Is Your Auto Technician Ase Certified?

By: Neil Teasdale

Prolonging the life of your car and making sure it keeps running properly through the years of wear and tear and extreme weather changes depends heavily on the auto mechanic or technician maintaining your car. Now the weather changes are strictly dependent of where you live but there's no denying the wear and tear that every car goes through and having a hack work on your car will really take its toll on the life of your car and your pocket book.

It's your responsibility to ensure that the auto mechanic or auto technician working on your vehicle or vehicles has the experience and ability to handle all necessary issues that can arise and that will save you time and money down the road. Don't take any chances with the health and life of your vehicle; you've invested a lot of money to buy it so insist on your auto mechanic or technician to be ASE certified. ASE certification is monitored from the nonprofit organization, National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence which was founded in 1972 and can be found at www.asecert.org.

The ASE has certified nearly 500,000 automotive professionals in the industry now with ASE testing and certifying auto technicians in all of the major areas of auto repair and auto service. You can find ASE certified auto technicians as well as auto parts specialists all across the United States from independently owned garages to huge name brand garages and dealerships.

Here's how ASE certification works: Prospective candidates register for and take one or more of ASE's 40-plus exams. The tests are grouped into specialties for automobile, medium/heavy truck, truck equipment, school bus, and collision repair technicians as well as engine machinists, alternate fuels technicians, parts specialists, auto service consultants, and collision damage estimators.

Twice a year in May and November ASE tests over 100,000 auto technicians at over 750 locations around the country. To become ASE certified one must pass at least one exam and have verified work experience of at least two years. The tests, developed by auto industry experts and overseen by ASE's own professionals, are administered by ACT known for its academic and occupational testing programs.

Also, these exams are not some piece of cake test, approximately one out of three test takers fails. Another reason ASE certification is so well respected in the auto industry and requires care and dedication is because a certified auto mechanic or technician must take the test every five years to maintain their certification which further works to find the best auto technicians in their field.

The best thing about the ASE certification is that it is certifying the individual technician's ability not the repair facility or garage as a whole in which they are employed. It doesn't even really matter if a repair facility has a decent reputation if they have unqualified technicians working there. ASE certified auto mechanics or technicians have the pride to test and prove their own technical competence to themselves, to their employers and to their customers. With ASE certification being voluntary for the most part it separates sub standard auto technicians from quality technicians who are self motivated and seek out the certification that places them above the rest.

There's no denying that motorists will benefit from auto technicians that are ASE certified. Repair facilities that employ ASE certified professionals show their customers they care about the knowledge and skills of their individual technicians and their commitment to quality and customer loyalty.

You can identify a repair facility that has ASE certified professionals by the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence® logo. Also, ASE certified technicians usually wear blue and white ASE insignia and have credentials listing their exact areas of expertise (brakes, engine repair, etc.), most employers usually display their auto mechanics' or technicians' credentials in an area where it's easily visible, most often than not, in the customer service waiting area.

These days our cars are usually the second biggest investment we make after our homes, so take your car to an ASE certified auto professional and you'll get the best possible service and a long healthy life for your car.

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