I think www.cartalk.com is by far the best solution to finding a good mechanic and figuring out what is wrong with the vehicle. I have been able to find good mechanics for my kids when they've been 3,000 miles from home. I used the "Find a Mechanic" link on their website and then called the shop and talked to the owner.
Especially if you're new to an area, you need to interview a mechanic just as you would a doctor. Common sense says, "Know your car and trust your gut".
I grew up "under the hood"; I've been a backyard mechanic all my life. I have also had several jobs in the auto industry. My grown kids still call Mom when they have something wrong with their cars.
By Anne Miles from Glen Mills, PA
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