Should Your Auto Mechanic Be Licensed?

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Subject: mechanic licences

i myself am a licenced mechanic in Ontario Canada holding an Automotive Technician and Truck & Coach Technician licence, In the trade here all mechanics are licenced and are required by law to have their trade licences on display, a non licenced mechanic is a fraud, but you get what you pay for. A simple way of looking at it is would you go get medical advice from a Dr who has never been to college. Some people do know vehicles and how repair things but even though it could be cheaper it may cost you much more in the long run


Subject: mechanics license

There is no "Mechanics license". There are multiple certifications one can obtain, but mechanics are not required to be licensed as HVAC, electrical, plumbing contractors.We don't even have business licenses. At least not where I am from.


Subject: License or Certificate

I just want to say that in Florida, there are no special certificates or licenses required to open an automotive repair shop. Your business has to be approved by the state, county, city, and Dept of Agriculture. State just wants money, county and city check zoning and building compliance, Dept of Agr has to approve that you can dispose of oil properly. I don't even believe that insurance is required except by the building owner. I own a shop, I have insurance, I hold ASE certificates as a Master auto tech, an Advanced level specialist in Gas, Diesel, and Hybrid. Ive held master Certificates for two manufacturers. These certificates are just tests though. While the basic tests can be studied and practiced for, the advanced levels do take a detailed knowledge and understanding to pass. The truth is that you should get to know your mechanic and develope a trust relationship with him/her. You can get a feeling if he or she are after your money or they genuinely care about the condition of your car and the steps you can take to keep it on the road and safe. Get a second opinion! Dont just accept that your car is going to fall apart in the next 5miles. The dealerships tend to hire people to fill a spot to get work out. They do train them, but do you want someone whom you haven't seen or spoken with repairing your car with a focus on beating the time allowed. They also have a need to generate money for the shop by upsells. You can meet a technician or foreman/team leader and ask for a certain mechanic to work on your car. That gives them a sense of accountability to you when they have to face you again in the future. I have seen a lot of bad mechanics. There is a need to be careful and choose wisely, especially if you intend to keep your car for a long time.


Subject: Re: Article

I agree with your comment. While I am in the process of gaining an ASE certification I have been working for my fathers mobile mechanic business. I have NEVER cut corners and I refuse to perform "duct tape" repair work. I am currently not licensed and my customers love my accuracy in diagnostics and quality of repair, as well as the speed at which the repairs are completed. Yes there are mechanics out there that don't belong in this business, however many of those (such as myself) are using the money from our unlicensed workto further educate ourselves and become fully certified. Higher education is expensive when you don't use loans.


Subject: Your Dad's Mobile Mechanic Business

Hi Chris, like a capable trustworthy dentist, an honorable capable auto mechanic is worth their weight in gold. If you feel comfortable saying, which mobile mechanic's business is your dad's?

Bryan Barratt

Subject: mechanic licences, Not required?

Your article is misleading. Aside from business licences, anywhere i have worked, (Alaska, Oregon, Washington) a licence to turn a wrench did not exist. One could obtain a certification from a bona fide organization to prove you knew what you were doing, and most shops only hired certified technicians.
So, look for things like a professional program certificate like ITT or Wyotech, or an ASE certification.
I hold no licence, But have worked professionally for 20 years as an auto and heavy equipment tech. I hold an ASE Master Auto Technician Certification.

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.

I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.