Monday, March 06, 2006


Stop me if you've heard this one.

A guy brings his car into the shop with engine trouble. The mechanic says, "No problem, we just need to replace this one part and you will be on your way!" After hearing the estimate, the man is a little taken back, but reluctantly agrees to move forward with the proposed work. A day after the work is complete the check engine light comes on and the owner of the vehicle realizes that nothing has been fixed. He goes back to the mechanic. The mechanic says, "No problem, we just need to replace this one part and you will be on your way!" After hearing the estimate, the man is enraged, is able to get the repairs done for 1/2 of parts and free labor, and walks away swearing to never do business with said mechanic again.

Yeah, last week hurt.


Blogger -Lisa- said...

AW Man... I heard the story from our friend Brooke... after I told him of how I HATE going to the mechanic! I wish I knew one well.

I went there and knew it was my thermostat that needed to be replaced, but of course they say... oh, did you know you need this at this many miles and blah blah... I told them to hold on, so I called my dad to see if it was something he could do, and he could. But, the auto guy made me feel like an idiot because I wasn't sure I wanted THEM to do it. If I can save money on labor, sure as heck gonna!

SO... my situation doesn't completely relate... but I DO understand the pangs of the auto shop... and wishing I knew more about cars!

have a good week!!

3/06/2006 11:10 PM  
Blogger david said...

Thanks for feeling my pain! Why do cars have to have so many moving parts? I never have that much trouble with my computer!

I called my Dad too. He knows a bit more about cars than myself. I just called him too late. I guess with every dollar spent I learn a little more.... the hard way.

3/07/2006 8:59 PM  
Blogger Karin said...

I've felt that pain too. Twice. One time I had to buy the second part full cost (leaking anti-freeze). The other time I was quite vocal and got the services for free the second time. I had to buy a new tire for a puncture in the sidewall. Two days later the new tire had a leak in the sidewall again and they wanted me to pay full price for another new tire. Fat chance - got my tire for free :)

My new car has an all-inclusive maintenance plan for the next 4 years so that should save me the agitation at least for a while...

3/08/2006 10:18 AM  
Anonymous Zaphod said...

Hey Dave... hear about the time I had the engine in my van fixed 3 times (engine work can not be done for under 800 to 1000 dollars it seems) and when it broke down the fourth time I took it to a different mechanic who told me, no joke, the engine that was currently in my van was not the original one, but had been replaced with an engine for a small two door hatchback? True story. Or how about the time I was told one of my cars was not worth fixing, and they would be kind enough to recycle it for me for a small fee. I agreed, only to be driving by a week later to actually see them with the garage door to their shop open, and lo and behold, there is my car with the hood up and a mechanic with his greasy but in the air tinkering with it. Or how about the fact that my wife's car worked flawlessly for almost 2 years, went in for a minor repair, and has now been in the shop 3 times in the last two months? Coincidence? You tell me.

3/09/2006 9:40 AM  
Blogger Yellek said...

Hello. I randomly surfed in (well, it wasn't quite so random but the convoluted way I got here is too difficult to explain for my addled brain this afternoon) and was enjoying your blog. I take a sort of perverted pleasure in reading about strangers lives. Kind of like a peeping tom without the legal ramifications....Anyway, I don't have anything to contribute other than
my mutual dislike/distrust of mechanics. Last time I took my car in for a "tune-up" the bill was to the tune of about $1200.00 - I feel your pain.

3/10/2006 12:01 PM  
Blogger david said...

Zaphod - I do remember that! What a strange thing for someone to do. If I ever buy a SUV I'll remember not to replace the engine with that of a Geo Metro.

Yellek - Always good to have the random strangely twisted stop in for a read. Welcome to the family!

3/13/2006 9:33 PM  

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