4 Signs You Are Dealing With An Amateur Mechanic

Jun 1, 2022

Whether it’s new or used, purchasing a vehicle is often one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make. With that in mind, it’s important to remember that when you trust its care to an amateur mechanic, you’re putting your investment at risk. But, how do you know if your local mechanic is honest, trustworthy, and professional? We’re glad you asked!


Amateur Mechanic or Professional Mechanic – How Can You Tell the Difference?


Here are several factors to consider to help you decipher an amateur mechanic from a professional one that deserves your trust and business.


#1: Diagnostic Ability and Speed

The ability to look at a vehicle and diagnose its problems quickly and accurately comes with experience, training, or a combination of both.


An amateur mechanic may not:

  • Diagnose your vehicle’s problem in a timely manner.
  • Be thorough with your vehicle’s diagnosis.


A professional mechanic will:

  • Take the time required to thoroughly investigate the problem in order to provide the most accurate diagnosis.
  • Diagnose your vehicle’s problem in a timely manner or inform you if it is taking longer than expected.


#2: Overall Cleanliness and Organization

Let’s face it – working on vehicles is not necessarily a clean job. Between grease, oil, and other vehicle fluids, it’s not uncommon for a mechanic to get dirty during a hard day’s work. That being said …


An amateur mechanic may not:

  • Have a neat and tidy work space.
  • Be wearing a shop uniform.
  • Keep their tools neat and organized.


A professional mechanic will:

  • Keep their uniform as neat and clean as possible.
  • Work in a clean environment.
  • Keep tools clean and organized.


While you can’t base everything on appearances, it’s usually safe to say that a mechanic who cares about neatness, cleanliness, and organization will also care about your vehicle and treating it right.


#3: Professional Certification

Just like you wouldn’t go to a doctor that you don’t think is qualified, you shouldn’t trust your vehicle’s care to a mechanic that doesn’t know what they’re doing.


An amateur mechanic may not:

  • Have formal education or certification by a professional automotive organization.
  • Be able to do specialty things, such as perform European auto repairs.


A professional mechanic will:

  • Be ASE certified or have other certifications that indicate special skills and training for auto repairs and maintenance.
  • Undergo continuing education to stay current with all the latest tools, technology, and techniques.


#4: Communication Skills

Effective communication is important for any relationship, including the relationship you have with your mechanic and local auto repair shop.


An amateur mechanic may not:

  • Be able to effectively communicate what your vehicle needs and why.
  • Be able to explain what they will do to fix your vehicle’s problem.
  • Give you a detailed quote for how much the work will cost.
  • Ask for your permission for needed repairs before doing them.
  • Inform you that your vehicle’s repairs will be more costly or time consuming than estimated.


A professional mechanic will:

  • Explain what your vehicle needs and why it needs it in terms that you can understand.
  • Give you pertinent details to explain exactly what needs to be done to solve the problem.
  • Explain how long repairs will take, how much they will cost, and ask for your permission to do the work.
  • Let you know if repairs will take longer or cost more than originally estimated.


Forget the Amateur Mechanic and Get Professional Auto Repairs and Maintenance Instead!

At We-Fix-It Auto Repair, we know how much your vehicle means to you. Your time, money, and investment in your vehicle are all things we take into consideration. That’s why we’re committed to diagnosing and servicing your vehicle in a timely manner, providing top quality service at an affordable price, and giving you the most accurate information about your vehicle’s condition so you can make the best decisions about its care.


Our experienced technicians are also ASE certified. That means they’ve gone through rigorous training and testing to ensure they know what they’re doing. And, they stay current on new technology and techniques through ongoing training and continuing education. Lastly, we make sure they’re equipped with the right tools for the job so they have what it takes to fix your vehicle efficiently and accurately.


With exceptional customer service, effective communication, and professional mechanics who are skilled at what they do, there’s no reason to take your car to an amateur mechanic. Schedule an appointment with us today and experience what professional and affordable auto repairs and maintenance feels like!

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