3 things never to say to a mechanic
25 April 2012, 15:43
Ladies, if you value your money, then you won’t blurt out any of these!
As a driver and owner of a car, there are certain things I can do by myself:
• Perform basic motor-maintenance checks,
• Keep my battery in tip-top condition,
• Change a tyre,
• Being able to jump-start it...
For the rest, I call on the help and expertise of a professional.
most autorepair centres and mechanics are run by honest individuals,
there are unfortunately some shady operations out there. So, if it’s
some place (or someone) new, best you avoid saying these:
1. Do not say: “Do whatever you must – just make it start!”
Your mechanic thinks: Score! This woman is clueless, so I can do and charge for any ol’ thing.
Do say: “The car struggles to start. The battery is new, so it must be something else. Will you check and get back to me with a quote?”
your mechanic a clear understanding of how the problem started. Not
only will you save on unnecessary repair costs, but you will also help
him/her troubleshoot faster.
2. Do not say: “Use the cheapest parts you find!”
mechanic thinks: Righto, I’ll give you old second-hand stuff that will
either damage your car further or won’t last very long. Then you’ll have
to come back.
Do say: “Let me know if anything needs to be replaced, so I can call up a few distributors to get the best possible price.”
are tons of poor-quality parts doing the rounds and problem is that
they simply DO NOT last. If your mechanic says he has a 'connection'
(some of them are able to get discounts), then be clear about wanting
originals. Also, ask him to hold on to the box, so you're guaranteed
it's not imitations.
3. Do not say: “Look, I only have KES... on me...”
mechanic thinks: Hmmm...KES..., you say? But all this baby needs is a
new – and inexpensive – fuel-pump... Score! I’ll pocket the rest.
Do say: “Could you have a look and send me a quote?”
It may seem like a schlep, but my best advice would be to get quotes from more than one mechanic.
Have you ever been cheated by a mechanic?