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Koffla 64M  
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5/23/2020 3:53 am
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Koffla 64M  
96 posts
5/23/2020 3:54 am

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CarolinaPanthera 58F
3993 posts
5/23/2020 6:44 am

I have mechanics in the family, so over the years, I've been fortunate enough to have my youngest Son fix my cars. I paid him what I thought was pretty good though. I have a fairly new Chevrolet now, so other than the basic stuff, I've not had anything else done to it. I guess I'll keep taking it to the dealership for other stuff too. For many years I've owned 3 cars. I couldn't bear to part with them. I analyzed my problem with being so attached, and all I came up with was, they were all cars I bought after my divorce, and paid for myself. In my mind, it makes sense, so I stuck with it. I finally let one of them go, but I still have two.


Koffla 64M  
96 posts
5/23/2020 7:36 am

    Quoting CarolinaPanthera:
    I have mechanics in the family, so over the years, I've been fortunate enough to have my youngest Son fix my cars. I paid him what I thought was pretty good though. I have a fairly new Chevrolet now, so other than the basic stuff, I've not had anything else done to it. I guess I'll keep taking it to the dealership for other stuff too. For many years I've owned 3 cars. I couldn't bear to part with them. I analyzed my problem with being so attached, and all I came up with was, they were all cars I bought after my divorce, and paid for myself. In my mind, it makes sense, so I stuck with it. I finally let one of them go, but I still have two.
CarolinaPanthera :
Automotive and motorcycle repairs can be expensive. I grew up with motorcycles so I personally don't like cars. I've been riding bikes since I was in high school.

Got involved in the motorcycle industry after getting ripped-off by the local motorcycle dealership. That day I decided to do my own motorcycle repairs, and it became my career for the first half of my working life. Currently own two bikes, my Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14, and a vintage 1978 Kawasaki KZ-1000 that I am currently in the process of restoring.

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Koffla 64M  
96 posts
5/23/2020 7:47 am

    Quoting CarolinaPanthera:
    I have mechanics in the family, so over the years, I've been fortunate enough to have my youngest Son fix my cars. I paid him what I thought was pretty good though. I have a fairly new Chevrolet now, so other than the basic stuff, I've not had anything else done to it. I guess I'll keep taking it to the dealership for other stuff too. For many years I've owned 3 cars. I couldn't bear to part with them. I analyzed my problem with being so attached, and all I came up with was, they were all cars I bought after my divorce, and paid for myself. In my mind, it makes sense, so I stuck with it. I finally let one of them go, but I still have two.
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CarolinaPanthera :
By the way, having a family member doing your repairs can be a blessing!



bijou649 70F
1196 posts
5/23/2020 8:16 am

Years ago my cute little sportscar conked out and I asked the tow truck driver to tow it to any nearby garage. Big mistake. The mechanic said I'd have to leave it for a couple of days as they had to order some part. I know nothing about cars so I just have to take their word. All went well and got the car back after a couple of days. A couple of months later I got a Summons in the mail for unpaid parking ticket, then another Summons came, then another, all for unpaid parking tickets in some other city. I went to City Hall and told them I'd never even been in that city. Then I looked at the dates on the original tickets....OMG all the tickets were on the dates I had left my car at that mechanic. Instead of fixing my car, he was driving around to another city in my car and parking it in no parking zones. City Hall said I was still responsible for all the charges. I went back to that shady garage to demand all the money I had to pay for the tickets, and they were closed down. Out of Business.


Koffla 64M  
96 posts
5/23/2020 8:37 am

    Quoting bijou649:
    Years ago my cute little sportscar conked out and I asked the tow truck driver to tow it to any nearby garage. Big mistake. The mechanic said I'd have to leave it for a couple of days as they had to order some part. I know nothing about cars so I just have to take their word. All went well and got the car back after a couple of days. A couple of months later I got a Summons in the mail for unpaid parking ticket, then another Summons came, then another, all for unpaid parking tickets in some other city. I went to City Hall and told them I'd never even been in that city. Then I looked at the dates on the original tickets....OMG all the tickets were on the dates I had left my car at that mechanic. Instead of fixing my car, he was driving around to another city in my car and parking it in no parking zones. City Hall said I was still responsible for all the charges. I went back to that shady garage to demand all the money I had to pay for the tickets, and they were closed down. Out of Business.
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Unbelievable, that's just terrible. Sounds like a horrible experience. Finding a mechanic you can trust is not easy, lots of unscrupulous car mechanics and disreputable repair shops are out there.


