(Closed) Why dont mechanics ever believe me!!!

posted 7 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
35 posts

well i work in a place that sells car parts…and!!! i constantly get questioned if the part im handing out is right…it drives me insane…i know my job and im good at it!!! it just takes them a while to figure out that i know what im talking aboutTongue out and ya its most likely a wheel bearing thats the problem:)

Post # 4
611 posts
Busy bee

I am going through the same thing right now! I took my car in last Friday to have it looked at while I went on vacation. They called me Monday to tell me that they couldn’t hear the noise I was talking about (when you exceed 35 mph) and they also didn’t feel the slip in the gear shifting when accelerating or coming to a stop. They said I just needed new pads and a rotate and balance. Okay that’s fine maybe it was the pads that were causing the high pitched noise and the shaking….WRONG!!! So $250 later ($200 less than they quoted because I told them to wait on the rear pads) my car is still making the noise and shaking! Ugh!!! Just because I’m a girl doesn’t mean I don’t know what I’m talking about when it comes to my car!

Why can’t us girls get some respect when it comes to mechanics???

Post # 5
651 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012


they should check the engine mounts…that happened to me too and it was the engine mounts.  They said my engine could have fallen out because the mounts were broken!


I don’t usually have problems with people not believing me, I have problems with the mechanics giving me a $1,000 list of crap wrong with my car everytime I go in.  I know my car is older and I do know there are certain things wrong with it, but not $1000 every time.  They are just trying to get my money…especially when I know I’ve done things not that long ago. 

Post # 8
5148 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I always make a point to take my fiance or a male friend with me any time I take my car to the shop. I think I get less of a run-around if there’s a guy there. (The funny thing is while I don’t know much about cars, my fiance knows even less! But since he’s a guy they seem to listen to him better.)

Post # 9
135 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Want me to have my honey look at it?   He and FFIL are both Car peeps and well, you know I am close by.

So sorry.   I thought you would be having a fabulous day off.   Guess not.   Seems as joyous as my day yesterday.  

I handle my car.   My mechanic knows me and knows I know what I am talking about.   Granted, I have bought 2 jeeps from him and have owned 4!  FI tries to get involved, but I finally told him to stay away unless he was changing the oil.

Post # 10
1408 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I have this problem! I may not know how to fix cars, but growing up my dad was a mechanic (and still does lots of car work, but only for his family now) and I KNOW when shit is wrong. I may not be able to give you part names, but I can give generalizations, but mechanics always act as if I’m talking out my ass, ignore me, and rarely find the problem! I try to only let my dad work on my cars for this reason, but he lives 3 hours away right now and is soon taking a job 5+ hours away in the opposite direction. The last time i took my car to someone other then my dad, it had died 2 blocks from my apartment and refused to start. They claimed there was nothing wrong with it but it happened again the next morning! Again, they claimed nothing wrong! This went on for a week (during which my bosses were not happy with me!). Finally, my dad came and looked at it, fixed it, and all for 30 minutes of work and a simple, cheap part!

Post # 11
558 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Ooohhh you just hit one of my BIG pet peeves! I pretty much fix my own car, unless it’s a big job and I don’t have the tools for it. I can change my own oil, brakes, batter, alternator, etc… little stuff. So when I go into a parts store to buy a part, they guys all look at me like I have no idea what I’m buying, much less that I would know how to fix it!

“That’s right, I said front sway bar links… Am I sure? Um, yeah… I saw ’em, and they are for sure broken! What’s that? You say I need to buy a whole new axle, too? I DON’T THINK SO, BUDDY!!”

True conversation.

I only take my car to a shop when I know what’s wrong with it and I just don’t have the means to fix it. One time the clutch went out on my truck, so I took it to a shop. They pull out my transmission, and then call me and tell me that my clutch is fine, it’s the slave cylinder. When I told him there was no way it was that because there wasn’t any fluid on the ground, he got all huffy with me. (I’ll bet he didn’t even think that I know what that was!) I told him to put the tranny in the back of the truck and I would come get it later. Stupid mechanics.

Post # 13
944 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’m sorry you are dealing with someone at that shop who doesn’t know what he’s doing.  He should have realized immediately the bearing was broken.  My FI is a heavy equipment mechanic and used to work for a regular shop and those guys were through and through honest guys.  It was a small place of just three guys total, and yes, some small shops are skeezy and cheat people but not all places are like that.  I say you need to find another place to take your car even if the guy is your FI’s friend.  I know most people just hate mechanics and they get a bad rap, but seriously, if someone isn’t listening then go somewhere else.  You would go somewhere else if the doctor didn’t believe you were in pain or something, so why not try to find another mechanic?

Post # 14
135 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

LNT… I see.  Glad to know that it will be fixed.   So sorry for the problems.   

Seriously… Captain Chris’ on Sunday!!

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