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Last friday my car got towed into the mechanic. they told me that they would be willing to fix it and wait for me to pay on the first when I get my check........that was a week ago, and they have still not fixed it.

I had already paid some in advance too.....................GRRRRR
 

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And the money they charge is exponential^*. If you find a good one they cost even more but are worth it for the trustworthyness. I've been going to a small exhaust shop and the guy does some tough jobs for less then the price of store bought parts, and has a sense of humor-bring cash!
 

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ok maybe it was not so bad afterall.

he finally fixed the car today after I went in and paid for all the repairs in advance and then he found out that it was the fuel line and not the fuel pump that was bad. So I actually got some money back along witht he car, but it is running a little rougher on idle now.

See that is why i hate mechanics, i am afraid that he has messwith something else to make it a problem later on down the line. not to mention that it still cost me well over 200 dollars to fix what he did fix.

But hey at least I have my car today and it is running now.
 

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My family always bring their cars to Chinatown to get it fixed...

They say people who are born in America don't make good mechanics....... 8O 8O 8O

I wonder if immigrants have better work ethics (legal immigrants, of course...I get upset when illegal immigrants try to take the things legal immigrants work their entire lives for)
 

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Okay, I confess, I have a 2yr degree in automechanics. Hated the job, $5.50 an hour, back in '92. That's why if you find a good mechanic your gonna pay. Most places that don't pay enough won't attract the good talent. I went to school with a guy from Korea and he was an absolutely gifted talent and works for one of the dealer ships in town. And the guys from Mexico are also doing fabulous things with their cars around here.

My brother also is a mechanic at Sears. About $9 an hour plus commision if he works fast. He's good and fast and make almost $20 an hour on the average, but constantly skips his breaks including lunch.

I'm halfway to a 4 yr couputer science degree because I didn't like to get my hands dirty and when I started out the pay was low. I have had three flat tires this summer. Because school has once again taken all my $, I do mostly my own work on my 2 X $400 cars, praying they get me through school.
 

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I just take my car to the dealer. It's really not much more expensive, and they have a reputation to protect, so they are less likely to try to scam you.
With my old car, I took it in for some repairs and told them I thought it needed new brakes, probably a new muffler, and a few other things. It turned out the only thing it needed was new brakes. They DEFINATLY got my return business, they really could have scammed me.

Now, Jiffy Lube, don't get me started........

Jennifer
 

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Zoeae, I'm glad your car finally got fixed. You must be so relieved!

On the subject of mechanics, I love mine!! They know me by name and never rip me off. Mine came in on a Saturday to finish my car when it broke down unexpectedly. They knew that I had committed to take my daughter on a Girl Scout trip that day and got the car finished an hour before we were to leave. Fabulous!!

I have not had a good expereince with the dealers around here. When I first got my car, it was off-lease with 27,000 miles on it. I took it in to the dealer for an oil change, and they wanted me to leave it to do $600 worth of maintenance work! The car was practically new!

The local garage checked the car and only charged me about $75 to replace the things that needed it. They have fixed it for me ever since, and the car has 133,000 miles on it now.
 

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We haven't had a need for a mechanic for a while. Both of our vehicles are new-ish (2002 and 2004) so we just do preventive maintenance and my hubby 'can' do that (when he wants to). :roll:

Glad you got your car fixed! It can be a real pain in the 'rear'...I had nothing but used cars until the 2002, and always needed some sort of mechanic work. Ugh!

Okay, dumb joke my 14 y.o. daughter told me...no offense to blondes. You can use anything you like for blonde, but I won't use Aggie out of respect for Shengmei :wink:

The 'blonde' was worried that her mechanic was going over-charge her by doing work on her car that wasn't needed. She was relieved when he told her that all her car needed was new brake light fluid. :wink:

I worked with a 'dumb brunette' in an office a few years ago. One of the guys in the field was known for practical jokes, especially on this woman - she was very gullible. He asked her when she last had the air changed in her tires. She didn't know (of course). He warned her that not replacing the air once a year would cause the rubber to dry-rot. She ran straight to the tire service center our company used and insisted that they change the air for her. :lol: Wish I had been there to see the service guys' faces.
 

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Zoeae, I'm glad your car finally got fixed. You must be so relieved!
Oh yes I am, can you believe after all this time it was just that the fuel line was kinked and it wsa not allowing the fuel to the engine?

I have no clue how that could have happened, but at least I know it won't happen again. He replaced the hose that someone else had used to fix it with a hard line like it should have had.

I definately think he was a mechanic that knew what he was doing to a point, but still is trying to scam people in a way because of these things.

1. he would not do the work until paid for in advance

2. he only did a computer diagnostic and not a visual inspection on the car or else he would have known about the fuel line in the first place.

3. he cannot tell me how much it is for a tune up and oil change, that is a pretty standard procedure, and I already know what parts I need for the car................
 

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EXCUSE ME but this must be a "Chick" problem because I NEVER have problems at my Mechanics Shop.(Yeah yeah yeah, you can only hang me once folks for the chick comment) :lol: :lol: As a good CONSUMER it really is YOUR responsibility to RESEARCH the shop PRIOR to ANY repair woirk being done. Sure there are good and bad shops but that is why you RESEARCH THEM FIRST so that you do not get taken for a ride. IMO

Ciao!! (Ok, I better duck now) :lol:
 

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uhmmm, Clint?

There are some *ahem* 'chicks' (we prefer the term ladies or better yet: godesses or "Clint's masters") :worship After all, we 'chicks' can usually get a man to do stuff for us, so why bother to learn? :wink: *Just kidding, everyone!*

Actually, there are a lot of women who are very capable of knowing as much, if not more than the average man knows in regards to mechanics.

I am not terribly with capable mechanics, but know what many of the problems are/probably are based on the way the car is acting. I just don't know how to fix it...but, I do know how to flirt and that usually gets me a discount! :wiggle (just kidding)

Back to the chick insult: I could probably name dozens of things that women are far more capable of than most men. I won't bother you with that here now, but if you would like me to list them, I'll be sure to send a p.m. 8)

But, I would love to know if you have a wife or girlfriend. I would like to forward this to her...I'll bet she knows how to make a grown man beg and cry :cry: ...for what? I'll leave that to your imagination!
 

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Brynn said:
uhmmm, Clint?

There are some *ahem* 'chicks' (we prefer the term ladies or better yet: godesses or "Clint's masters") :worship After all, we 'chicks' can usually get a man to do stuff for us, so why bother to learn? :wink: *Just kidding, everyone!*

Actually, there are a lot of women who are very capable of knowing as much, if not more than the average man knows in regards to mechanics.

I am not terribly with capable mechanics, but know what many of the problems are/probably are based on the way the car is acting. I just don't know how to fix it...but, I do know how to flirt and that usually gets me a discount! :wiggle (just kidding)

Back to the chick insult: I could probably name dozens of things that women are far more capable of than most men. I won't bother you with that here now, but if you would like me to list them, I'll be sure to send a p.m. 8)

But, I would love to know if you have a wife or girlfriend. I would like to forward this to her...I'll bet she knows how to make a grown man beg and cry :cry: ...for what? I'll leave that to your imagination!
SURE, send me the list! I LOVE some light reading! :lol:

And as far as my significant other goes, well, hmmm, she's at work right now and you can't talk to her!!!
 

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My advice with mechanics is once you find a good one, hang on to him!

I've got a really good one, he's honest and does a real good job. The only problem is that his labor charges are pretty expensive. Although in many cases I believe you get what you pay for, and that holds true with this mechanic.

Beware though, expensive doesn't always mean quality.
 
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