MrsJoe 72F
12638 posts
5/23/2020 8:55 am

What's also bad is when you have a place you trust, and the staff there changes. A few years ago, I had a problem with the low tire light coming after I had a tire rotation. I took it back to them, and they "checked" some things and I drove away. Within a few miles, miles it was back on, so I drove back and talked to the new man at the desk and I wasn't very nice. The mechanic followed me out to my car, and actually had the gall to ask me where the reset switch was for the light. I yelled at him, "That's supposed to be your f......g job to know!" and drove away. Got home, went on the internet, and found out that after the tire rotation, there is a certain sequence to actually reset the thing. Evidently, the staff before these knew that, because it was always done right back then. I never went back there.
It wasn't worth the chance that they might really mess something up, and the aggravation that brought out the worst in me!


Life is short and precious. Why don't we just waste it by arguing and name calling with strangers.


CarolinaPanthera 58F
3993 posts
5/23/2020 8:57 am

    Quoting Koffla:
    CarolinaPanthera :
    Automotive and motorcycle repairs can be expensive. I grew up with motorcycles so I personally don't like cars. I've been riding bikes since I was in high school.

    Got involved in the motorcycle industry after getting ripped-off by the local motorcycle dealership. That day I decided to do my own motorcycle repairs, and it became my career for the first half of my working life. Currently own two bikes, my Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14, and a vintage 1978 Kawasaki KZ-1000 that I am currently in the process of restoring.

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I've been around bikes all my life. When I was married, we always had a bike. We enjoyed riding on the Blue Ridge Parkway, or anywhere really. Any excuse to ride. I ride on the back of the street bikes, but I like to ride dirt bikes by myself. It's good that you know how to work on your own bikes. I'm sure it saves you a ton of money.


MrsJoe 72F
12638 posts
5/23/2020 9:03 am

Right now, we have two vehicles, we purchased the second one when Joe couldn't stand to get into our Highlander. Out here, two is a good idea anyway, since personal transportation is a must.
So, a couple weeks ago, the right front wheel or tire was making a strange noise. I thought it was going flat and pulled into the tire place. They said it was a brake issue and would need to be torn down before they could pinpoint the problem. It would be safe to drive home, so it's parked in the garage and we were driving the Highlander.
Two days ago, the battery light came on and I could hear a whining noise! Grrrr. Yesterday, I checked the alternator. Sure enough, that's the culprit, noise, vibration, and hot. I called two places for estimates.... one wanted $380 for the parts, the other wanted about the same for parts and labor. Some of my family uses the latter, so I was going with them but it would be late next week. I talked to my oldest daughter, and she said she could get it done this weekend. My daughter is her daddy's girl and does a lot of her own mechanical work. Her husband also does a lot of their mechanical work. Long story short, I got the part, and within two hours they had returned our vehicle.
Oh, and her husband drove our car, told me what to order and where, and said he could fix the brakes.
MADE MY DAY!!!!


Life is short and precious. Why don't we just waste it by arguing and name calling with strangers.


