Friends Of Caveman Circus
You’ve made him angry
Wilt Chamberlain in high school
By Nicholas Tart
- “There are two rules for success. 1) Never tell everything you know.” Roger H. Lincoln
- “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” Vidal Sassoon
- “Every single person I know who is successful at what they do is successful because they love doing it.” Joe Penna
- “Being realistic is the most commonly traveled road to mediocrity.” Will Smith
- “Whenever an individual or a business decides that success has been attained, progress stops.” Thomas J. Watson
- “To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart.” Thomas J. Watson
- “If hard work is the key to success, most people would rather pick the lock.”Claude McDonald
- “Success is simply a matter of luck. Ask any failure.” Earl Wilson
- “The road to success is always under construction.” Arnold Palmer
- “Anything the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” Napoleon Hill
- “Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.” Napoleon Hill
- “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.” Henry Ford
As a former mechanic, here are some repair shop tips:
If you don’t know what you’re talking about, don’t try to pretend that you do. We’ll know.
If you do know what you’re talking about, don’t talk our ears off, and don’t stalk our bay like a vulture. Use your knowledge to tell us exactly what we need to know, stand back, and let us do our job. I’m not saying you shouldn’t keep a watchful eye on your technician if you have the ability to do so, I’m just saying that you shouldn’t hang over their shoulders trying to, for lack of a better phrase, "talk shop" with them. 9 times out of 10, as long as the shop doesn’t have a rule against it, if you ask if you can watch and promise to be quiet, mechanics will gladly let you. Gaining their permission to do so is generally a solid indicator of how confident the shop is in their work, but turning you down does not, on its own, mean they’re running a shady operation. Shops are dangerous as all hell, and something bad can happen before you even realize it.
Call us out. If for any reason you aren’t comfortable with what we’re telling you needs to be done, ask us to show you exactly what we’re talking about. Trustworthy mechanics will practically fall over themselves to give you proof to back up what they’re saying, because earning your trust is their top priority. They will also be extremelyhesitant to do any work before they’re 100% sure you understand what they’re talking about. The shops you need to stay away from will fight you tooth and nail, and will do everything in their power to divert you away from their bullshiet (and, in some extreme cases, will actively push you to authorize the work knowing full well you have no clue what they’re telling you.)
Nearly every mechanic out there has an eidetic memory when it comes to cars and their owners. If you treat us like trash even when we’re being patient and polite, we will remember. That goes the other way as well; if you’re nice to us, we’ll go out of our way to ensure your next experience is as smooth as possible, and if we’re allowed to, will often give you a small discount.
There are very few truly shady shops out there. From my experience, most of the places that seem like they’re trying to rip you off are actually just piss-poor operations that don’t have people skilled in the delicate art of customer service. No time are people more testy and more defensive than they are with their vehicles. Combine that with a general lack of customer service, and honest ignorance can easily look like a willful act of fraud. That said, trusting mechanics with the life of you and your family yet treating them all like moronic swindlers is not a polite thing to do. Bootyume that they are trustworthy, until they give you a reason to believe otherwise.
With that in mind, you know how I said that we remember if you’re a jerk or not? Shady places also remember if you’re gullible or not. They’ll essentially outright lie to you, and if you buy what they’re selling, shablam…they’ve got a stooge for life. Given the nature of shady shops, they don’t require a large number of customers, just a cadre of very gullible ones. As other posters have mentioned in the comments though, it’s extremely rare to find a shady person working in an otherwise squeaky-clean shop, as they get run out pretty quickly. As a general rule, either the whole shop is crooked, or the whole shop is on the up and up.