Dodge The Cowboys And Find Your Perfect Mechanic!


Unless you’re lucky enough to have a close friend or family member who’s a mechanic, it can be a little hard to know who you can trust. Although you may love cars, and know more about the workings of an engine than the average person, I’m sure you’ll agree that you’re under qualified to handle all of your maintenance yourself! Seen as you’re going to have to hire a mechanic now and then, here are some tips for finding the best one possible.

Ask Friends and Family

You may not think it, but one of the best ways to find a good mechanic is through word-of-mouth referrals. Provided it comes from someone you can trust, and they have nothing to gain by twisting the story of their experience, a single recommendation from a friend can be worth ten times as much as any marketing campaign. The next time you’re out with a few friends or relatives, ask them about any experiences they’ve had with local mechanics. If it’s a matter of urgency, get onto Facebook and throw the question out for anyone to answer. They may not know all the details about the work they had done, but they’ll usually be able to give you an honest, no-nonsense recommendation.

Go Online


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Okay, so maybe your friends and family haven’t been all that lucky with their mechanics. If they can only tell you who not to go to, rather than who delivers great service, then you’ll have to look elsewhere. Luckily for you, it’s 2017, and that means it’s easier than ever to find honest, impartial reviews on any kind of service! By visiting sites like Yelp, or more specialised ones like, you’ll be able to research different auto shops in your area, and compare them on things like their rates and working standards. Even checking out the businesses on Google+ and Facebook can give you a pretty good idea of what their customers are saying about them. Just make sure you’re taking these reviews with a pinch of salt. If one place has a lot of really great and really poor reviews, find out who’s leaving them and what they’re citing. Furthermore, if the business is particularly large, make sure you’re taking proportions into account. If the auto shop serves a lot of people, but seem to have a lot of bad reviews, these could only be a small proportion of the overall vote.

Stake it Out in Person

Although a combination of my two earlier points will usually guide you to a great mechanic, to be safe I’d recommend visiting the auto shop in person and judging it with your own two eyes. While the price should certainly be an important factor in your search, your overall customer experience should also be taken into account. Before you put a penny down for your repairs, drive out to the garages you’re considering going to and do a little stakeout. If something about the business doesn’t rub you the right way, it’s usually a good idea to cross it off the list.

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