How do you know if you have a good mechanic?

Posted on: 1:49 pm, January 31, 2013, by , updated on: 01:57pm, January 31, 2013

DENVER — Tonight on FOX31 Denver news at 9 p.m., Heidi Hemmat goes undercover and finds mechanics charging huge amounts of money for simple repairs.

See what happens when the mechanics are exposed.

Also, how do you know if your mechanic can be trusted? Check out the slideshow below for some good tips.

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  • Your mechanic and shop should be certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, or ASE. This non-profit works to change and improve the quality of repairs and service by testing and certifying automotive professionals.

  • Auto repair shops rank high on the bureau's list of common complaints. Go to http://www.bbb.org; the information you find might help you figure out which shops to avoid. Also, besides the BBB there are several consumer base web sites that post complaints.

  • Make sure it's convenient. Even the best shop might not be worth your time and effort if you have few transportation options after dropping off a vehicle.

  • Ask about what kind of guarantees will the shop offer on repair work? Warranties vary among shops, so ask about them before the repair. Use a common repair, such as brake work, as your guide.

  • Before your car needs a major repair, you might want to try out a local shop with smaller repairs or maintenance items, such as oil and filter change.

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