How do I "get my foot in the door" so to speak to become a mechanic. I don't seem to be having any luck, Every shop here in stupid NY wants ase certification I could go to a community college but it's expensive, I was thinking of just getting a job at valvoline and getting certified that way.
Work your way up
sure, try that. Certification is just a paper joke anyway. You learn by actually working and fixing stuff as an apprentice.