Cruising with J9: Good ties with the right people

2010-10-27 10:06

Having a good mechanic is like having a good toothbrush; it’s a necessity.

And having a good relationship with the said mechanic is the toothpaste for your toothbrush.

Warranties don’t last forever and there comes a time when your pockets just can’t afford buying parts from the agents or having a service done at the dealership.
 
It’s just too expensive.

More often than not, workshops charge you for items you don’t even need, such as replacing front and rear wiper blades, and so forth.

Thus it is also important to try to learn the basics or differentiate between funny noises coming from your car.

Things are so different in Cape Town, where I have different people for each matter relating to cars.

I have a mechanic for my old Golf and someone for the Toyota, someone for exhausts and suspension, and someone for performance.

I still call them from Jozi to get their advice on a regular basis.

My regular mechanic and probably the only person I trust in Gauteng has a second job so he isn’t always around when we may need him.

He can be away for three to four weeks at a time.

Usually I’d wait it out until he is available to sort out any problems on the car, but there comes a time when there is an emergency.

I recently needed to find someone to replace the clutch, and urgently.

Then came the big task of trying to find another mechanic. My boyfriend and I were referred to a “well-known” mechanic in Honeydew.

We tried to do some research first on the company and the owner, and agreed it was the best choice from the options we had.

Boy was I disappointed! I only got more problems when we went to pick up our car.

First they were not ready after telling us they were ready, and then we were told our speedometer was suddenly broken.

That wasn’t the worst. I don’t know what kind of mechanic revs a cold engine that has been standing all day.

I had to go up to them and ask them not to do so as the car was suspended in the air at an angle and obviously there is no oil going through fast enough for them to rev the car.

After spending a couple thousand rands, our car is back at our regular mechanic because the clutch seemed as though it was not fitted correctly.

I’d rather drive all the way to Krugersdorp to my mechanic than drop off my car at the overpriced workshop around the corner.


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