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16 September 2004 @ 12:36 pm
It may not seem like much...  
... but I'm feeling pretty independent and self-sufficient today that I took my car in, I was right about what needed to be done, I talked to the mechanic about it without sounding like a total idiot, and handled it all by myself.

-the redhead-
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Abby Franquemonthuaman on September 16th, 2004 11:48 am (UTC)
The secret? Take donuts. Always take donuts, and make sure they get to the d00ds who'll be doing the work. It's magic.
-the redhead-theredhead on September 16th, 2004 12:30 pm (UTC)
Well, last year I did find a very nice and professional mechanic who does not treat me like an idiot or try to rip me off. I'll prolly take over some beer & cookies tomorrow.

I'm just about completely ignorant when it comes to car things. I'm pretty darned brilliant and am capable of a huge variety of things, but when it comes to car repair I just have *no* clue, and therefore tend to get ripped off.

So doing this today was more of a good thing than it would seem :)

-the redhead-
Non calor sed umor est qui nobis incommodat.melanie on September 16th, 2004 12:08 pm (UTC)
yay! that's wonderful.

extra points if you spent a manageable amount.
-the redhead-theredhead on September 16th, 2004 12:25 pm (UTC)
The charges will be within $50 of what I thought they would be. New tires are a bit of an expense, but I knew I needed them.

It seems silly to think this is significant, but I am completely ignorant when it comes to car things, and usually I get ripped off when I do it on my own. This time it's all reasonable and in line with expectations and I didn't get upset.

-the redhead-
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-the redhead-theredhead on September 17th, 2004 09:21 am (UTC)
Oh, I would be less than useless in that case, unfortunately. It took me a long time to find a good mechanic that doesn't talk to me like an idiot, explains things in terms of things which need to be done now and things that can be planned for the future, and who I trust. Prior to that any car thing beyond an oil change was traumatic and usually involved people trying to rip me off. I seem to have a visible-only-to-mechanics sign on my forehead that says 'Absolutely clueless about cars. Please rip me off'.

That's why yesterday going normally was kind of a victory.

-the redhead-