Probably the most difficult thing to determine when your car needs work is who to trust to do the job. Luckily, there are two organizations that mechanics can belong to. Their membership is a good sign of skill and knowledge. The national Institute for Automotive Service Excellence or A.S.E., has a voluntary certification process for mechanics in almost all fields of automotive repair, from engines to body work. Mechanics who wear the blue and white A.S.E. patch have passed tests in their field and must renew their membership every five years. An A.S.E. plaque in a shop does not mean everyone there is certified. It could be only one person, so be sure and ask. The American Automobile Association--Triple A-- also provides standards for repair shops to operate by. Certification by the A.S.E. or Triple A is a good indication that you've found a mechanic you can trust.
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