Walking into a mechanics shop as a lone woman with a small child could easily be listed in my top five list of “stuff I don’t ever enjoy doing.” I don’t enjoy the feeling of being screwed over. But I do enjoy vindication.
Back home I had a mechanic whom I could trust. I had signed an estimate for $1,200. They had my money. When I came to pick up my car the next day they said “Good news! What we thought was wrong wasn’t wrong so we fixed what was wrong and you only owe $189!” (In Salt Lake City, Plowgian Auto Repair 1357 E. 3300 S. 801-467-2854. Ask for Larry.)
Another time we were driving with the moosh to Kansas City and our air conditioning went out somwhere in Nowhere, Missouri. We stopped at a mechanics where they filled our low freon and plugged up a leak so that we could make it to our destination comfortably and fix the problem when we got back home and had the time for a lengthy repair. They did all of this for free. (Meineke 2315 W. Clay St. St. Charles, Mo 636-940-7294. Ask for Dave.)
Is it so sad that this kind of service is rare these days?
Instead I take my car in for a $17 oil change and end up trying to be tricked into a $350 bogus repair (And I know darn well without a doubt it was bogus.) (Goodyear 1303 S. High School Rd. Indianapolis)
What happened to integrity? Is there any way to find a decent mechanic anymore?
To those of you in Indy, have you found someone good? How about anyone else? Got someone you want everyone to know about? I have no problem making the end all be all list of trustworthy, honest mechanics so that us moms don’t have to feel like enormous targets when we take care of our cars ourselves. Please comment or e-mail me, mooshinindy (at) gmail (dot) com.
Beware you shady mechanics, you never know when the girl you try to screw over has a blog.