Security means the best, unmatched warranty in the auto service and repair industry today. Our 2 years/24 month warranty on both parts and service even exceeds dealers! Below is a list of our affiliations and certifications.
Larry’s Independent is recognized for our efforts to reduce the generation of hazardous waste by using environmentally-friendly techniques in the auto repair industry!
The Green Station Recognition Program, which is administered by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) in cooperation with the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR), is designed to recognize automotive repair shops and Smog Check stations that engage in environmentally friendly practices as part of their normal business.
These practices range from recycling used oil and coolants to using water-based parts cleaners instead of solvents.
Until the early 1970’s, 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 about 438,000 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, and parts specialists, and collision damage estimators. 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 about 800 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 yard stick 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 technicians usually wear blue and white ASE shoulder 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.
ASE Code of Ethics
The Automotive Service Councils of California, is an association primarily comprised of independently-owned automotive repair facilities, it exists to promote the continuing success of its members and to advance the professionalism of the automotive industry.
Repair shops that become members of ASC-CA are expected to abide by the following code of ethics:
- To promote good will between the motorist and the industry.
- To have a sense of personal obligation to each individual customer.
- To perform high quality repair service at a fair and just price.
- To employ the best skilled personnel obtainable.
- To use only proven merchandise of high quality distributed by reputable firms.
- To itemize all parts and adjustments in the price charged for service rendered.
- To retain all parts replaced for customer inspection, if so requested.
- To uphold the high standards of our profession and always seek to correct any and all abuses within the automotive industry.
- To uphold the integrity of all members.
- To refrain from advertisement which is false or misleading or likely to confuse or deceive the customer.