Do National Certifications Like ASE Really Matter? You Bet They Do!

Natalie Josef
May 1, 2012

As a society, we have come to trust the opinions of organizations like AAA, Consumer Reports, and Kelley Blue Book. In the automotive repair industry, having national certifications is a strong symbol of approval.

For example, to become an ASE Master Technician, a technician must pass all eight of the ASE automotive certification tests and have the required work experience. And to be an ASE Blue Seal Certified Facility, at least 75 percent of the shop’s technicians must be ASE certified in each area of service they provide.

For example, one RepairPal Top Shop, Convoy Auto Repair in San Diego, is 1 out of only 148 ASE Blue Seal Certified Facilities in California. Wouldn't you want to take your car to a shop like that?

There are many certifications and industry affiliations that illustrate a shop’s commitment to quality and excellence. Here are some of the national affiliations you should look out for:

American Automobile Association (AAA)

The American Automobile Association (AAA) offers a wide array of automobile, travel, insurance, and financial services and is the largest provider of emergency road services in the world. Founded in 1900, AAA is a not-for-profit, fully tax-paying federation of fifty-seven motor clubs serving more than 52 million members throughout the U.S.

National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) works to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service by testing and certifying automotive professionals. Today, more than 350,000 professionals hold ASE certifications, and work in every part of the automotive service industry. This nationwide organization was founded in 1972.

Bosch Service Network

The Bosch Service network is a collection of the top independent repair centers, servicing gasoline, diesel, and hybrid-driven vehicles. Bosch Service centers receive quality parts, diagnostic and wheel service equipment, and training from Bosch, the largest original-equipment parts manufacturer in the world.

Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA)

The AAIA is a not-for-profit trade association for the automotive aftermarket that represents suppliers, distributors, retailers, service providers, educators, and publishers. Its 23,000 members manufacture, distribute, sell, and install vehicle parts, tools, accessories, equipment, materials, supplies, and services. AAIA was founded in 1999.

NAPA Auto Care Center

Founded in 1925, NAPA was created to meet America’s growing need for an effective auto parts distribution system. NAPA has 6,000 Auto Parts stores, 69 Distribution Centers, 13,000 affiliated NAPA AutoCare repair facilities, over 320,000 parts in inventory every day, and ASE-Certified Parts Professionals.

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Natalie Josef

About the Author

Natalie Josef is an automotive expert at RepairPal, the leading online source of auto repair resources and estimates. With many ASE Master certified mechanics on staff who have decades of experience, RepairPal knows all the fine points of car repair.

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