Before we cover the 7 steps to finding a great mechanic, let’s pin it down a bit. You don’t just need a dealership or a corner shop. You need a guy. Not just a guy to do your service and light repairs, you need a guy who also knows a guy. You know, a guy for body and paint, serious engine work and other specialties.
As you probably know, we moved to Green Bay, WI over the summer. We’re now 240 miles from Joe Ricci, this podcaster’s go-to guy for all things car. Joe owns Joe Ricci Tire, the Goodyear dealer in Rice Lake, Wisconsin.
Joe was the guy for most of our tire, service and repair needs. The things he didn’t do, like timing chains and anything requiring welding, Joe had a guy to send you to.
You’ll have to listen to the podcast to get the full story of how we found a shop here in Green Bay, but didn’t find the guy. Here are the steps we followed to find Joe. We will follow the same steps in our new town.7 Steps To Finding A Great Mechanic. Click To Tweet
1. Know your car
Everyone should have a basic understanding of the general servicing of your car or truck. Things like checking and changing oil, air filter, fuel filter and regular maintenance items. You should also check your owner’s manual and take a look at the service schedule. But forget that 7,500 mile oil change stuff, do it every 3,000.
7 Steps To Finding A Great Mechanic
2. Ask a few people you trust
3. Be careful with service writers
4. Start him out with small stuff, if you can.
5. Throw him a curve ball
6. Listen to the verbiage he’s using
7. Don’t be afraid to move on and keep searching.
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A Show Note Change
Being back on the road, I’ve had to learn to adapt and change how I do show notes. Rather than one post a week with longer show notes, we will have a few posts during the week to cover the topics of the upcoming show. I will link to all relevant posts when I do write the episode notes.