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June 15, 2005

Something Constant

So, when you move every two years - or less, you don't get something constant like some others do.

I have never been able to go to the same doctor or dentist for a long period of time.

I have never had the same person do my hair or my nails.

I have never had a place where "Everybody knows your name"

I have never had a good mechanic that I could continue to go to.

Until now!

After this incident with my truck, I knew I was going to have to trade the sucker in or get the starter fixed.

I have learned that when my truck won't start, I just put my foot on the driver's side tire and shake it real hard. I get back in my truck, and it starts right up!

It did this on my way back from Chicago at a gas station. It did it the other night when I was going to get dinner, Monday morning before work until I said screw it and took it to Ford to look at trading it in. They wanted to take a look at it and check the condition, I gave them the key and he left. He comes back and says, "Is there something special I have to do with the alarm to start your truck?"

I say, "Yea, you have to kick the shit out of it!"

Well, do to trying to be smarter when it comes to finances, I decided not to trade it in. So, off to find someone to fix the damn thing.

I look in the phonebook for a place near by, find one, and decide to give it a shot. I call and ask for an approximate estimate for the starter, and he tells me around $300 and can get me in at 1:30. Damn, quick service. That's a plus. I ask if they could do an oil change and general check up and he says no problem.

So I bring it over, and this guy probably in his 50's, Frank, tells me he's going to run a test to make sure it's the starter and won't perform any work until he calls me to tell me what's up. He get's me a ride to work and tells me it should be ready by 4:30.

I get a call and he tells me it's the starter and the exact cost. I then get a call again around 4:00 that's it's ready. damn again...that's quick! They come pick me up, I come back, and my total for the starter, the labor, and the oil change/service was $370. A lot better than I thought!! I told him how much I appreciated his honesty, service and not treating me like an idiot. He says no problem, he has to, that women run 90% of the country. He tells me that I have a 1 Year warranty on the service he just completed, and if anything ever does happen, I get bumped to the top of the waiting. He says he knows he'll get more customers with service like this.

And he's right! I've already told some people in my office about this service. And I do have a couple of local readers here in any of you needing a good, honest mechanic, go to Suddeth Automotive Service. I was very impressed.

Posted by Sissy at June 15, 2005 05:29 PM

I have to mechs. I love my one guy down here, a small pop shop. Unfortunately... everyone loves him. :(

Posted by: Bou at June 15, 2005 09:50 PM

Good mechanics are WAY too scarce.

Honest ones, even more so.

Posted by: Harvey at June 16, 2005 08:54 AM

You certainly have a keeper there!

I only dream of getting service like that.

Posted by: Machelle at June 16, 2005 10:36 AM

Here in America's Third World County™ we have... a tire guy (who's also good with brakes and exhaust) and... well, that's about it.

I barter computer work with my neighbor, a RETIRED mechanic, for advice on our autos, do most things myself. Replace that bumber? No prob. windshield? OK. Brakes? Well XXX is booked solid, so, sure. EGR valve? Wy not... etc. Arrrrgghhhh. Better than having to do the old 100 mile round trip to the next known reliable mechanic... I guess.

Posted by: David at June 16, 2005 05:27 PM