Koffla 64M  
96 posts
5/23/2020 9:15 am

    Quoting MrsJoe:
    What's also bad is when you have a place you trust, and the staff there changes. A few years ago, I had a problem with the low tire light coming after I had a tire rotation. I took it back to them, and they "checked" some things and I drove away. Within a few miles, miles it was back on, so I drove back and talked to the new man at the desk and I wasn't very nice. The mechanic followed me out to my car, and actually had the gall to ask me where the reset switch was for the light. I yelled at him, "That's supposed to be your f......g job to know!" and drove away. Got home, went on the internet, and found out that after the tire rotation, there is a certain sequence to actually reset the thing. Evidently, the staff before these knew that, because it was always done right back then. I never went back there.
    It wasn't worth the chance that they might really mess something up, and the aggravation that brought out the worst in me!
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MrsJoe :
I think that this is a common problem, lots of mechanics are clueless as to how to do basic repairs. This problem also happens at motorcycle dealerships. A lot of times they just replace parts, until they fix the problem. Customers always end up with an unnecessary expensive bill. It looks back on the repair show when after you paid for a repair, you can find how to fix the problem yourself going into google.


Koffla 64M  
96 posts
5/23/2020 10:13 am

    Quoting CarolinaPanthera:
    I've been around bikes all my life. When I was married, we always had a bike. We enjoyed riding on the Blue Ridge Parkway, or anywhere really. Any excuse to ride. I ride on the back of the street bikes, but I like to ride dirt bikes by myself. It's good that you know how to work on your own bikes. I'm sure it saves you a ton of money.
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CarolinaPanthera :
I forgot that you live in North Carolina. Two summers ago I spent a week at Deals Gap Motorcycle Resort (Tail of the Dragon) with a group of friends enjoying the beautiful roads of the area. I love the Great Smoky Mountains, Cherohala Skyway, Moonshiner28, etc. The place is amazing!


Koffla 64M  
96 posts
5/23/2020 10:16 am

    Quoting CarolinaPanthera:
    I've been around bikes all my life. When I was married, we always had a bike. We enjoyed riding on the Blue Ridge Parkway, or anywhere really. Any excuse to ride. I ride on the back of the street bikes, but I like to ride dirt bikes by myself. It's good that you know how to work on your own bikes. I'm sure it saves you a ton of money.

CarolinaPanthera :
I was actually not far from you when I visited Fines Creek, NC, on my way to The Rattler, another amazing ride. .

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Koffla 64M  
96 posts
5/23/2020 10:24 am

    Quoting MrsJoe:
    Right now, we have two vehicles, we purchased the second one when Joe couldn't stand to get into our Highlander. Out here, two is a good idea anyway, since personal transportation is a must.
    So, a couple weeks ago, the right front wheel or tire was making a strange noise. I thought it was going flat and pulled into the tire place. They said it was a brake issue and would need to be torn down before they could pinpoint the problem. It would be safe to drive home, so it's parked in the garage and we were driving the Highlander.
    Two days ago, the battery light came on and I could hear a whining noise! Grrrr. Yesterday, I checked the alternator. Sure enough, that's the culprit, noise, vibration, and hot. I called two places for estimates.... one wanted $380 for the parts, the other wanted about the same for parts and labor. Some of my family uses the latter, so I was going with them but it would be late next week. I talked to my oldest daughter, and she said she could get it done this weekend. My daughter is her daddy's girl and does a lot of her own mechanical work. Her husband also does a lot of their mechanical work. Long story short, I got the part, and within two hours they had returned our vehicle.
    Oh, and her husband drove our car, told me what to order and where, and said he could fix the brakes.
    MADE MY DAY!!!!
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MrsJoe :
They made your day and save you lots of money in repairs!



Maudie1 70F
5176 posts
5/23/2020 10:53 am

I don't drive or own a car, so one less problem to worry about.


Koffla 64M  
96 posts
5/23/2020 11:22 am

    Quoting Maudie1:
    I don't drive or own a car, so one less problem to worry about.
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Maudie1 :
I don't blame you. This is one of the reasons I prefer to live in a big city.
When I lived in New York, I never owned a car. Public transportation is available 24/7.




earthytaurus3 80F
41743 posts
5/23/2020 4:14 pm

I have absolute confidence in my mechanic in my small town where word gets around. He's a younger gentleman, in a wheel chair due to a motorcycle accident some years ago that left him paralyzed from the waist down. He hires the BEST mechanics and is as honest as the day is long. He has NEVER gouged me, and I never fail to extend my appreciation for that!


earthytaurus3 80F
41743 posts
5/23/2020 4:26 pm

He's a rare bird in taking pride in being honest, and makes a damned good living at it, too!

