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Choosing a repair shop

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Updated: 4/10/2007 10:12 am Published: 4/10/2007 10:12 am

When you're looking for a mechanic to fix your car, why not try asking your friends and neighbors who they use and trust. Word of mouth is sometimes the best advertisement for mechanics, and many of them realize this and may treat referrals with extra care. Your local Better Business Bureau may be able to supply a list of shops in your area that haven't had excessive complaints. Try to find a garage that's run with a professional attitude and friendly technicians who treat you with respect. The mechanics should be certified by the A-S-E , a national association that provides testing of mechanics specific skills. Which shop you choose may have a lot to do with your car's problem. If you have transmission, muffler, or brake problems, a specialty shop may be where you need to go. If your car needs diagnostic service or general repairs, chain repair shops generally have the personnel and equipment to handle minor jobs. If your car's still under warranty, or for problems that may be specific to your make of car, a dealership garage may be your best choice. Though they're quickly becoming a relic of the past, the neighborhood garage can often provide the best care for your car. It may be worth it to get to know your local mechanic, so you'll be able to go to someone you trust when your car lets you down.

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