- 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?
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Green Driving Tips
Topics: Car Detailing
As I sit here writing this, we have just had our first warm days of spring here in Bel Air Maryland. I have three daffodils in full blook with more on the way. The trees are all budding up with new growth. I can’t say this winter has been as bad as in the past, (well except for that major snow storm we had), but we did have enough winter weather to shorten the lifespan of your car if not properly handled. Here are some tips for Bel Air drivers to do this week without delay!
Topics: Car Detailing
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