Someone asked me, just days before all this happened, if I knew a good mechanic. Well, yes, I did and I was happy to send some business his way. I told this person where he could find my good mechanic. "Is he any good", was his next question. Huh? Even if I didn't like you that much, do you honestly think I would rather give an unscrupulous mechanic (and there are many of them out there, I'm sure) more business? But, I like my mechanic. Saturdays are a little iffy, but mostly he is available. It is a small garage with just two people so there is no towing service, or courtesy car, but he does seem to be reliable. He explains only enough so that my eyes don't glaze over. I don't get the broken bits returned to me, like another garage used to do, but I'm fine with that. He knows what kind of work I do and takes that into consideration. If he finds something else that needs fixing immediately, he'll just go ahead and do it. If it can wait, he'll warn me to have it done in the near future. If it can't wait, but he is too busy, he'll call up another neighbourhood garage and send me there. He knows I am trying to sleep during the day, so doesn't bother me with phone calls to ask what he should do - I tell him to make my car better and leave him to it. Many's the time the car was left in the lot for me to pick up after hours; he knew I would return the next day to settle up. Try doing that with a big name automotive service centre.
Actually, my custom with Dan was sealed when another car I owned developed a problem with the battery. I knew it was the battery because, apart from the usual signs and symptoms, every time the car died and I recharged the battery it would work. But the charge didn't last very long. This happened when I was heading out to see a new client. It was a little embarrassing, being so late, then having to get her neighbour to give me a boost while I frantically called CAA for help. She was very understanding about it all. The big name automotive centre I tried was less interested in selling and installing a new battery than in performing a 'diagnostic test' to determine if the thing was indeed dead. And that would take time because there was a line up before me. They had a routine to follow. Just like when I needed a plug in my front left tire, a ten minute fix had to take 1 1/4 hours while they did their full feature routine (for which they charged extra). But it was a Sunday of a holiday weekend and I had little option. Anyway, I got my car to Dan's a couple miles down the road and he took one look at the battery and pronounced it as good as dead. Just to show me how little juice it had he attached some machine to it. In less than half an hour I was on my way and he was back at work on one of the other cars up on the hoist. The whole thing cost less than the 'diagnostic test' from
Has anyone else noticed how many winter tire commercials are already on TV? I guess that will be the next big expense.
In other news, I have suddenly discovered just how funny The Big Bang Theory is. Apparently I have three seasons to catch up on. That would be two seasons of 23 espisodes and one season of 17, at approximately 23 minutes each. That is a total of 63 episodes. For 23 hours. I was up most of last night working on that by watching it on the internet.
One should not eat nuts while watching this show. Choking may occur.
That was a very enjoyable post and told me a lot about your mechanic and how happy you are with him. I say, hold on to him for dear life, because he's precious and rare to find.ReplyDelete
That's an awful lot of episodes on the Big Bang theory to catch up on. I suppose they don't have a digested episode? I would personally love to see it, but it seems like an awful lot of work to understand one theory.
I wonder if I need to worry about getting winter tires for my bike. I did do an awful lot of slipping last winter. I'll pray for little snow and ice. I suppose you get that regardless in Canada.
I came here expecting some firework photos,ReplyDelete
anyway to add on to your nice story,a reliable mechanic you personally know and trust is always better than some unknown breakdown crew.
i love love love big bang! you will have so much fun catching up.ReplyDelete
glad you got your car all fixed up.
Good mechanics are worth their weight in gold :-)ReplyDelete
I would like to find a mechanic like that. It's gotten a little tougher with the Prius - I don't think all mechanics know how to work on them.ReplyDelete
Thank heavens for friendly local tradesmen. Here at Castle Beastie, I think our whole show depends upon them. You should tell the admirable Dan to read this post - it would make the most hardened mechanic blush to hear his praises sung so eloquently.ReplyDelete
Nora: I could read synopses of each episode, but that is not nearly as much fun. And it isn't one theory, every week there is a new theory. I hope you get this show so you, too, can enjoy!ReplyDelete
Re: snow and ice, last year my money was wasted on snow tires as we had no snow whatsoever. None. Nada. It was very surreal.
Thomas: sorry to diapooint you! my mind was so concentrated on one thing, that that didn't even occur to me!ReplyDelete
I was worried that he might go out of business when the gas station he rents space from changed hands, but he is still there. whew!
Char: I had to drag myself away from the computer to enjoy the lovely day outside but I felt compelled to come home quickly to return to season 2. that is pathetic, isn't it?ReplyDelete
Jabblog: so long as they don't take advantage once they have sucked you into their confidence. I was burned that way once. by a friend.ReplyDelete
SAW: I hear that complaint from some people who insist on buying fancy, expensive cars, too - they have to go back to the dealer because they are the only one with the parts and the way into the computers in the cars.ReplyDelete
Beastie: maybe I should have mentioned 'Tim' as well?! that would be fun to see them blush...ReplyDelete
A good mechanic who is trustworthy and knows his business is indeed a treasure. Just hope he never retires, or if he does, he has a son who learned at his side and will take over the business. I chuckled over his giving just enough information. I hate it when they make my eyes glaze over. And that usually doesn't take much more than one sentence. :)ReplyDelete
I've never watched The Big Bang Theory, but now I'm intrigued. I'm not sure I have 23 free hours for catching up though.
Nothing, but nothing is better than an excellent mechanic!! Glad you have one! So do we!!ReplyDelete
I don't think I could sit that long on my puter and watch any show...nope...couldn't do it!
Dan and Tim sound wonderful. What a comfort to know that they're looking at other things aside from the immediate issue.ReplyDelete
Like you, I like an explanation of car problems, but only enough to make me feel as if I've made the effort to understand.
Susan: I have gotten pretty good at faking my knowledge! at least I know the names of the parts even if I don't have a clue how they work.ReplyDelete
SueAnn: my computer is in the living room and positioned for optimum viewing from any point on the chesterfield to the kitchen, so I don't have to actually sit at the screen...ReplyDelete
June: and I like that they remember little details, even though I am only there maybe twice a year (now that I have a more reliable car)ReplyDelete