I have been hearing an odd noise in the front left part of my minivan’s engine whenever I would shift between park, reverse and drive. I told Michael about it but he said it was probably nothing. I thought it was something.
So this morning I dropped my car off at a nearby car repair shop that we usually use. I went in and told the guy I was hearing a noise and went out to listen for it with the mechanic. (They think it’s the motor or transmission mounts. They were going to do more investigating and let me know.)
I called my mom as I walked home and told her about my car. I knew what she would say before she said it. “Oh I would never take my own car into the shop. I just know they are going to take advantage of me.”
This is something that I heard a lot growing up. My mother was born in the 1940s and was a young wife in the 1960s. She didn’t deal with plumbers or AC repairmen. She didn’t deal with car repairmen or car dealers because she didn’t want to be taken advantage of.
I don’t think it was just my mom who felt that way. I think it was generational, and I am wondering if women still feel that way?
I deal with plumbers, repair men, the pest control guys. I recently had a handy man to the house to get quotes on repairs. Originally I had planned to surprise Michael with the repairs but in the end I did tell him the guy was coming to the house only because if I got killed I wanted him to know who did it. So I wasn’t afraid I would be taken advantage of from a business stand point but I did think about being killed.
Update to the story: So I just finished writing this when the car repair shop called to tell me what they found. They said two engine mounts were torn and two other were tearing ($812 to repair) but I also needed two new front tires. Michael heard me talking to the guy on the phone and nearly went ballistic about the two new tires. We bought new tires there like 13 months ago that were rated for 35,000. We’ve only been 20,000 miles on them. Michael discussed it with the guy loudly and told him not to touch anything. I called two other shops to get prices on the mounts and found that I could save $200 going elsewhere and then also have them check the tires. So now I will go and uncomfortably pick up my car. So I guess I did need Michael’s help because I probably would have just paid for what they recommended.
So do you think women still worry about being taken advantage of by certain industries? (Maybe computer repair or technology now?) Do you feel confident taking in your own car to the mechanic or dealing with repairmen? Do you feel comfortable taking in your phone, tablet or computer for repairs or to purchase a new one? Do you feel comfortable with car dealers?