On the side, he grows organic gardens and raises unfettered beef … no hormone injections, etc.. He's a diamond in the rough.


Shartaun03 77F
3367 posts
5/23/2020 4:59 pm

I have had my share of dodo mechanics. When I bought my last car I decided to go to the dealership to have it serviced. Before that I went to a shop that a lady owned. She had opened it because she was tired of women getting ripped off because of their gender. She was great but then she had to close the shop as the owner of the property decided to sell out. I was driving an older vehicle at that time and she told me that I needed to get rid of so traded it in on a newer model. That was 6 years ago. I don't drive all that much as where I live I have everything close by and within walking distance. Not sure I am ready to give it up as yet.


hermitinthecity 66M
1588 posts
5/23/2020 8:08 pm

Up until a few years ago I've always done my own mechanical work. When it was really major I have a few friends who are mechanics so I've never really had a problem with that kind of stuff.

Last year I went to an auto electrician trying to get an analysis and costing done on a friend's old car (1987), he's on a pension and not much money. It had no spark. They said it was too old and parts were not available. He couldn't afford to buy another car. I took a gamble on it being the distributor unit, if the problem was something else in the electrical system I'd have wasted the money.

After going onto ebay I found some new individual parts at various prices, or the whole distributer set up as a unit for about $150.00 all up, everything needed so I bought it. Just reset the timing and it hasn't missed a beat. Funny thing was there were plenty of sellers, plenty were available on ebay and the auto electrician could have done what I did, charged us heaps more and we wouldn't have known as we were thinking around $300-$400 for the job and would have paid it and still been happy in our ignorance if the car ran.

Judgment Day will be interesting - and all paths lead there.


Koffla 64M  
96 posts
5/23/2020 9:33 pm

    Quoting earthytaurus3:
    I have absolute confidence in my mechanic in my small town where word gets around. He's a younger gentleman, in a wheel chair due to a motorcycle accident some years ago that left him paralyzed from the waist down. He hires the BEST mechanics and is as honest as the day is long. He has NEVER gouged me, and I never fail to extend my appreciation for that!
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Earthytaurus3 :
Well, in a small town, if anyone wants to survive as a businessman, they cannot afford but to be honest. Word does gets around pretty quick and he could lose more in the long run if he tries to gouge customers.


Koffla 64M  
96 posts
5/23/2020 9:38 pm

    Quoting earthytaurus3:
    He's a rare bird in taking pride in being honest, and makes a damned good living at it, too!

    On the side, he grows organic gardens and raises unfettered beef … no hormone injections, etc.. He's a diamond in the rough.
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Earthytaurus3 :
He sounds like my kind of guy.



Koffla 64M  
96 posts
5/23/2020 9:44 pm

    Quoting Shartaun03:
    I have had my share of dodo mechanics. When I bought my last car I decided to go to the dealership to have it serviced. Before that I went to a shop that a lady owned. She had opened it because she was tired of women getting ripped off because of their gender. She was great but then she had to close the shop as the owner of the property decided to sell out. I was driving an older vehicle at that time and she told me that I needed to get rid of so traded it in on a newer model. That was 6 years ago. I don't drive all that much as where I live I have everything close by and within walking distance. Not sure I am ready to give it up as yet.
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Shartaun03 :
A commercial lease lots of times can destroy a small business. Even some big businesses cannot afford exorbitant rent. And sometimes we held to a vehicle longer than we should, for sentimental reasons.


Koffla 64M  
96 posts
5/23/2020 10:10 pm

    Quoting hermitinthecity:
    Up until a few years ago I've always done my own mechanical work. When it was really major I have a few friends who are mechanics so I've never really had a problem with that kind of stuff.

    Last year I went to an auto electrician trying to get an analysis and costing done on a friend's old car (1987), he's on a pension and not much money. It had no spark. They said it was too old and parts were not available. He couldn't afford to buy another car. I took a gamble on it being the distributor unit, if the problem was something else in the electrical system I'd have wasted the money.

