Both a mobile mechanic and workshop mechanic do many of the same services. They each have the same qualifications being that of a professional automotive mechanic. They work on vehicles, service and repair vehicles and can run diagnostics. They are able to handle a wide range of services. They each work with automotive tools. The biggest difference between a mobile mechanic and workshop mechanic are where they actually work. A mobile mechanic will work wherever with their truck or van will take them, and a workshop mechanic works within a stationary shop.
A mobile mechanic travels in a truck or van. They go to wherever needed to work on vehicles for either repairs or services. They carry with them all the automotive tools necessary to make such repairs and services. They even carry a computer diagnostic device that allows them to hook into the vehicles computer to run a diagnostics to figure out what the issue is. They are qualified to do the repairs or services. They will come to the vehicle, whether it is stranded on the side of the road or if it is parked at home in a driveway or in a parking lot.
Mobile mechanics also act to deliver emergency roadside assistance, normally twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. They are a great service for people who do not have emergency roadside protection, because they allow you to call and pay as you go, paying for the services used, instead of a monthly fee like conventional emergency roadside assistance. They can perform most repairs on the roadside, or get the vehicle drivable enough to go to a shop if it needs to be lifted for repairs. They will also perform everyday services like oil changes and tune-ups right where your vehicle sits. While emergency roadside services are available at all times, routine maintenance services may need to be scheduled.
Workshop mechanics work from a brick and mortar shop building. They are able to do a wide range of repairs and services, including more than a mobile mechanic because they can work on vehicles that need a lift rack. Most require appointments though and they have a waiting room for those who do not have a ride. They are able to replace engines and transmissions, something a mobile mechanic is not able to perform. They do routine services and if a vehicle is towed can do emergency repairs too.