Girls can know about cars too!…Rant

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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491 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013 - Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

I definitely know where you’re coming from. I’m a mechanical engineer and I love working on cars. Usually when I bring a car to a shop its because I’ve tried to fix it but I can’t diagnose the actual problem. I absolutely hate when they act like I know nothing about cars, but its just something you have to deal with. They usually stop speaking to me like a child when I start using technical terms.

Post # 4
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2657 posts
Sugar bee

I know exactly what you are talking about.  I don’t change my own oil, but I at least like to know how my car works and research any maintenance issues.  A few years ago, I took my car on my own into a new shop for an oil change and inspection.  Pretty easy.  Well, the check engine light magically turns in in the 1 hour they have possession of it.  Funny how that works.

I come back to pick up the car and the guy at the desk tells me that the check engine light is on.  And then his tone changed to baby talk and he asked “Do you know what that means?”.  Um, I can give you an itemized list of everything that has been done or may be needed on that car.  I know my car well and I do not need some condescending dickhead making conclusions about how I maintain my car based on my looks or gender.

The car was driveable and I took it to another shop where they verified that a connection was “loose” in the engine.  Uh huh.

Post # 6
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683 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I so feel your pain! While I know how to change my own oil, I just don’t. I’ve actually started to make my husband bring my car in for anything because I’m sick of the condescending attitude or them trying to upsell me on crap I don’t want/need.

The last time I brought the car in for an oil change, they were all OMG lady you need your transmission flushed, just come look at the color of this fluid, blah blah blah. Your air filter is dirty! (it wasn’t) Your cabin air filter is horrible! (my car at the time didn’t even come with one). You should have seen their face when I said that to them.

When I had to get tires replaced, they tried to charge me full price.. like $300 more until I got nasty & insisted they apply my road hazard warranty things I had on the old tires since they were low profile and we have shit roads. LOL

I just hate this crap in general. Sucks that this only seems to happen if you have boobs. Yell

 

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