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AUTO SERVICE PLUS

TECHNICIAN CERTIFICATION

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.

ASSOCIATIONS

  • IDENTIFIX
  • Jasper
  • AAA Approved Auto Repair
  • ALL-DATA
  • Car Care Aware

Testimonials

  • The guys are honest and get the work done in a timely manner.
    -Spencer M.

  • Booked the appointment, and was taken in almost immediately. Staff was friendly and courteous. Did the work in a timely fashion, and warned me of impending maintenance work. Worked up a quote for the work within 30 minutes. Returned the vehicle in the condition dropped it off - meaning that they didn't leave any evidence of their work in/on the vehicle. Overall excellent experience and will use their services again. I will recommend it to others who ask.
    -Seth S.

  • Always willing to work with you. You can purchase your own parts and they'll put them on. Love having access to loaner cars.
    -Julie L.

  • Great service!
    -Bill B.

  • Fantastic, great service and friendly, honest, helpful people. Will be going back.
    -Jacob G.

  • Great service and the crew there is always honest and reliable.
    -James H.

  • Excellent service! Vandervort Service Center solved an electrical problem that another shop misdiagnosed and couldn't resolve. Vandervort's fixed it in one hour! Thanks so much!!!
    -Joshua S.

  • Friendly, courteous and advised quickly of what was needed to make repairs and the cost.
    -Paula and Phillip S.

  • The people!!!! The coffee is good too.
    -David S.

  • My first time with this service station. They got my vehicle in on time and were very pleasant. I will be going here again.
    -Robert C.

  • I was pleased with the prompt manner my car was worked on. The courtesy vehicle was very helpful & I feel like I was treated with honesty & fairness.
    -Elizabeth R.

  • I can always get a timely appointment which they honor. Never have to wait long.
    -Jennifer and John W.

  • know taking my car to Vandervort's, it will get complete service without any unnecessary "extras" cropping up unexpectedly. Their talented staff do great work and are very personable. LOVE that there is a loaner available too.
    -Larry and Georgia B.

  • Highly recommend. Honest and reputable service.
    -Cassandra B.

  • The business always does a good job and they are very pleasant. They explained things to her after the repairs were done and she would recommend them to anybody who wants to buy a vehicle or have service done.
    -Eliz S.

  • Thanks for getting us in... I feel much better now that the car has been looked and inspected... and it is ready to go!
    -Ted and Susan F.

  • Sean was great as always. He kept me involved in the process the whole way. I've been going to Vandervorts for the past 15 years.
    -Shannon M.

  • They are up front and he appreciates their honesty. I have been going to this business for decades because they do great work. I have a good relationship with the business because I can trust them.
    -Bill D.

  • They got me in early for my appointment and out in a timely manner. Great place to do business!
    -Linda & Erin O.

  • Once again they gave me great service. It has always been a pleasure doing business there.
    -Douglas P.

  • My husband and I were very satisfied with the work done on my Pontiac and the same day service was wonderful. We need some more minor work done and return in August. You can trust this business to do a good and expeditious job.
    -Dick B.

  • Very thorough, took the time to diagnose what the exact problem was, high quality work, and great customer service.
    -Cynthia M.

  • You guys are great! I will never bring my car for service anywhere else! You are the only people I trust with my car. You are all experienced and know what your doing. Very comfortable atmosphere! Thank You!
    -Carol F.

  • My first time with this service station. They got my vehicle in on time and were very pleasant. I will be going here again.
    -Robert C.

  • I was impressed with the service and the use of technology (Email) to communicate with customers. I like the rebate for every $400 spent. Service was prompt and courteous. A much better experience than at the dealer's service shop I was previously using.
    -Peter W

  • Always on time and waiting at the station is always pleasant as can be. On my last visit, the air conditioner was turned down because I'm such a sissy. As always, thanks guys.
    -Bette I

  • Got me going again. I can always depend on Cliff & the guys for fast, dependable service to my old bucket of bolts.
    -Scott S