Mechanics get a bad wrap. For some, that bad wrap is well deserved because they very well might take advantage of consumers with little to no knowledge of how cars mechanics work. For others that are honest, the struggle to combat the belief that there are no honest mechanics is a tough row to hoe. Luckily, consumers now have the Internet which is a lifesaver when it comes to protecting yourself from unscrupulous business practices. There are websites like Cars.com that make finding mechanics with solid reputations in your community easier than ever before.

One great way to find mechanics that won’t rip you off is to take to social media. Ask friends and family for recommendations. Oftentimes, people will tag mechanics in their reply which give the mechanic an opportunity to respond, and gives others a chance to share different opinions on the recommended provider. Everyone has an opinion, and there are always three sides to every story, so if you look to social media for recommendations, you’ll want to weigh all the feedback you’re given as a whole in making your decision.

You can also use the Cars.com service locator tool that will list all reputable service station and mechanics in your area. Simply enter your zip code into the search bar and the system will generate a list. Each service center includes its own listing which features customer reviews that you can read. You might base your pick on these reviews that you read. You might also select a few options based on the generated list and reviews that you read, and then ask your friends on social media if they’ve had any experience in those locations.

You also want to be sure you do as much research as you can on your vehicle, common problems that the particular make and model may have and the service center you choose. You’ll never have as much car knowledge as the mechanic you’re entrusting with your car and bank account, but a little knowledge goes a long way.