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.
My father took all our vehicles here since I was a kid and I?ve continued the tradition to this day. John, Larry and now Bjarne are and always have been those local trustworthy mechanics you want to do business with. They fix in a timely manner, have been honest when it?s not worth fixing, and are always sure to do the job right. From fixing my car to providing tips and advice when I wanted to do it myself, these guys are the best. Always bring you car here!
My Wife and I have been going to Royal Auto Repair for at least several years now. John has always been professional and is very knowledgeable about cars & trucks. We have always been treated well there and his honest no nonsense approach is refreshing. We look forward to bringing our vehicles in there regularly.
John just replaced the engine on our 2004 Camry. He has taken care of our car for the last seven years and we could not be happier. We look forward to another 250,000 miles on our car!
Great guys, great service, honest work. The kind of people you want to work with, you won't find a shop with guys as great as these any more
Awesome repair shop!!!
This is a great place to bring your your car John is honest and reliable
My family has been bringing their cars here for years. John is very honest and fair, and if something goes wrong, he'll do what he can to make it right. That is extremely rare as far as mechanics go. Those reasons are why I'll continue to bring my car here.