Originally Posted by twinboat
Man, greasy mechanics are taking a beating here.
Without us, many of you would be waxing your tires in your driveway, next to all the other stuff you can't fix.
No Sir, no "beating" here. I do appreciate a good, and honest mechanic. However,......there are mechanics, and there are "mechanics" (or "parts replacers"). You know what I mean.
Another thing is,.....some are VERY considerate, and some don't give a damn. I'll give you an example. My recent purchase (pic above) has white leather front seats, and white leather dash board. I understand that the coach had to be started/driven to fix the problem with Aquahot, but........if greasy shoes are worn, drop cloth should've been used, right? If one has black hands, one should not touch white leather. Same goes for the pants,....from the creeper, straight onto the seat.
And if "in the heat of the action" drop cloth, clean hands, gloves, whatever was overlooked, one should at least clean everything behind him, and deliver the vehicle IN THE SAME condition it was dropped off. Is that too much to ask?
On my coach everything cleaned good (I had to do it), but when the customer comes to pick up his ride, black marks on the carpet (they can be seen in the pics above!) and upholstery don't represent the mechanic well. Don't you think? If the mechanic doesn't care what smudges he leaves behind, how can we trust him that he cared to bolt everything back in the right way (torque, for example).
Here in CA, all "shop supplies" are added to the bill (that should include....gloves, rags, hand cleaners, lubricants, seat covers, drop cloth....etc.). We are billed that, but some of the "supplies" are not used!
In my case,.......I tried really hard to find a straight (not by sexual orientation!
), honest, and clean professional to work on my numerous vehicles (I could tell you some horror stories),....no dice. As it is,.....I do EVERYTHING except suspension, exhaust, tires, and tranny service.
When I get to old to drive or fly (I hope to die before that!), I'll get rid of all my vehicles, hire a limo, and a Lear.
No offense meant to you personally, or to your honorable profession.