I got in a car accident a little over three years ago, and nearly totaled my car. It was in the shop for a month and had a bunch of work done to it. Just about everyone told me my car would never drive the same…no matter how good the mechanics were that worked on it. Luckily, I’ve had no major issues over the last couple years.
I’d be stupid, however, to think that this trend will continue. In fact, I’ve had a few hiccups. About two years ago I drove over a nail and had to have my front tire patched. Crazy thing is, Discount Tires apparently patches tires for free…even if you didn’t buy your tires from them (SWEET!). And then there was the time I backed up near a pole and completely ripped off my passenger side mirror. I called the dealership to get a quote for replacement and was told it would cost $400. After a little internet research, I bought the side mirror online (paid $180) and watched a 3min YouTube video on how to install it. Five minutes later I had myself a new mirror for less than half the price of what the dealership was going to charge me.
For the first time, however, I think I finally have to take good ol Winn Dixie in for some work. She seems to have lost her voice…aka her horn doesn’t make noise. It wasn’t a huge surprise, though, as it sounded pretty wheezy over the last 12 months. Sadly, it wheezes no more. I tried to fix it myself (thought maybe it was a blown fuse…it’s not), but have to admit the problem is above my limited mechanical knowledge.
There is no way in H-E-Double-Hockey-Sticks I’m gonna get my horn fixed through the dealership. They’ll charge me an arm, a leg, and probably my left nipple, for what costs them a few bucks. Once I move to Seattle, I plan to find a mechanic. Not just any mechanic, but MY mechanic.
I want to treat my car like I do my teeth. I don’t just take my dental problems to anyone. No, I’ve been taking ’em to the same dentist for years. My car should be no different. I want to find a mechanic that I can get to know on a personal and professional level. One that has my (and my cars) best interest in mind. One that will take the time to explain to me what work NEEDS to be done, and what doesn’t. Do those types of mechanics exist, or are they fictional creatures…like this unicorn man…
As soon as I get settled in Seattle, it’s time for me to find a mechanic. Problem is, I don’t really know how to go about doing that. I know a few of my friends have mechanics they swear by. I suppose I’ll start there and see what comes of it.
Do you have a mechanic? How’d you find him? How do you know when someone is being honest as opposed to trying to bleed you dry? Why the heck is car maintenance so intimidating!?
p.s. Did you notice I made some changes to PDITF over the weekend… What would you want the stick figure persons in the banner saying to each other?