(Closed) As a woman, when something is wrong with your car…

posted 7 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: When you need service on your car, do you...
    try to find a man to make the call for you : (24 votes)
    34 %
    call the mechanic on your own, but feel you get degraded or screwed over often : (13 votes)
    19 %
    call the mechanic on your own and get treated the same way a man would be treated : (33 votes)
    47 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Honestly it has never, ever been an issue for me. I never noticed them treating me any different from guys.

    Post # 4
    Member
    4824 posts
    Honey bee

    It depends.

    If you show you know something about cars I think they will respect you more.

    If you dont know much, then yes, in the car world I think women do get less respect and probably taken advantage of.

    This is why I like to maintain a relationship with one car repair place because they know who you are, what you know and who your family/boyfried/husband etc are.

    Post # 5
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    1046 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    you need a ‘I’m a woman and I can fix my own damn car’ option.  😉

    Post # 6
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    1160 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I know just enough about cars to know when I am getting rolled for basic stuff, but yea, I’ve had Darling Husband go in when I suspected something fishy. One time they told me my back axle was about to eat itself and it definitely was not. (And it didn’t!) But never to my regular mechanic–I’ve worked with him for a decade and I trust him.

    Honestly, I think dealerships are worse about this than private/non-dealership mechanics.

    Post # 7
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    1763 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I find it super frustrating having car problems because I know so little about them. I feel like they can completely screw me over and I would have no idea. That being said I usually google (I know, reliable source) so I have some what of an idea of what is going on.

    Post # 8
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    3176 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Well when somethings wrong with my car my first call is to my dad. No matter what the issue. I don’t know why but I can’t break the habit. The last time my engine light came on I called my dad and he replied, “you know you have a husband now right?”. Regardless though I need him to tell me if I should call a mechanic or if its something simple he can fix. If its a major issue I will call the mechanic myself.

    Post # 9
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    2891 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Actually because I am a woman and a single mom I get better/less costly service. Then again my mechanic is one in a million and treats me the way he would want is daughter treated. Love him! He so works with my budget limitations.

    Post # 10
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    5148 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I found a car replace place I trust. It’s a locally owned shop, they are honest and don’t take advantage of anyone, man or woman. They will check out my car for free, and when it comes to repairs, they will tell me straight up if it’s worth it or not and if it actually needs fixed.

    On the flip-side, I will NOT go to the local Sears because they blantantly tried to rip me off. I went in for a quote on tires, I said I wanted decent tires that weren’t super expensive, they tried to get me to buy the most expensive tires in the place. I walked out and went somewhere else. They wanted to charge me nearly $1000, I went elsewhere and it was about $500.

    Post # 11
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    5423 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I worked in a dealer’s service dept for 5 years and we never treated female customers any differently.  Yes, some were more difficult to handle but it was never “here comes a woman lets get her”.  Some women left a mark tho, with the way they took care of their vehicles.

    And since it was highline dealer a lot of females thought we were trying to take advantage of them and would make their husbands call.  No lady, its the same price for him too.

    I did get the opposite treatment, where people didn’t think I knew what I was talking about because I’m a woman.

    Post # 12
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    5823 posts
    Bee Keeper

    My brother taught me a lot about my car, so the mechanics would be stupid to try to pull one over one me.  Our last oil change they put in the wrong filter.  I double checked their work when my gas milage went down.  I was so pissed!  I went back, got a free oil and filter change and they changed another filter for free too (the correct one, I made sure!).

    I think people take advantage any way they can.  If my Darling Husband tried to have the computer fixed and they told him it needs a new motherboard when all it needs is a defrag, he would fall for it because he doesn’t know anything about computers.

     

    Post # 13
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    1506 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I always ask my husband or father to take care of car things for me. I’ll kill spiders and open sauce jars and carry heavy things all day long, but I just don’t know anything about cars, and I don’t have the patience to be belittled by the mechanic because I look “too young to even have a drivers license”. Its so much easier to give my Darling Husband the checkbook and let him do it.

    Post # 14
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    3799 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I wish ‘Freak Out and Cry’ was an option, because I do THAT, THEN I call AAA, get towed, and am usually tread like a guy from that point on. I’ve never been screwed over, because I always say, “Well, before you do that, let me call my dad…”.

    Post # 15
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    3799 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    double post.

    Post # 16
    Member
    7779 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    I’m a “I’ll fix my own damn car, within reason” girl. My best friend and her father own a shop and I usually take my car there. Back when I first started college and was super broke, he used to let me come in and do all the work while he helped out in exchange for just paying for parts. I got my transmission in my old Saturn fixed that way. 

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