What Is an ASE Certified Mechanic?

Have you ever wondered what it takes to be classified as an ASE Certified mechanic? ASE Certified mechanics are mechanics that go through voluntary training to meet the requirements established by the US National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.

What does a mechanic have to do to become ASE certified?
A mechanic has to demonstrate two years of work experienImage courtesy of ase.comce and pass at least one specialty test (for example, there are 40+ offered ranging anywhere from Auto Maintenance or Light Repair Certification to Engine Machinist Certification). Certification lasts for five years then the mechanic must renew.

Mechanics can also become an ASE Certified Master mechanic.
These mechanics take a series of subject tests to demonstrate their knowledge in an array of vehicle systems. This certification is also offered in a number of categories ranging from collision repair to engine machinist.

If you are in need of a mechanic visit your local Best-One® and let one of our skilled mechanics have a look at your vehicle!

By Lindsey Beer, Best-One® Tire & Service Expert Panelist

What Is the Difference Between Vehicle Maintenance and Vehicle Repair?

Often times we hear how important it is to keep up-to-date with vehicle maintenance  and to be timely with necessary vehicle repairs.  But what is the difference between the two?  It is easy to interchange these two terms, so let’s take a closer look:

Vehicle maintenance is routine, scheduled services, inspections, and part replacements that the vehicle manufacturer recommends based on age or mileage of a vehicle. Some examples of maintenance are:

  • Oil changes
  • Transmission service
  • Radiator service
  • Tune-up (consists of, but not limited to a check of the spark plugs, wire, cap and rotor, fuel filter, air filter, and PCV valve.)

Vehicle repairs are services that are required when something on your vehicle either stops working or is not working properly and either disables your vehicle completely or makes it unsafe to drive. Some examples of repairs are:

  • Brakes
  • Steering/Suspension
  • Engine
  • Battery
  • A/C — Heat

If you think your vehicle is in need of maintenance or repair of any kind visit your local Best-One®, and we will be more than happy to take a look at your vehicle!

By Nate Zolman, Best-One® Tire & Service Expert Panelist