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Bellingham Auto Mechanic

  1. Northwest Honda, Bellingham's Premier Auto Repair Shop 360-676-2277 Call today!

  2. First, try to research various automotive certifications.
  3. A good auto mechanic will be Certified and should have a certification indicating what areas he is proficient in. At Northwest Honda all of our mechanics are Honda Certified and every year spend many hours updating and honing their skills.
     
  4. Another thing to look for is affiliation signs. Some places will certify some local repair shops after examining their credentials and business policies, and they will have a list of those shops on their website. We are a member of the BBB as well as a certified Honda Franchise.
  5. Ask around. Your friends, family, and colleagues have cars, and have to get them serviced somewhere. Find out how they feel about their mechanics. 98% of our customers say that they regularly recommend Northwest Honda to friends and family
  6. Check online reviews. Look for reviewers' overall impression, without too much weight to isolated very bad or very good reviews: a reviewer here and there may be unreasonable, mistaken, dishonest, or simply grumpy. We are highly rated online and there is a reason why Northwest Honda has such a good reputation!
  7. Investigate procedures online. Internet sites and discussions can provide "sanity checks" on prices and reasons for repairs. Bear in mind that prices can vary significantly from place to place and a lot from car to car, and that sometimes things do go bad unexpectedly. Our oil change price at our quick lube, express oil change service center is the lowest in Bellingham!
  8. "Stake-out" your local shops.This means driving past and checking out the facilities. Look for clean, orderly grounds and work areas and people engaged purposefully in their work. Grounds chock-full of cars being actively worked through aren't a bad thing, though perhaps not for you if you have a very valuable car or show-quality finish to protect from even the slightest tap. Take notice of the makes, quantity, and quality of the other customers' cars. If you drive a 5 year old Ford truck, and the only vehicles you see around are run-down, old Fiats in the parking lot that probably isn't the place for you.
    • Professional drivers are likely to be well-informed, so taxis, limos, or work vans around can indicate a good economical shop. Many businesses not only buy from us but do all of their service work here as well! Come experience the difference at Northwest Honda, Bellingham.
  9. Balance price and convenience.Any mechanic should work honestly, effectively, and avoid big surprises on cost or time. Going to a more-expensive shop alone doesn't guarantee anything, but recognize that it legitimately costs more to provide:
    • Convenient location. It costs more to rent, or forego income by not renting out, space in a fancy or densely-populated area. But, if you live or work in such an area, taking your car here may help you get back to your other activities more quickly.
      • Some shops, typically fancy ones like dealerships, provide free shuttles. There are many non-expensive areas within short distances from train or bus stops--consider your safety to, from and at those, though. A cab ride to and from a shop in an inconvenient area may be well worth the money you can save on a repair. Occasionally one of the workers may offer you a lift. Call to ask about transit options before going. We offer free shuttle service for local customers.
    • New and spacious waiting, office and repair areas. Buildings, like cars, cost money to build and keep shiny. Accumulation of dirt and serious decay can suggest an attitude problem, though.
    • More time to talk and mitigate unexpected delays. It can sometimes take a lot of time to explain some problems with a level of detail suitable for those not familiar with cars or to deal with unexpected problems that may appear. A shop that does less business overall may have more time to explain things and may introduce less delay for unusual problems because it already has slack in its schedule. If you expect to have something complicated to ask about at a busy shop, be prepared to wait awhile; better yet, ask what times are less busy before going.
    • More parts on hand. Larger shops, and those that specialize in particular kinds of work or cars, can often save time with parts taken from a comprehensive inventory rather than waiting for them to arrive from elsewhere, though even that can be pretty fast near a city.
    • All original-equipment-manufacturer ("OEM") or other new parts. Car manufacturers make, or obtain through their parts suppliers, and sell spare parts that should match the originals perfectly, known as OEM parts. Dealers normally use these. Other, "aftermarket" manufacturers, make new replacement parts. "Rebuilders" or "remanufacturers" take apart and clean complex used parts such as engines and transmissions, replace whatever may have broken, readjust, refit or replace whatever tends to wear out, and reassemble, lubricate, and seal them. Aftermarket and rebuilt parts typically cost much less and are often just as good. There are established aftermarket and rebuilding companies with their own reputations to protect. Junkyards, often called "salvage" or "used auto parts" companies, are particularly good for saving money on things that don't wear out, like doors and mirrors, but the particular part to be used has to be examined and the appearance normally won't be perfect. Independent mechanics typically use aftermarket parts, and sometimes rebuilt or salvage parts, but should ask before installing something that is not new.
      • An insurer may sometimes waive "betterment" charges for replacing old parts that got broken if you agree to have aftermarket parts used. Ask about this if an insurer is paying for your repairs.
    • Specialization. Many mechanics can do good work on all kinds of common cars. But many parts on antiques work in odd, obsolete ways, and many parts on top-of-the-line luxury cars or exotic cars can work in odd ways to squeeze out a little extra performance. And replacements can be hard to find. So if you have one of these, look for a mechanic who works with similar cars as a substantial part of his business. If the car has collector value, make sure any replacement parts are sufficiently "authentic".
    • Dealerships generally charge quite a bit more for parts and labor than other mechanics, but they're supposed to know your vehicle and be able to get the job done perfectly. We get your work done right the first time without having to charge more! We check our competition's prices twice a month and make sure that you are getting the value at a reasonable price!
  10. Talk to the mechanic, ask questions and request to see the old parts when they are removed.When a mechanic puts a face to the vehicle and knows he may be talking with you again he is more likely to be more particular about how he performs the repairs.

 

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Darby Monroe
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Darby is always a smiling face to greet you when you arrive to the Northwest Honda service drive! She was born and raised here in Bellingham, WA. She has worked here for almost 10 years, but what is so neat, is her mother worked her for 25 years before her and she has very fond memories of walking here from Whatcom Middle School after class was out. Her first car was a 1987 Honda Prelude and her favorite now is the Honda Pilot. Darby enjoys any and all things outdoors especially camping with friends. Customer service is her big focus at work because she enjoys that the most! As for which movie she likes best, there are too many to decide, but anything scary or dramatic works for her! You might see Darby out enjoying the summer sunshine at the Hannegan Speedway.


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Bruce King
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Bruce was born and raised in Virgina. He attended college at The Utah State University. His previous jobs include a lot of lanscaping then 26 total years as a service adviser split between Nissan and Northwest Honda. He has spent the last 13 years helping our customers with the servicing of their automobile. His main hobby is hanging out with his wife and 3 kids. Family is the most important thing to him and spends most of his time on their local acreage enjoying their lake views.


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