Grease Monkey in the Making

Totally proud of myself for not freaking out at the mechanic’s and going with everything they “recommended.” Unfortunately, we women are not as up on automotives as men usually are. Our ignorance and frustration lead us to make fear-based decisions.

Two questions you should get into the habit of asking when dealing with car repair:

1. What are the functional effects of your recommendations?
2. How long can I go before I really need to get this done?

Question one gives you a little bit of the education you need. After the initial answer, ask at least three follow-up questions. This puts the mechanic on notice that you really want to know what’s going on. If you don’t know a term they’re using, ask what it means. Don’t just go along for fear of looking ignorant, because let’s face it, most of us are when it comes to cars 🙂

Seriously though, we’re talking about a vehicle that many of us drive at least 65 miles per hour on a regular basis. This is pretty important stuff, so don’t ever be afraid to ask.

The second question is important because it helps you decide whether or not you need to break the bank now or have time to save up for it. Like in question one, ask follow-up questions until you get a good understanding of what’s going on.

After these questions, if you still don’t understand or trust what the mechanic is recommending, take your car back home. Do some research on their recommendation and call around. Educate yourself. The more you do this with anything you’re not comfortable or knowledgeable with, the more you will learn and become more aware and self-reliant; a very powerful combination!

Warning: Going down this path has the ability of turning you into an independent and happy grease monkey 🙂

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2 thoughts on “Grease Monkey in the Making

  1. I think your suggested questions are good advice for everyone. Although women are taken advantage of by mechanics more frequently than men, men get duped in this area too. The more consumers ask questions like this, the further it goes toward keeping everybody honest.

    The other side to this is that learning about how things work is always to your advantage even if you don’t end up doing the repair yourself. Asking the right questions almost always saves you money in the long run.

    Unfortunately each new generation of cars seems more complex and has more “sealed” systems in it, along with more “plug-in” parts/modules that must be replaced rather than repaired/rebuilt. This makes asking questions and seeking knowledge more important than ever.

    Good luck on your grease monkey endeavors-thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you for your input! You are correct in that men are also duped in this industry. I think that is due to the combination of the more complex systems (as you mentioned) and less time being spent by new generations under the hood. Thanks for the mechanic referral in my Facebook post 🙂

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