Six Things That Make Me Crazy About Car Repairs

My husband dropped the car off this morning on his way to work. La-ti-dah la-ti-dah.  I was the one who needed it later so it was left to me to deal with the repair guy. Okay. No problem.

Then I get a call and there’s some fluid that needs to be replaced. And then another call with another lubing need. Okay. Okay. Or should I say Ka-ching! Ka-ching!

And then the final call-that little thing you brought the car in for in the first place –You know the tire pressure sensor light-oh that was just a dead battery but it will still cost ya! – Ka-ching!

Car repair dealings make me CRAZY! And here are six reasons why:

  • Being taken advantage of because I'm a regular customer – it’s counter intuitive but it’s real. I’ve been going to this same shop for 20 years. I should be treated with deference and discounted service. But no! I get to pay extra for unneeded services.
  • Because I'm a woman it’s a given by every male behind the counter and in the shop repair know I won’t question their authority. (Except I did and so did the woman next to me – so there!)
  • I know nothing about cars. Okay I admit it. It’s true. I wish I had dated a car mechanic at some point in my life or better yet become one myself but I didn't and so I'm stuck feeling vulnerable and insecure.
  • The dealer drives a freaking Maserati and not one of the cheap $60K ones. The one that costs more than my last 5 cars put together. He didn’t make that kind of money by giving me a break.
  • "Upselled" to death. I take my car in for one little thing and three big expensive things later my one little thing looks like a bargain.
  • "Young Lady!" They called me “young lady!” My 23 year-old daughter is a young lady. I’m not and I find it incredibly condescending and frankly ageist to be called a “young lady” by some 30 something sales guy.

So there it is. I should just buy stock in Uber and Lyft and any other service that allows me not to have to deal with cars and their repairs at all!

Jan Craige Singer is co-founder of Konenkii and a cheerleader for aging positively.  She believes in using one’s words as well and as often as possible;  especially when it comes to creating experiences and connections for bold and fearless women.  In her earlier career years she used those words to win Emmys.  She is now on to her next act with Konenkii. Jan and her husband are empty nesters, living outside Boston with their goldendoodle, Petey.  She heads to her home state of Maine whenever possible.

Jan Craige Singer is co-founder of Konenkii and a cheerleader for aging positively.  She believes in using one’s words as well and as often as possible;  especially when it comes to creating experiences and connections for bold and fearless women.  In her earlier career years she used those words to win Emmys.  She is now on to her next act with Konenkii. Jan and her husband are empty nesters, living outside Boston with their goldendoodle, Petey.  She heads to her home state of Maine whenever possible.