    After going onto ebay I found some new individual parts at various prices, or the whole distributer set up as a unit for about $150.00 all up, everything needed so I bought it. Just reset the timing and it hasn't missed a beat. Funny thing was there were plenty of sellers, plenty were available on ebay and the auto electrician could have done what I did, charged us heaps more and we wouldn't have known as we were thinking around $300-$400 for the job and would have paid it and still been happy in our ignorance if the car ran.
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Hermitinthecity :
Troubleshooting an electrical problem in a motor vehicle can be quite a challenge. I had a similar situation in the 90's with a 1987 Chevy Celebrity station wagon. It also had no spark. I hate cars so much that I rather pay than to work on them.

At the time I lived in a small town in rural Pennsylvania, and was told this mechanic was the best automotive electrician in town. After charging me for a computer module and replacing some other parts, (almost 200 dollars), I went to pick up the car and the car began to over-rev at the first stoplight. Obviously they didn't road tested the car before calling me to tell me it was fixed. I turned around and returned the car to the shop for another week of troubleshooting.

At the end, the real problem was the crank sensor. (a less than 20 dollars part), but I ended up paying almost 400 dollars in parts and labor all together. A less that 20 dollar part cost me almost 400. The good thing is that the auto repair shop allowed me to use a loaner while my car was being repaired.


bijou649 70F
1196 posts
5/24/2020 2:51 am

Years ago my sports car really conked out (sorry I don't know the technical term lol) but the entire electrical system malfunctioned. All the dashboard didn't work, couldn't open the windows, nothing worked. The mechanic said the entire electrical system had to be replaced and it would cost $2,000. (which probably would cost about double that today). My boyfriend at the time had a sports car too, so he my car towed to his mechanic for a second opinion. His mechanic asked me if there had been any problems with the cigarette lighter. I told him that my purse handle had accidentally yanked out the cigarette lighter and it was not working. You can't believe my relief when he said all I needed was a brand new cigarette lighter, and miraculously the entire electrical system started working again. Total cost was about $5. including labour.


Koffla 64M  
96 posts
5/24/2020 3:36 am

    Quoting bijou649:
    Years ago my sports car really conked out (sorry I don't know the technical term lol) but the entire electrical system malfunctioned. All the dashboard didn't work, couldn't open the windows, nothing worked. The mechanic said the entire electrical system had to be replaced and it would cost $2,000. (which probably would cost about double that today). My boyfriend at the time had a sports car too, so he my car towed to his mechanic for a second opinion. His mechanic asked me if there had been any problems with the cigarette lighter. I told him that my purse handle had accidentally yanked out the cigarette lighter and it was not working. You can't believe my relief when he said all I needed was a brand new cigarette lighter, and miraculously the entire electrical system started working again. Total cost was about $5. including labour.
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Bijou649 :
I don't think that these dishonest service repair shops realize that by trying to make a quick buck, they are actually losing money and their reputations. It goes to show you that there are honest mechanics still out there.


earthytaurus3 80F
41743 posts
5/24/2020 4:59 am

    Quoting Koffla:
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    Earthytaurus3 :
    Well, in a small town, if anyone wants to survive as a businessman, they cannot afford but to be honest. Word does gets around pretty quick and he could lose more in the long run if he tries to gouge customers.

Don't kid yourself! There ARE gougers here, and I've learned it first hand in seeking estimates and in the contrived diagnoses of unnecessary work …. hundreds of dollars worth.


Koffla 64M  
96 posts
5/24/2020 8:48 am

    Quoting earthytaurus3:
    Don't kid yourself! There ARE gougers here, and I've learned it first hand in seeking estimates and in the contrived diagnoses of unnecessary work …. hundreds of dollars worth.
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Earthytaurus3 :
I guess they are everywhere. I feel that finding a good mechanic, is like finding a good hairstylist/barber, shoe repair store, etc. Extremely difficult to find someone you can trust and do an excellent job.