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Finding a good Mechanic

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by xbxb, Dec 22, 2013.

  1. Dec 22, 2013 at 9:28 AM
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    I purchased a new Tacoma few months ago and It is almost time to take it to the dealership for its first service. I am not a Mechanic, and about the toughest thing my Truck does is drive down old dirt roads to take me fishing. I have been concerned about having the right people work on my truck so I asked BamaToy 1997 who is a 20 year ASE Master Certified Mechanic what to look for. Here is his answer which I really appreciated. I thought I would toss this out to everyone else and inquire about locating and finding a good mechanic. What are your thoughts? and here is Bill's answer.



    "It is sometimes a challenge to find a good tech to work on your car. MOST, but of course not all of the techs at the dealership level are overall some really good guys. What you can do is ask to see the certifications of the techs there. Take the time to talk to one or two and get a feel for them. Then, whenever you bring in your vehicle, you are fully within your rights to ask for only that tech to work on your vehicle. Now some dealerships do not have bumper to bumper techs, so the specialize. This means that depending on what you bring your vehicle in for, it may go to different techs, but if you find the good ones that are multi-skilled, you can get them to do most everything just by them. You wouldn't go to a doctor that you never checked up on, or asked about, why get your pride and joy vehicle taken care of by someone you haven't vetted?"
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  2. Dec 22, 2013 at 9:33 AM
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    Good advice, ive worked with a journeyman mech before and he was a complete moron. Everything he touched came back and everything he diagnosed was never the issue. Like literally everything to both of those. 7 months now im still fixing his crap.
     
  3. Dec 22, 2013 at 2:01 PM
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    7 months--- was this guy working for Toyota?
     
  4. Dec 22, 2013 at 2:10 PM
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    Talk to the tech first, ask questions about the work you are thinking about, and listen to how he answers you.
     
  5. Dec 22, 2013 at 6:41 PM
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    No he was at a gm dealership lol good avice^^^
     
  6. Dec 22, 2013 at 6:58 PM
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    Some tech are good, and some, I don't know how they got their license.
     
  7. Dec 23, 2013 at 1:05 PM
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    Any Idea what kind of certifications the techs have?
     
  8. Dec 24, 2013 at 7:00 AM
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    thought Maybe i could get some techs to chime in.
     
  9. Dec 24, 2013 at 9:11 AM
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    Not really school doesnt block out stupid. The guy can be fully certified but dumb as a post. As stated before talk to the guy before the work is done if you feel un easy go somewhere else
     
  10. Dec 24, 2013 at 10:09 AM
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    I think you guys nailed it. Talk to them then make a decision.
     

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