What’s the difference between a mechanic and a technician?

Remember when ‘mechanic’ was a dirty word? A mechanic would typically be portrayed with grease down their overalls, they used to fix cars with little or no explanation about the work they were carrying out and drank more cups of tea than they actually serviced vehicles. We’re changing that.

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In fact, times have moved on so much since the days of the ‘greasy mechanic’ that we don’t even call them mechanics anymore – they are technicians. Why? Because ‘mechanic’ just doesn’t do them justice any more. Vehicles have moved on at lightening pace over the last few years. Electrics have become more complicated, engines are more sophisticated and often, a simple toolkit just doesn’t suffice. Today, garages need diagnostic equipment and access to the latest technical training courses.  At Trust My Garage, we make sure that all our members employ fully trained, professional technicians to service your vehicle. In fact, we have recently successfully delivered over 1,000 hybrid vehicle courses to our member base.

A mechanic can be anyone, certified or not. They often throw parts at a problem and hope it resolves an issue, whereas a technician is certified and utilises their training and extensive knowledge and experience to diagnose and pinpoint a problem, whether mechanical or electrical, ensuring that your vehicle remains safe on the road.

At Trust My Garage, we make sure all our garages are trusted to work to high standards, use up-to-date technical information, techniques and tooling in every service, and achieve key industry standards set by the RMI. We make sure they are transparent on their pricing and treat you as a valued customer, every time you visit.  We want to make sure that whenever you visit one of our member garages, you receive a service so honest, professional and friendly that you go back again and again for your services, general maintenance and repairs.

Just to put into perspective the way that we have moved the motor industry forward in recent years, below are five typical connotations of a mechanic and five genuine traits of technicians. Which one would you want looking after your vehicle?

Typically, a mechanic would:

5. Throw multiple spare parts at a problem until they came up with a quick and easy fix – usually cheap “pattern” parts of dubious quality but high profit margin

4. Have the opening line ‘I can fix it, but it’s going to cost you’, no matter what the problem was – usually accompanied by a sharp intake of breath!

3. Have a shaved head, but don’t be fooled; this isn’t to keep up with the latest catwalk trend, but it’s quicker to wash the grease out like that

2. Not have “nice” clothes, as everything on a mechanic is stained heavily with oil- much to the dismay of their washing machine and the customer’s car

1. Measure time in cups of tea, and a mechanic can’t possibly start until the first cup has been drunk

An Automotive Technician….

5. Has clean clothes all the time because they protect themselves and your car with  clean overalls, wing covers and seat covers – treating you and your car with respect

4. Views “can you fix this?” as a fresh new challenge, rather than a question

3. Identifies faults by using a logical process and sophisticated equipment supported by a significant investment in technical training and personal development – and explains in detail to you what the problems with your vehicle are before carrying out any work

2. Is completely transparent about pricing and quotes for any work before they undertake it. Will always offer you a choice of genuine manufacturer parts or “matching quality” parts from a reputable supplier

1. Can be trusted to provide you with an honest and professional service, every time you visit them

To find a technician you can trust to look after your vehicle, look out for the Trust My Garage shield. Enter your postcode on our website today.

About trustmygarage

TRUST MY GARAGE (TMG) is a scheme developed for independent garages by the Independent Garage Association (IGA) to recognise the high standards of independent garages throughout the UK.

Posted on March 18, 2014, in car maintenance, Motoring, Trust My Garage and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Brilliant post! couldn’t agree more, cars have advanced so much that mechanics now have to become technicians and advance their skill set and because of this natural advancement, far more “mechanics” are i agree increasingly trustworthy

  2. Mighty Ananekumah

    thank you very much for the explanations you’ve given us am really blessed with it my question is im also technicians and will like to be trained with hybrid vehicles can i have help
    thanks again

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