I have had the (in my opinion), good fortune to be born into a long line of mechanics. Granted, they are all aircraft mechanics, but they all worked on cars, too. I’ve never really been the “girly-girl” type. All my life I’ve been much more interested in listening to my dad, brother and uncle talk about airplanes and cars than the conversations women have about babies, hair, makeup, clothes, shopping, etc. Consequently, I love cars. And motorcycles (yep, I ride a motorcycle, too – and I RIDE MY OWN, not 2-up). Trucks are pretty cool, too. But cars – I love the little Japanese tuners, as well as the big V8s; especially the big V8s, since I grew up with those. The Chevelle rules! My favorite from that era. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not a gearhead and I don’t have any real in-depth knowledge of automotive mechanics, but I’ve managed to pick up enough basic information over the years to talk fairly intelligently with guys about cars (and motorcycles), and always love learning more. I also have a real healthy dose of common sense.
So here’s one of my pet peeves: Mechanics who treat you like you’re an idiot, just because you’re female and alone. You know what I’m talking about, these unethical guys who call you “honey,” “baby,” or “sweetie,” and try to sell you all kinds of service you don’t need, or at the least that you don’t need right then. They try to scare you by telling you horror stories about how your wheels will fall off if you don’t do this service or make this repair RIGHT NOW! I’m sure they pull this unethical crap on older folks of both sexes, as well – anyone they can take advantage of. I call them unethical because that’s what they are – they’re trying to take advantage of you, sell you services you don’t need, take your money, which often you don’t have to spare, for no good reason other than to line their pockets. Which is what makes the world go ‘round, I guess, but I don’t have to like it! I never go back to those kinds of places again. I listen to their spiel, smiling and nodding, appearing interested, then reply “no thanks” when they are done (or, in the words of Anne Hathaway from The Devil Wears Prada: "I'm not your baby."). Which really pisses them off! I’ve had some of these guys even accuse me of implying they’re trying to rip me off! Ya THINK?! If anything they’re trying to sell me sounds in the least legitimate or like cause for concern I talk to my dad, or brother, or husband about it after I leave the shop and almost always the answer is “no, it’s a load of crap.” I can literally count on one hand the number of ethical and genuine good guy mechanics I’ve dealt with over my lifetime and let me tell you, they had my business for life – or at least, as long as they were in business or I lived in the area. It would seem to just be good business practice to operate in an honest and ethical manner – they would have a booming business of lifetime customers! But alas, this is not the case and sadly, the unethical mechanics far outnumber the good and honest ones.
I’m sure all you ladies have had similar experiences and even downright horror stories and I want to hear from you! This is your chance to vent about the unethical mechanics who’ve taken advantage of you in the past.