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Sunday, April 27, 2008

An honest mechanic

Some friends recently had some car trouble and asked their regular mechanic to have a look.   When he'd finished with a thorough inspection he gave them the bad news; that the required parts would take a few days to order. 

Not wanting to be left without a car, they asked him if it was OK to drive in the mean time. 

Normally an Israeli mechanic would offer a confident "It'll be OK" or "Trust me... don't worry".  But this guy was much more my type of mechanic.  His reply:

"No problem... just don't drive anywhere you won't want to walk home from."

Posted by David Bogner on April 27, 2008 | Permalink

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I don't know if you're talking about Musach HaGush or not, but it sounds just like them! The guys there are the most honest (and down to Earth) mechanics that I've ever come across - in any country.

Posted by: toby | Apr 27, 2008 2:01:50 PM

Mechanics terrify me. Always have. Always will.

Posted by: Baila | Apr 27, 2008 10:37:41 PM

My recent experience with mechanics has been a nightmare.

Since I took my car in for a standard "tipul" (tune-up), I've been back to the car shop at twice (maybe three times. I'm starting to lose track). And I have to go back again.....

Posted by: Rivka with a capital A | Apr 28, 2008 3:32:47 AM

My recent experience with mechanics has been a nightmare.

Since I took my car in for a standard "tipul" (tune-up), I've been back to the car shop at twice (maybe three times. I'm starting to lose track). And I have to go back again.....

Posted by: Rivka with a capital A | Apr 28, 2008 3:32:54 AM

Sounds a little like my mechanic.

I took my car in recently because I heard a humming noise when I accelerated. Turns out that the bolts (or whatever) holding my front wheels on the car were loose. I asked the guy if it was safe to drive for a few days until my busy season was over. Response: "Well, I've never actually seen the wheels fall off a car, but..." Needless to say, I had him fix it.

I've never had a problem with these guys. It helps to live in a small town.

Hope you had a great Pesach.

Posted by: psachya | Apr 28, 2008 7:20:58 AM

One of the reasons that I encourage people to learn a bit about how their cars work is to minimize their chance of being taken advantage of by their mechanic.

Posted by: Jack | Apr 28, 2008 9:26:25 AM

toby... Nope, but I agree with you.

Baila... You do sort of have to put yourself in their hands.

Rivka with a capital A... I would get a second opinion.

psachya... I guess seeing the mechanic at the corner store adds a sense of intimacy to the relationship. :-)

Jack... You mean I didn't need to top off my Halogen fluid? Damn!

Posted by: treppenwitz | Apr 28, 2008 9:31:30 AM

I always feel at a disadvantage when faced with taking the junk-heap in to be serviced. The only thing worse is trying to sell a used car. Us guys with accents are just asking to be shafted (and I don't mean crankshaft), it's a sort of reverse racism.
But what did you expect the mechanic to say? "Oh sure you can drive around, the car's absolutely fine. I'm just replacing parts because I feel like making an easy buck"? He just had a nice turn of phrase. Sorry to be so depressing, but I've just handed over almost half a month's salary to keep the Mrs' clap-trap going (I myself ride a 50cc scooter, better on all counts).

Posted by: asher | Apr 28, 2008 12:50:00 PM

Asher... actually my mechanic has told me on several occasions that something has to be replaced but it is safe to drive for the short term. Of course we could just blame it on the occupation and call it even. :-)

Posted by: treppenwitz | Apr 28, 2008 12:56:08 PM

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