What an excuse!!

  1. What is about a woman talking to a mechanic.

    I suppose for me it was all those stories told to me by my mechanic older brother about the tricks they used to play on women. Things like walking up to a woman driving an old VW opening the hood and acting surprised that the engine was "missing" or convincing some poor soul that her V8 engine (which as built on a tilt) had actually "tipped over".

    I grew up not wanting to appear like a fool in front of these blokes.

    So - take the car in for a service

    "Lady your steering was real stiff because you only had 20 PSI pressure in your tyres instead of 32,

    Immediately my subconscious kicked into gear and in a desperate effort not to look like the typical blonde dingbat delivered to my mouth the first excuse it came up with.

    "Someone must have stolen the air out of my tyres!"

    Thank-you subconscious that went down real well!!!! Just get out the peroxide before I go back
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   Shotzie

    Oh I just loved this one!!! I know exactly jow you feel. I hate to take my car in to be repaired...I always feel like I am being ripped off!!!
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Thank heaven I am married to a consummate mechanic. None of this stuff for me.
  5. by   Havin' A Party!
    "Huh, lady?!?!?!"
  6. by   LydiaGreen
    I am SO thankful that we managed to find a very honest mechanic (there are some of them out there who do not rip anyone off and do not try to make women who lack any mechanical knowledge feel as though they are three inches tall). My husband does possess some mechanical abilities but his job often takes him away from home. Took the van to our mechanic one day, oil pressure low, leaking some oil from under the van. I was scared to death I needed a new engine. The mechanic put it up on the hoist and checked everything over. He got a screwdriver and did something under the van and walks back wiping his hands off on a towel and tells me, "All fixed, no charge." The screw was loose on the bottom of the oil pan! He would NOT let me pay him so I returned with coffee and donuts for him and his helper. It was the least I could do. If he wasn't such an honest guy, he really could have taken me to the cleaners and I wouldn't have had a clue.
  7. by   Loribabble
    Been there,.... My dad is a mechanic - actually builds cars from "sratch" as a hobby, so I always had him to fall back on. I remember one time I went to the parts store to buy an air filter and the guy wouldn't let me look at the book (the one out for the public to use) to figure out which filter I needed. He proceeded to tell me that I needed the $35 version - now, I hadn't paid more than 7 bucks for all the previous ones. I kept telling him I knew what I was doing... anyway - it ended up with us having a meeting with the manager and me writing a letter to corporate. There have been many other stories - the best part is when I was younger - some mechanic would freak me out telling me that my car was unsafe to drive and needed some really expensive job done (it WAS an old car) and I would get a ride home and dear old Dad would bring me back and give them a lecture about discrimination etc. I, at this time was changing my own brake pads, spark plugs, spark plug wires and valve cover gasket with finese!

    Still - after that old beater (loved her) - I was never happier than when I graduated nursing school and bought a new car with only 3 miles on it - and I put those on during the test drive!
  8. by   Katnip
    I love the mechanic we have. Won't trade this place in for anything. He's honest, timely, and has never, ever tried to cheat us.

    Once I made the mistake of having my car towed elsewhere and they said repairs would be $1200. So I had it towed to our usual place (was still fairly new to them at the time) and they said "nah, $50 will do it." Sometimes they do the work for free if it's something small. They've taken me home, and picked me up when my car was ready and my husband was out of town.

    My son's car has been breaking down a lot lately. They give him discounts and teach him how to do some of the basics himself. Awesome, awesome mechanics.
  9. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I'm dreading buying a car somewhat, because (not all, but some) salepeople see "female" on a car lot, they think "sucker". But, i'm also going to take my 'friend' with me of i can. Did i mention that he's also my uncle who has over 20 years experience as an auto mechanic, and another 10 years as a car salesman?
  10. by   leslie :-D
    Quote from LPN2Be2004
    I'm dreading buying a car somewhat, because (not all, but some) salepeople see "female" on a car lot, they think "sucker". But, i'm also going to take my 'friend' with me of i can. Did i mention that he's also my uncle who has over 20 years experience as an auto mechanic, and another 10 years as a car salesman?

    well then, you're in good shoes. you'll do fine with your uncle there. i'd be lost if i ever bought a car alone, and also wouldn't know what to believe if my car was in repair. there are still so many sexists out there and just think of us as bimbos. years ago i went to take a course in power tools; me and my friend were the only 2 females in the class. the teacher, who obviously resented us being there, said "and you girls better be careful before these machines turn your fingers into potato chips"...lol, i took his advice and booked.
  11. by   canoehead
    I've ahd no problem with mechanics, but buying a car....well....

    I was so nervous about being ripped off that I did a lot (days )of research on reliability of different models, options, etc. Then I get to the car lot and not only do they treat me like a "chick" but at times I knew more about available options than they did. DUH. My Toyota guy is a sweetie though- he sends me car "birthday" cards and Christmas cards every year. It's like having an attentive boyfriend without all the hassles.

    Although, come to think of it, he hasn't sent me anything since I went to test drive that Prius and didn't buy. Come on Vern, I still love ya! :kiss
  12. by   Tweety
    I take my car to the Saturn dealership I bought it at. I have to have complete faith they aren't going to rip me off. We'll see though because my warranty ran out in May. Usually, whenever they say "we gotta do this and that" I pay for whatever is as I know nothing about cars. (Plus I was blonde as a child.)

  13. by   leslie :-D
    Quote from 3rdShiftGuy
    I take my car to the Saturn dealership I bought it at. I have to have complete faith they aren't going to rip me off. We'll see though because my warranty ran out in May. Usually, whenever they say "we gotta do this and that" I pay for whatever is as I know nothing about cars. (Plus I was blonde as a child.)

  14. by   plumrn
    When I was very young and I bought my first brand new car, I really got taken. It is embarrassing to repeat, and it makes me mad all over again. I made the deal on the parking lot. When we went in and started filling out the papers, the salesman added $200. on to the price we had agreed on. I told him that wasn't what he had quoted. He said, "Oh, we have to add that on or we wouldn't be making any profit." "I've got to make something on this deal!" I knew that didn't feel right, but I didn't want to look completely ignorant. Then when he started totaling things up, he had added about another $600. on to the price. When I questioned him on it, he just babbled something that I knew wasn't sounding right. Thats when my back went up, and I complained to the finance guy. He quickly apologised, and they made up a quick little story that he had misunderstood how this certain 'program' worked, and they took off the 'mistaken entry' of $600. dollars. I still got taken on the $200., but that didn't really sink in until after I got home. Oh, I'm getting mad all over again!

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