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posted by Odin on Mar 04, 2009
Today I am starting a series on my blog. I will call it the “What's the deal with" series (yes, I am a huge Seinfeld fan). In this series, I am just going to rant and vent off about one service category at a time. These rants will not necessarily be based on recent episodes in my life (which is how a blog normally functions), but rather they will summarize my lifetime experience in dealing with professionals in each service category concerned.
To start off the series, today I will tackle auto mechanics! I hate these guys with a passion! Along with dentists, they form my most hated professionals out there. What do the two have in common, you may ask? They both pretty much ‘force you' to take action and pay for something that you don't always really need. They both have this ability to guilt-trip you if you don't follow their recommendations. And the worst part is that you have NO IDEA what they're talking about (if you're not a tool-head, which I am certainly and regrettably not). They can tell me I need a new “Johnson rod" for all I care, that it would cost me a couple thousand bucks, and I wouldn't be able to argue with that! (Seinfeld reference again).
I always thought that having a friend that's a mechanic is a friendship worth more than GOLD! The problem is that most mechanics out there are just plain dishonest, ESPECIALLY the ones working for dealerships! They suggest repairs that are not necessary, they over-charge for parts and supplies, and they more than overbill you for labor!
I used to take my car to the dealer for oil changes, regular checks and repairs. I always knew they were ripping me off, but I liked their location downtown near my work, plus their shuttle service was pretty useful. I mean come on, they used to bill me an hour for an oil change! Everyone knows that can be done in fifteen minutes, 20 if you're slow!
I also once took my car in for a water leak on my rooftop. They fixed it for their usual outrageous price, and the next day when I picked it up, while I was still in their parking lot, the “Check Engine" light was flashing. I go back inside to complain and report this, and now they want to start a new “work order" and pretend like it's a “second" problem that I did not report the previous day when I brought my car in. I told they guy at the counter “listen, buddy, that light wasn't there yesterday!". So now it was my word against his, so I decided to take my business elsewhere.
As if that wasn't enough to teach me a lesson, I actually brought my car back in a year later for something completely unrelated. My car was producing a faint, grinding noise from around the rear axle area. After their diagnostic, they slam me with a work order containing 4 items (3 of which had nothing to do with my original problem) for a total of around two thousand bucks! That was enough for me. I took my car to this independent mechanic that a friend referred me to, and he told me that it was all a bunch of crap I could do without. He suggested I get one of the items repaired, and took a couple hundred bucks.
Now I'm not saying that this new guy is all honest and perfect, but so far I haven't had any major issues with him. The point is, I hate mechanics, and I would consider never buying a car again just so I can avoid them for life!
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MTLRants© is Seek Odin's brand new blog, bringing you entries from our staff and other contributors. The blog will cover topics and issues related to SeekOdin's central themes. Mostly, it will deal with the difficulties and frustrations of dealing with service-related businesses in Montreal.
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