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Canberra’s Best Mechanics


Many people start to take their car for granted…until it breaks down and they are reminded of what an integral part a car plays in one’s life. Similarly, many people have no idea how important it is to find a really good mechanic…until they’ve dealt with a bad one. If you need to find a good mechanic you can trust with your vehicle, here is what you should look for.

They Are Proficient At Fixing Cars

This may seem like a given, but not all mechanics are capable of solving the full range of mechanical issues that vehicle owners face. They may be able to troubleshoot and repair the standard car problems, but that strange creaking sound you know needs to be addressed, or properly maintaining your Japanese import, not everyone in the industry can take care of these issues with flying colours.

Good mechanics know how to fix cars and how to fix them efficiently. They are well trained, knowledgeable, and are able to properly diagnose problems and to fix these problems. Certification and training can be an indication that a mechanic is familiar with most of the technology, and has the skills required to fix your car. While not determinative on its own, whether your mechanic has gotten certified or not, is an important factor.

They Care About Customers and Their Cars

You can always tell when someone loves cars. They look at a car and her components in a different way – with respect and concern. Doctors who love helping patients have the same vibe. For people like this, fixing the car isn’t just about making a living; it is about restoring a vehicle to its prior, better state.

A high level of customer care is also important. This is not so much just being friendly to you. It also entails being forthcoming about what needs to get done, and explaining it to you so that you fully understand. This also means being honest about what they can’t do. It is about respect, respect for your time and the fact that you have chosen to give them your business.

They Are Ethical and Fair

Mechanics should be completely above board when it comes to their transactions: no nickel and diming, no short cuts, no overcharging, no misrepresentations. They should be asking for a fair price – one that reflects the quality of work being done but is also reasonable. They should also be honest about your options – not recommending things you don’t actually need, pressuring you, or promising you the moon.

They Are Excellent Troubleshooters

Being able to fix something is only useful if the problem itself has been identified. This requires not only a robust working knowledge of vehicles, but also a strong intuitive mind that allows them to make a diagnosis quickly, instead of having to waste time and money on labour to take apart the entire car just to find out what is wrong with it. The ability to come up with an effective solution to said problem is also crucial.

They Get Things Done When They Say They Will

No one wants a slacker mechanic who takes an inordinate length of time to make a repair. Good mechanics have a strong work ethic and will ensure that they get the job done within timelines they offer. The ability to maintain their deadlines makes them more trustworthy, as well as implying that they are capable and experienced enough to make accurate assessments for a job.

They Are Up to Date on Best-In-Class Technology

Technology evolves at an alarming pace. The best mechanics stay on top of what is happening in the industry and what trends will change the way vehicles are serviced and repaired so they can provide the best service to their customers. Mechanics with a competitive edge keep up with the time and trends.

The Top 5 Canberra Mechanics According to You

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 19 years of on-site 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 maintain a minimum average of 4/5 stars on both Google and Facebook reviews.

These mechanics had the highest number of good ratings and recommendations from the comments received.

5A Mechanical Repairs

Mario and George are just genuine blokes who repair and service cars. If you’re looking for a mechanic without the bells and whistles these are your guys! New car logbook servicing, air conditioning, auto electrical, roadworthy inspections, batteries or general servicing, they do it all. Trustworthy reliable service that means you get what you pay for. Google reviewer Duju says: ‘Straightforward and honest. Workmanship and professionalism is one of the best I’ve experienced.

Tez Automotive Marine Service

Darren and his team have been servicing cars and trailer mounted water crafts for 20 years. Tez Automotive also provide service and repairs for exhausts, brakes, batteries, auto electrical, safety inspections, steering and suspension. Google reviewer Georgia says: ‘No double dutch just simple terminology and to the point, a refreshing change from previous services.

Alpine Motors Canberra

Husband and wife team are big on service and will pick up the phone to source cheap parts or stay open a bit longer to ensure you get your car back on the road safely. Specialists in Renault and Peugeot; but they provide brake checkups, engine upgrades, roadworthy inspections and air conditioning services on all makes and models. Google reviewer Cat Woman says: ‘Very helpful and friendly. I’ll be back for my next service.

Car Care Centre

Peter is all about top quality local service which means quick and effective good advice at a reasonable price. From spare parts to regular check-ups for cars and motorbikes Peter believes: If it’s got wheels, it’s his specialty! Google reviewer Jeremy says: ‘Peter is a top notch mechanic. I’ve been a customer for 15 years. Always excellent service.

Harry's Auto Care

Michael from Harry’s is an independent dealer backed by the biggest name in automotive repairs; Repco. Based in Belconnen Michael make sure his shop is well run with great service and competitive prices. Easy online booking for all car services and you can also find a great list of industry advice on his website. Google reviewer Squawkroger says: ‘Always get awesome service here. The lads do a great job, and the boss is honest and prices are fair!

 Who did you pick?

Thanks to our commentators who have provided insightful feedback on the best and worst Canberra Mechanics.

If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Please comment below detailing your experience with Canberra based Mechanics. Who would you recommend? Who would you use again? Who would you steer clear of?

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One Response to Canberra’s Best Mechanics
embee embee 10:51 am 25 Oct 18

I can highly recommend Harry’s Auto Care in Belconnen. Prompt, efficient and friendly service. Have taken previous cars to them – this week I took my ’98 Honda CRV which had a serious mechanical failure on a back wheel. Luckily this didn’t occur during the highway stretches of my daily commute. The fault turned out to be a snapped bolt. They quoted me half hour labour, replaced the bolt, checked the same bolts on the other wheels – and decided to let me simply drive away. In the past I’ve been charged aggressively for simple work at other mechanics – this was an amazing and heartfelt appreciated gesture. Thanks guys.

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