Finding the right mechanic

Finding the right mechanic

Finding the right mechanic to trust with the care of your vehicle can be a daunting decision. In fact, almost 80% of Australians are wary of being ripped off by a mechanic.

Mechanics can often get a bad rap for overcharging customers, providing insufficient servicing, or causing lengthy turnaround times. On the other hand, the right mechanic can prolong the lifespan of your vehicle while keeping it in top condition.

Greg Stubbs and his team at Southport Car Repairs, AAP’s sister company, service over 4,000 vehicles per year and has seen some questionable repair work in his time. “It’s astonishing how many mechanics claim to have completed items listed in the car’s log books, without having touched a thing”, he said.

Here’s a basic checklist to help you track down the right mechanic to bring out the best in your vehicle.

Experience with a range of makes and models

There are over 450 new car models in Australia - does your mechanic have experience with your specific model? If your car is one of the more common makes and models, you’ll have the luxury of a broader range of mechanics to choose from. Finding a mechanic that has experience dealing with a range of makes and models will help ensure your vehicle is left in skilled, capable hands.

If your vehicle is a rarer make, you may be better placed tracking down a mechanic that specialises in that make and model. Afterall, there’s a big difference in servicing a 1980s Ford versus a 2020 Audi.

Technology expertise

Vehicles are becoming more and more reliant on technology. It’s not just self-driving Tesla’s that require a keen understanding of computing.

The following are common examples of technology featured in most new cars:

  • GPS
  • automatic emergency braking (ABS)
  • Apple Car Play
  • push-button start
  • reverse cameras 

 A good mechanic should be up to date with car-technology as much as mechanical servicing. This ensures any technical glitches are quickly identified and fixed.

It’s a good idea to check if your mechanic has computer diagnostic experience. Our cars are constantly progressing with computers to make them run. Finding a mechanic with strong technological expertise shouldn’t be an optional extra - it’s a must have.

Broad knowledge of car systems is essential

It’s no surprise that vehicles are extremely complex beasts - that’s why we leave their troubleshooting to the mechanics!

There are 10 major systems that keep the vehicle in motion. A good mechanic must have a strong understanding of each system, and how these systems differ from model to model.

If you’re unsure how to broach this with your mechanic, it can be easier to simply check their credentials. A mechanic with a Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology or Cert IV in Mechanical Diagnosis will have a proven understanding of these technicalities.


All Automotive Parts possesses a combined 100 years of expertise in the automotive industry. Our parts form the foundation of a solid service, designed to keep your vehicle functioning in top condition.