Finding an honest mechanic does not have to be difficult if you know what to look for, what questions to ask and where to find information about a certain mechanic from. Follow these tips and you are sure to find a mechanic who does quality at an affordable price. 
1. Ask questions. If your mechanic begins to describe something that you don't understand, ask him to explain it in an easy to understand way. A high-quality mechanic will be able to thoroughly explain why a repair needs to be done.
2. Compare prices using the internet. Check for the average price of parts and labor the repair you need done. You can visit http://repairpal.com/ and enter your vehicle information and the repair needed and it will give you the average price for the service as well as advice on the repair.
3. Check out the mechanic's credentials. Some of the affiliations include the ASA-certification, the Better Business Bureau, and AAA. Other designations such as Carquest Tech-net or NAPA Autocare programs have codes and requirements that mechanics must follow.
4. Find out if the mechanic offers a warranty for any work completed. If so, you can rest assured that he will stand behind his work. To help protect yourself even further, ask for the warranty in writing.
5. Pay attention to how you are treated when you enter the building. Were you quickly greeted? Were your questions answered?
6. Avoid a dealership. Dealerships have a larger overhead and often charge more than independent shops. On average, you can save up to $300 a year by using an independent shop. 
7. Ask your friends and family for recommendations. When asking for referrals, ask specific questions, such as "How fair are the prices?", "Did you have to return to have more work done soon after the repair was made?" and "How quickly were repairs done?"
8. Have a small repair, such as an oil change, done before your car needs are larger repair. After the repair is completed, look at your car. Were paper floor mats installed to protect your interior? Is there oil or grease on your car's exterior? If so, the mechanic was either rushed or does not care about the job.