If you've recently moved somewhere new or are just looking to switch repair shops, finding a new mechanic can be difficult. Trusting your car with a shop is a huge step, so make sure you shop around first.
1. Look Online - Check out reviews online. Yelp can be a great starting point. Remember, just because a car got a bad review, doesn't mean the shop is terrible. Maybe the person wasn't expecting all of the issues their car suffered and was upset about the price. Read positive reviews as well and use your own judgment.
2. Word of Mouth - Ask around. Many people stick to dealers, but there are always some who personally know a mechanic or repair shop. Ask your boss, co-workers, or even people at your gym.
3. Try It Out - You don't have to cringe when trying out a new mechanic. Take your car to the shop you think is best and let them know you want their estimate and a list of damages prior to fixing anything. You'll be able to tell when they call you if they're upselling you or not.