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When shopping around for a new mechanic, are there any signs one can look for to see if the guy is a scam artist or if he is honest and knowledgeable?

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    This is going to generate a fair amount of opinion. Better that you ask such a question in chat over at The Pitstop – Zaid Sep 4 '15 at 17:15
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Cartalk.com has a place where people post their recommended mechanics. I have found it useful. Here's the URL: http://www.cartalk.com/.

  • What about yelp? – TheOne Sep 4 '15 at 19:54
  • Yelp = old organized crime protection racket, i.e. you pay me, and I won't write a bad review. I really don't like Yelp, but I guess that is a personal opinion. – BillDOe Sep 4 '15 at 19:55
  • I'm not a fan either, but Yelp has successfully shown in court more than once that they do not accept money for review changes, and they've started suing people who claim they do. – barbecue Sep 5 '15 at 2:04
  • @barbecue, good to hear. I've heard advertisements on TV that pretty much imply that this, that, and the other service will write favorable reviews (web.com? on angieslist?, Amazon), obviously for a price. But this is way off topic. And I wasn't referring to Yelp accepting money; I was referring to the poster. – BillDOe Sep 5 '15 at 5:12
  • @BillOer gotcha – barbecue Sep 5 '15 at 14:11

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