“Hi, I was just calling to find out if you guys are certified.”
It’s actually a pretty important to vet your mechanic. It’s the wild west. All that’s necessary to work on cars as a “professional” is a job. You see, in California a repair shop must be licensed through the BAR (Bureau of Automotive Repair) to charge money for car repair. The requirements for licensing are actually pretty minimal. The state just wants to give everyone a number so they can track the screw-ups in the industry.
A technician on the other hand simply needs a licensed auto repair shop to hire him and he can legally fix your car, or try at least.
- No training of any kind? No problem.
- Never worked on a car before? Sure, you can legally “fix” cars.
- Never driven a car before and no driver’s license? Yup, you can still be a mechanic.