How do you find a great mechanic? Dave's Auto Center, in Centerville and Layton Utah, knows this is a big question for consumers.
Centerville, UT (BizHWY
) July 17, 2013 - The short answer of how to find a great mechanic is probably word of mouth. Another option is to check if they are ASE certified, or even better if they are ASE master certified. Since there are no state licensing requirements, tests, or educational requirements to be a mechanic, ASE is one of the ways to qualify a mechanic.
ASE is a voluntary program for mechanics. The acronym stands for The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. They offer a series of tests, run by the same people who do the well known ACT testing. A mechanic can become ASE certified in 8 different areas of auto repair, after completing 2 years of on the job work. They undergo rigorous testing to qualify. In fact, there are only about 350,000 ASE technicians in the U.S.
Miles Bell, owner, says "We believe it is important to our customers that the technicians who work on their vehicles are well trained and qualified. We require this certification of our technicians because only the cream of the crop are willing to do it. ASE certification is demanding and ongoing, they need to be retested every 5 years to maintain it."
This is what is said about ASE mechanics:
Because the ASE program is primarily voluntary, ASE certification becomes a self-selecting credential that weeds out the incompetent. And while ASE does not certify repair shops or police individual business practices, it stands to reason that those shop owners and managers who support their service employees' efforts to become technically certified will be as concerned about the other aspects of their business as well. (ASE Website)
At Dave's Auto Center, we are proud of our hard working and dedicated technicians. Of our 5 employees, ALL of them are ASE technicians. And 3 of them are Master ASE technicians