Post # 1
So, at the moment my car is in the shop and they called to let me know what was wrong with it. They also told me my car is due for a oil change and I said no it acutally isn’t and that I changed it recently and wrote in pen on the sticker in the car. The mechanic says “oh so your husband changed it… or did you?!?” Yes, I can change my oil… GAH!
I swear every time I bring my car to get an oil change or when any work is done on my or my husband’s car they always try to break it down into basically baby laguage for me and it drives me nuts. Even worse is when the mechanic tries to talk to my husband about my car and tries to leave me out of the conversation because he assumes I don’t understand a thing.
When guys treat me like this I love the look on their face when they find out that I design engine parts for a living because apparently that is a “guy’s job”. I do know that many women don’t get cars, but still I wish they treated me more of an equal.
I feel better now that I got that out…
Anyone else get bothered when stuff like this or anything similar happens?
Post # 3
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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
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 # 5
@cheebs: I’m a mechanical engineer as well which is probably why it bothers me so much. I usually will fix stuff if it isn’t too difficult, dosn’t require special tools, and I know what it is otherwise I let the shop handle it
@bleusteel: Well at least you didn’t fall for thier tricks
Post # 6
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.