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5 tips to help choose a reputable auto mechanic in Bel Air Maryland

Posted by tom zoebelein on Mon, Apr 02, 2012 @ 03:09 PM

Twenty years ago, most handy guys could work on their own cars. Advanced computer technologies, and special equipment pretty much require you to have your car serviced by a trained professional. Use these tips to help select a qualified auto mechanic in Harford county.


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  • Seek referrals. Ask friends, family, or co-workers to recommend a local mechanic with an excellent track record. If you’re new to town or just want to do a little more research on a mechanic, ask the mechanic for some of their own references.
  • Steer clear of the home grown mechanic. We all know someone who is handy with cars. This person might work at home rather than in a repair shop. The price savings might make it can tempting to go this route, someone who fixes cars this way generally cannot offer any guarantees on work quality.
  • Look for ASE Certifications. The National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifies individual repair technicians. In order to become ASE certified, a technician must pass a rigorous test every five years. This qualification indicates that a mechanic is extremely well versed in automotive repair.
  • Ask about the Mechanic's track record. If this  shop or the mechanic has been serving the neighborhood for a long time, that’s a great sign of reliable, long-term service.
  • Make sure there’s a warranty. Good mechanics will always stand behind their work and the parts they use. Ask a prospective mechanic about how any warranty program works, and whether you may be covered.


Ward Automotive is a sister company to Bel Air Autobody, a Harford County Auto body shop with a 20 year reputation servicing the residents of Edgewood, Bel air, Abingdon and Fallston Maryland. Why not take your car to a shop who knows your car inside and out?

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