If you are working on a custom build for your car, whether you are starting from the beginning or planning upgrades on a long term project, you may want to engage the services of a mechanic at some point. A mechanic can help you with the more technical aspects of a job, provide insight and advice into the best parts, such as tires, to buy and act as a sounding board for your ideas. However, choosing a mechanic for custom work requires a different skillet to someone who you go to for everyday repairs. While many mechanics will be able to do both, you want to make sure the mechanic you go has an understanding of why you are so passionate about your vehicle.
When selecting the right person for your job, there are a few key traits you should look out for. This will ensure that your passion project is not only technically successful but is also a rewarding and memorable experience. Here are three things to look out for.
They understand your passion, and share it
Not only should the mechanic you work with understand why you care so much about getting the perfect tires, they should also feel that same passion themselves about working on cars. The advantage for you is that it then becomes a partnership, with each person on the team as excited as the other about getting everything exactly right. There is nothing quite so disappointing as working with someone who makes you feel like your custom auto project is just another run of the mill job. You are likely to want to do much more exciting work than the average customer so they in turn should feel more excited about the work.
They have a wide range of auto knowledge
Whether that is knowing the tire brand for optimum off road performance, or which size wheels will give you the best drift, you are going to need a mechanic with a superior range of vehicle and part knowledge compared to the standard mechanic. Make sure they have worked on similar projects before, and ask for their initial ideas to get a grasp on the type of experience they have.
A good range of industry contacts
Hiring a mechanic who can get the job done is one thing, but it is a huge bonus if they also know paint job specialists and those who work in lighting or audio work. If you are going for a highly specialised car, they can get you in touch with the right people for the entire job.