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.
What People Say About Us
Could not be more pleased with the service here. These guys are very thorough. They pay attention to what you ask for, and take the time to communicate clearly what they find, and what they suggest. Also, I love the fact that they are honest about what they know for sure, and what they can't know for sure without further investigation (taking things apart). Professional, knowledgeable, and honest.
We have found Fritz, Steven and Alex friendly, and helpful in keeping our 1996 Honda on the road. They are competent and efficient and prices are reasonable. They make the extra effort in finding the parts needed, that others may not have in stock. When we have to leave the car for the day, it is nice we can borrow their loaner car. the staff care for our car, as if it was their car. We do not trust our car with anyone else, but Precision Import.
We brought our Acura in recently for its 80K mile check. As usual our car was worked on immediately, and within an hour, the service was completed and we were on our way. We have been taking our Honda's and Acura's to Precision Import for 20+ years because we appreciate their efficient, expert, and honest service. They will tell you what work needs to be done now and what may be coming up but not needed immediately. They never try to push unnecessary service items as many dealers are prone to do. We highly recommend them.
I've gone to these guys 3 times and they treated me right. Very transparent about the work that they are doing.
I've been using the shop for years and will continue to do so until Fritz hangs it up. Auto repair shops in general have a bad reputation for ripping off customers but I have no hesitation in handing my keys over and tell them to fix whatever they need to. Most recently I was contacted after the repair to make sure everything was okay. I don't get this treatment from my doctor. My folks now take their cars here too and are very happy as well.
Great service at reasonable prices.