January 18, 2022

Top auto mechanics would pick a Chevy

WASHINGTON — Given the choice of owning any car in the world, which one would America’s top automobile mechanics pick?

Lexus … BMW … Mercedes-Benz … Rolls Royce?

Guess again. Chevrolet was the first choice, followed by Ford, in a recent survey of “master automobile technicians” certified by Automotive Service Excellence.

“I was surprised at the strength of the American nameplate. We know there had been improvements in quality. It’s clear that these technicians who understand cars have picked up on that,” said Ronald Weiner, president of ASE.

Weiner said the automobile technicians surveyed tended to be quite conservative in their choice of a personal vehicle.

“There were a few who said they wanted a Corvette, but not many who chose the so-called prestige cars,” he said.

Eighty-five percent of the master mechanics concluded that improvements in quality, technology and reliability have made U.S. vehicles a much better product than just a few years ago. About 50 percent of the mechanics said the quality of imported vehicles had not improved during the same period.

General Motor’s products were ranked as the most-improved by about one-third of the mechanics, followed by Ford, 24 percent, and Chrysler, 22 percent.

On the question of which car they would most like to own, 70 percent chose domestic models. Chevrolet led, with 20 percent; followed by Ford, 10 percent; and Dodge, 9 percent. Mechanics, who more than any other occupational class realize the cost of maintaining an automobile, gave the luxury and exotic vehicles the lowest scores.

“Nobody knows cars better than ASE master technicians — they’re the best of the best,” Weiner said. “The fact that they have such positive opinions about today’s vehicles should be very good news for consumers.”

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