When it comes to needed repairs for your car, you want to ensure you choose a mechanic who will do a thorough job of addressing those repairs, and whom you can trust to not do any unnecessary work or overcharge you! While you can probably trust the vast majority of mechanics to handle your needed car repairs properly, and to charge you fairly, note a few tips for ensuring you choose the best mechanic for your car or truck.
Find one that specializes in your car make
It's very important to find a mechanic who has experience with your car make, especially if you have a foreign car, an older car, a limited edition, and the like. The parts under the hood and how they're connected and work with each other are different for each make of car, and a mechanic may not even have the right diagnostic equipment and tools to address needed repairs on some makes of cars.
Also, note that many cars have certain problems that are common to that make or model. A mechanic with experience working on that car model in particular may be better able to pinpoint the needed repair, and to do so quickly, if they know what to look for when it comes to how your car tends to break down over the years.
A mechanic may hear your description of what is wrong with the car and may suggest needed repairs, but they should still go through a diagnosis of certain parts and systems before they start to make those repairs. This is because many problems can be the result of different parts that are breaking down, and no mechanic, no matter how experienced, should think they can diagnose a problem without actually testing and examining parts under the hood.
You may think you've described the problem you're having with your car in complete detail, but a good mechanic will usually ask questions for more details about needed repairs. For example, if you hear a clunking sound when you hit bumps in the road, they may ask if the car also grinds or clunks when you turn. This helps to determine if the clunking is coming from the struts or the bearings around the wheel, as worn bearings typically grind or clunk when you turn. Don't think that these questions mean that the mechanic doesn't know what he or she is doing, as they can help the mechanic to pinpoint the actual needed repair.