Automotive Service Excellence
Until the early 1970s, consumers had no way to distinguish between incompetent and competent mechanics. In response to this need, the independent, non-profit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) was established in 1972.
ASE's mission is to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service through the testing and certification of repair and service professionals.
At present there are over 420,000 professionals with current certifications. They work in every segment of the automotive service industry: car and truck dealerships, independent garages, fleets, service stations, franchises, and more.
Here's how ASE certification works: Prospective candidates register for and take one or more of ASE's 40-plus exams. The tests are grouped into specialties for automobile, medium/heavy truck, truck equipment, school bus, and collision repair technicians as well as engine machinists, alternate fuels technicians, parts specialists, collision damage estimators and auto service consultants.
Upon passing at least one exam and after providing proof of two years of relevant work experience, the test taker becomes ASE certified. Certification, however, is not for life. To remain certified, those with ASE credentials must be retested every five years.
The tests, which are conducted twice a year at over 700 locations around the country, are administered by ACT, known for its academic and occupational testing programs. The exams stress knowledge of job-related skills. They are no cinch to pass; approximately one out of three test takers fails.
Consumers benefit from ASE certification. It is a valuable yardstick by which to measure the knowledge and skills of individual technicians as well as the commitment to quality of the repair facility employing ASE-certified professionals.
ASE-certified professionals usually wear blue and white ASE insignia and carry credentials listing their exact area(s) of expertise (brakes, engine repair, etc.), while employers often display their technicians' credentials in the customer waiting area.
Consumers should look for facilities that display the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence© logo.
Trustworthy, honest, reliable work! (YES, at a shop! lol) I've been bringing my car to Classic Auto for (about 10?) years now. The first time was after I received a quote from another shop, someone told me to "go see Pete", and I'm glad I did. My car was fixed for about 25% of the price I was quoted elsewhere (a lot of the stuff they told me I needed, I didn't). Over the years I've had a lot of work done on not only my car, but my kids and parents cars too. I'm planning on keeping my car that already has over 240k miles on the road for a long time, and I trust them to help me do that.
Pete has taken care of my cars since he opened the shop. He and his staff always do excellent work for a good price - and I'm very satisfied with the quality of his service. I am struck that he delivers on his promises; he doesn't promise what he can't deliver. And I have received honest auto advice, even if Classic does not end up doing the work. I can't speak highly enough of Pete and his crew. If you're unhappy with your mechanic or national chain shop, give Classic Auto Services a try. I think you'll be glad.
There isn't a more honest mechanic shop in the area have been doing business with Pete for many years an he has always provided top quality services at a more then fair price an always stands behind his work!!! If your looking for a mechanic shop look no further!!!