Automotive Service Excellence
Until the early 1970s, consumers had no way to distinguish between incompetent and competent mechanics. In response to this need, the independent, non-profit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) was established in 1972.
ASE's mission is to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service through the testing and certification of repair and service professionals.
At present there are over 420,000 professionals with current certifications. They work in every segment of the automotive service industry: car and truck dealerships, independent garages, fleets, service stations, franchises, and more.
Here's how ASE certification works: Prospective candidates register for and take one or more of ASE's 40-plus exams. The tests are grouped into specialties for automobile, medium/heavy truck, truck equipment, school bus, and collision repair technicians as well as engine machinists, alternate fuels technicians, parts specialists, collision damage estimators and auto service consultants.
Upon passing at least one exam and after providing proof of two years of relevant work experience, the test taker becomes ASE certified. Certification, however, is not for life. To remain certified, those with ASE credentials must be retested every five years.
The tests, which are conducted twice a year at over 700 locations around the country, are administered by ACT, known for its academic and occupational testing programs. The exams stress knowledge of job-related skills. They are no cinch to pass; approximately one out of three test takers fails.
Consumers benefit from ASE certification. It is a valuable yardstick by which to measure the knowledge and skills of individual technicians as well as the commitment to quality of the repair facility employing ASE-certified professionals.
ASE-certified professionals usually wear blue and white ASE insignia and carry credentials listing their exact area(s) of expertise (brakes, engine repair, etc.), while employers often display their technicians' credentials in the customer waiting area.
Consumers should look for facilities that display the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence© logo.
Automotive Service Excellence
General Services, near Port Charlotte, FloridaVery dependable and honest. Have been using A&E for over 15 years and will never go anywhere else for excellent service. Highly recommend.
Car & Truck Care, near Port Charlotte, FloridaMarco and crew have been taking care of my Chevy van and cars for over a decade. Driving between 25-30,000 miles per year, l feel confident and safe everyday. BG products, which they offered me years ago have been my saving grace. Not only are BG oils and additives the best in the industry, their warranty is for real and second to none. Over the past 11 years, BG's warranty has covered close to $6,000 worth of repairs. The beauty is that for as long as I continue to use BG products, my warranty stays intact. The old beast, as it is known, still runs strong at over 300,000 miles. Thanks, A&E
Ignition Interlock Systems, near Port Charlotte, FloridaGreat service! Friendly staff. No wait, always in and out. Would highly recommend!
Tires, near Port Charlotte, FLGreat job
Honest and Honorable
Port Charlotte, FLChristian owned business with great service, honest estimates, knowledgeable mechanics and no surprises.
Port Charlotte, FLThis is a great auto repair shop . There very professional and courteous. I would highly recommend them for service or repairs.
Port Charlotte, FLEvery single person that works at the shop from front desk through admin and the mechanics always treat myself and other customers like first priority and always give me the time so they can sit down with me and explain what is going on with the vehicle instead of rushing through to move on to the next project. I always will recommend them to others!
Brakes, near Port Charlotte, FLStopped by late Friday afternoon with a smoking brake, needing to get back on the road and back to Wisconsin. These guys were amazing, so helpful, so accommodating and just overall fantastic. Thanks for the rock star service and adding the personal touch. We walked in with an emergency and walked out feeling like we knew these folks for years. Thank you so much..... Another year, a different vehicle and yet another save from you and your technicians. Seriously thanks again for all the help.
Honest and Professional
Port Charlotte, FLMarco & his group do great work. Their honesty is unmatched. I wouldn't take my vehicles anywhere else!!!
Port Charlotte, FLThis is an amazing shop. It is so hard to find a reliable, trustworthy, and professional repair shop. They are exactly what we were looking for a family owned shop that reminds of how it should be. When you bring your vehicle in you feel like it is in the hands of family. Everyone is so nice, they explain anything they find and walk you through everything. Couldn't recommend them enough.