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Tricks of the Trade - Mechanics' Little Secrets

Choosing an auto repair shop for your vehicle's service and repair can be daunting, as we've all heard stories about unscrupulous mechanics finding and fixing a small problem but billing for the repair of a big one. Experts say three out of ten auto shops are unethical, and only half produce better than mediocre work. So where does that leave you when your car or truck needs work? Here are some tips that'll help you recognize auto repair shops to avoid. Big One: Watch for scare tactics that come in phrases like, "Good thing you got this in here when you did! I wouldn't have driven this one more mile." That's almost always a good signal to pack up and be on your way right there and then. Reputable auto repair shops display certifications and the more the better. If you don't see any displayed, ask to see them. Meaningful certifications include, but are not limited to, the American Automobile Association (AAA), Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and the Better Business Bureau ( ... read more

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