In Canberra, almost every household owns at least one car. Every day almost a million car journeys are made across the city. It’s crucial to maintain your vehicle. That’s for its reliability but also the safety and protection of you and your passengers.
If your car has ever broken down, you’ll understand the importance of a good mechanic. Whether you have a cracked windshield, an engine that won’t start or a flat tyre, a good mechanic will have you up and running in no time.
In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a mechanic and share where to find the best in Canberra.
What makes a great mechanic?
Choosing the right mechanic can help take the stress out of getting your car fixed. It can also get you back on the road as quickly as possible.
It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a mechanic.
- Qualified, skilled and experienced. You’ll want a mechanic who can solve a wide range of mechanical issues. A trained and experienced mechanic can identify and repair what’s wrong with your car, and quickly.
- Passionate and reliable. Choose a mechanic who is passionate about cars and has attention to detail. This is a mechanic who will treat your car as if it’s their own.
- Integrity. You’ll want a mechanic who operates with integrity and is above board. This is a mechanic who doesn’t take short cuts, charges a fair price, and is honest and transparent.
- Efficient. Nobody wants a mechanic who takes ages to carry out repairs. Good mechanics have a strong work ethic and get the job done within the shortest amount of time possible, saving you time and money.
- Knowledgeable. Motor vehicle technology rapidly evolves. The best mechanics have sound knowledge and stay on top of what’s happening in the industry.
The best mechanics in Canberra
RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of onsite comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.
To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook, as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.
For more than 30 years, Rusden Europro Automotive has been providing outstanding motor vehicle and transmission specialty services to the Canberra region. Based in Fyshwick, the mechanical repair operation always puts the customer first, with a courtesy car service available as well as pick-up and delivery and an emergency call-out service. Customers who can provide a valid student card receive 10 per cent off the cost of labour on their service.
John Spinks wrote on Google, “So fast and efficient, do all vehicles. I've taken three different cars and a ute for all sorts of work. They’ve kept costs down to minimal and I’ve never been ripped off.”
Dyno Tune is a one stop shop for all vehicle needs, providing quality repairs, services and advice. The shop has operated for over 40 years with qualified mechanics and auto electricians servicing all makes and models. This includes new car warranty, general servicing/repairs, tyre/wheel alignment, brakes/clutches. Other services include steering/suspension, battery, radiator, auto electrical and diagnostics. Family owned and operated, Dyno Tune offers free courtesy cars.
On the RiotACT, Tazza Atkins wrote, “Dyno Tune in Mitchell … honest, never rip you off, reliable.”
If you’re unable to take your car straight to the manufacturer for services and repairs, the team of highly qualified technicians and mechanics at Euro Speciality Automotive has you covered. Specialising in state-of-the-art European cars servicing and repair, such as BMW, Mercedes Benz, Audi, Peugeot and Citroen, and many more, ESA can get your car up and running again without voiding your manufacturer warranty.
As Google reviewer David Kim writes, “Great customer service. Highly knowledgeable. Punctual. Would highly recommend to anyone.”
Established in mid-2017, Express Auto Repairs has a combined experience of more than 30 years with cars and in the automotive industry. The team of mechanics at Express Auto Repairs is fast, reliable and affordable, and can service and repair all makes and models of car. They also offer a mobile service, so whether you're stuck in your driveway or out on the road, Express Auto Repairs is here to help.
Iqbal Jamali wrote on Google, “Best mechanic in Canberra! Had some issues with my car. The mechanic was very friendly, knowledgeable and explained everything. Very affordable and fixed my car in few hours. Highly recommended.”
Anthony Costello has been servicing Canberra for more than 25 years and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the automotive service and repair trade. The team at Anthony Costello Automotive is expert at servicing prestige European vehicles, particularly Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi and Volkswagen.
On Google, Ahmed Mufti wrote, “More than happy with the service on my Mercedes Coupe. Fitted in for a service last minute, gave a great price, and even a loan car.”
Techworkz Automotive, founded in 2010, treats all vehicles with the highest care, using only the best quality parts. The professional and fully trained team keep cars safe, reliable and road legal. Logbook services and vehicle inspections are available. Other services include Subaru engine management and modification services, as well as Subaru repairs and upgrades.
Olga Rogacheva wrote on Google: “Most professional and courteous mechanics team ever. You feel well looked after … the quality of work is there.”
There are many other services available in Canberra that are dedicated to providing your vehicle with professional care and attention to suit your satisfaction and safety concerns. Check out our articles on the best car washes, the best car detailers, the best car service centres and the best panel beaters Canberra has to offer.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can I get a child safety seat installed by a mechanic in Canberra?
Most mechanics in the ACT can install child safety seats. Strict laws govern restraints for children in vehicles so it's recommended that you have child safety seats installed and adjusted by a professional. A mechanic should also be able to check child seats for damage and if they're in safe working order. They can also advise on who you can maintain your child's seat.
If I can't get to a mechanic during the week, can I get my car serviced on the weekend?
Many Canberra mechanics are open on Saturdays. Check with each business to see if they're open on the weekend and what time (Saturday morning trading is reasonably common(. Mobile mechanics can come to you on weekends, although higher rates may apply.
Are any Canberra mechanics authorised vehicle inspections stations?
Yes, if your vehicle meets certain criteria you can take it to a mechanic that is listed as an authorised inspection station. Criteria that requires a roadworthy inspection includes the age of your car (more than six years old if transferring ownership); registration that has lapsed for more than 12 months; and if registration is transferring from interstate. Eighty-four authorised inspection stations operate in the ACT.
How frequently should you inspect tyre pressure?
Drivers should inspect tyre pressure every one to two months by themselves. It's very handy to do this since most petrol stations have pressure testers. This is important because some areas around Canberra are under construction which means nails or screws could be dropped on the road. These can damage your tyres. Check your tyre for its required pressure, or ask you mechanic to show you the correct method.
What should I do if my check engine light is illuminated?
If your car's "check engine" light is on, address it straight away. Several issues could be the cause, and some are more serious than others. Check your car's manual and consult your car service centre or mechanic immediately.