The first step to finding a mechanic you can trust is by looking at their certifications. While ASE certification is the gold standard, there are other reliable accreditations, both through the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence and others. Official certifications are a trusted way to verify how knowledgeable your mechanic is about the different systems in your car. While standard certifications are good for most cars, if you have a specialty vehicle, you may also want to look for more specific certifications when choosing the right mechanic.
Look for Any Mechanic You Visit to Be ASE Certified
The first accreditation to look for in a mechanic or auto repair shop is ASE certification. As the standard certification for auto mechanics and technicians, this badge will tell you that the mechanics handling your car understand how to properly diagnose and repair your car’s systems. During the ASE certification process, technicians learn how each system works and how to diagnose potential repairs.
For each type of vehicle, technicians are tested on eight different certifications covering eight different car systems, including:
- Engine Repair
- Automatic Transmission/Transaxle
- Manual Drive Train and Axles
- Suspension and Steering
- Electrical/Electronic Systems
- Heating and Air Conditioning
At the most basic level, any ASE certified mechanic will be knowledgeable in those eight areas for automobiles and light trucks, though they may also work toward certifications in more types of vehicles. When you come to any local AAMCO, you can rest assured that each mechanic working on your car is ASE certified.
All ASE Certified Mechanics Must Stay Up to Date
ASE certification is not just a one-time ordeal. Mechanics who are ASE certified must continue to go through regular re-certification to ensure they stay up to date with knowledge and technology. Car technology is always changing and improving, meaning mechanics have to go through continuing education to learn about changes to car systems and new diagnostic technology. Each AAMCO mechanic is not only ASE certified, but also continues to go through continuing education and certification to stay on top of changes and new technology.
Depending on Your Car and Situation, Look for Specialty Certifications
While the standard ASE certification prepares mechanics to work on most cars, there are times when you may need more specialized knowledge. With the growing popularity of electric and hybrid vehicles, it’s increasingly common to need to look for mechanics trained to diagnose and service that type of car. Finding the right mechanic who can help keep your car in shape or diagnose with more education.
Trust Your Local AAMCO Colorado Auto Repair Shop
Finding a mechanic you want to stick with can take time and lots of trial and error. However, if you check for accreditations like ASE certified mechanics, it can give any new auto repair shop a leg up on your list. At AAMCO, we require all of our mechanics to be ASE certified so that each of our customers can have confidence that their car is in good hands. Whether you come to us for car maintenance or need a major auto repair service, it’s important to be able to trust the skills and knowledge of your mechanic. Call us with questions about our mechanics’ certifications or schedule an appointment for your car online.