4 Reasons Why Your Mechanic Probably Hates You ( And How To Make Up For It )
If you have a bad relationship with your mechanics, you may be doing the following things wrong. Heres you inadvertently piss off your mechanic:
Mechanics are often the subject of lots of criticism. We’ve all heard auto repair horror stories of the mechanic who conned someone out of parts or attempted daylight robbery with charges. Often made out to be the scheming villains that want to take your hard earned money, they would need a PR campaign the likes of which would make a Kardashian president.
Let me tell you about the flip side. Mechanics are well aware that people don’t have a very high opinion of them. That being said, people tend to give mechanics nightmares by being absolutely unreasonable. We’ll give you a chance to see things from the other side of the fence.
Take a look at the things that drive your mechanic insane.
1. Not being forthcoming with the details
At times we feel the need to hide information from the mechanic. Fearing a sizeable charge coming on, we sometimes think skipping some “irrelevant” details about your car’s condition would save you pain and embarrassment.
Unfortunately, it has the opposite effect. When unable to diagnose problems immediately using your information, they have to resort to a thorough inspection. This is time-consuming and usually, the cause of further embarrassment is your negligence will be on full display.
2. Blame it all on the Mechanic
Let’s face it. Your fear of being cheated can drive you a little crazy. Please refrain from indulging in your inner paranoia, and cry foul the moment you hear another rattling sound post repairs. Perhaps they may be related, but just simply asking them if they are, instead blaming him, is a better way to go.
Since you’re not exactly armed with the facts and don’t have the technical know how to make that call, it’s always best not to mud sling the guy. On that same note, not giving him the benefit of the doubt only works against you. People make honest mistakes sometimes and rely on repeat customers fueled by word of mouth. They have every incentive to keep you happy.
3. If You Know What You’re Doing, Then Do it Yourself!
The annoying tendency to hover around the mechanic’s shop to “check up on them” is definitely counter-productive. The false sense of security you get, knowing that if simply watched what they did, they wouldn’t swap out your better part for an old piece of junk, is quite frankly NONSENSE.
Most mechanics can tell if their customers are mechanically inclined and all you do is add pressure to them.
It gets worse if you ask them too many questions or dictates what they should be doing. If you’re so good at the job, then why did you bring it to the mechanics in the first place? Take a step back and do not monopolize their time. You’re welcome.
4. Clean Your Car You Pig!
Having to thoroughly examine a car and finding the source of foul smells is a brilliant way to annoy your mechanic. Because not only does he have to deal with your vehicular incompetence, he now must play the role of a maid. NOT TODAY!!
If you don’t want to draw the judgment of your mechanic to your less than hygienic lifestyle, try doing a little housekeeping.
Follow these simple steps and you just might find your next trips to the mechanics a pleasant experience.