Make sure the mechanic working on your car is ASE certified. Not only certified but certified in the area of which he/she is working on your car. You wouldn't want someone who is certified in brakes working on your engine or transmission.
ASE (National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence) is a non-profit organization that works to improve the quality of vehicle service and repair by testing and certifying automotive professionals. ASE have 8 areas of certifications:
- A1) Engine Repair
- A2) Automatic Transmission/Transaxle
- A3) Manual Drive Train & Axles
- A4) Suspension & Steering
- A5) Brakes
- A6) Electrical/Electronic Systems
- A7) Heating & Air Conditioning
- A8) Engine Performance
Those who have passed A1-A8 are recognized as ASE Master Automotive Technicians. Look for the ASE logo on the uniforms of the technicians (typically a patch on the sleeve) and a certificate should be proudly displayed on the wall.