repairs are necessary. Therefore, you should have a trustworthy mechanic. Don’t just search “import car repair Issaquah WA,” and choose the first mechanic that comes up. Instead, search for the best.


Your family, neighbors, friends and coworkers have all likely had work done on their vehicles, and some of these individuals may have a vehicle similar or the same as yours. Therefore, ask your network for referrals. They will remember the mechanics who treated them fairly and respectfully.

After you receive your referrals, do a little online research. Search for testimonials and recommendations. Check with the Better Business Bureau for their rating and any unresolved disputes.


During your research, find out which shops are accredited by the American Automobile Association. Also, search for an ASE certified mechanic because these individuals have 2-year degrees and 1 year of on-the-job training or 2 years of on-the-job training.


Search for companies who have been in business for a long period of time. You want a mechanic or company with a proven track record, and business success is often the sign of a good quality shop.


If you are still unsure about a shop, take your vehicle in for a minor repair or minor maintenance, such as an oil change. They may suggest that you have other work done on your vehicle. If you say you will get a second opinion and they start to backtrack, you know they are not trustworthy. If they freely offer you a printout of the work they suggest, they may be telling the truth. Payment plans, warranties and discounts should also be discussed.

Choose a mechanic who will treat your investment with the care it needs to take you where you need to go for years to come.