Dear Diana, 5/22/19
I am going to imagine my concern may sound a little paranoid, so please bear with me. I am a single woman in my 40’s and drive a 12 year old car. Like most everyone, I’m sure, my car has its own set of noises and clunks. Each time I hear a new one, it sends me into a panic. I never know if I should worry about the noises or if they are just part of an aging car. A mechanic, I am not. I don’t have anyone in my life who can help me out when my car acts up.
Ultimately, I end up taking the car in for servicing, but always fear I am being taken advantage of. Sometimes I think I am being too hard on the service stations, and sometimes I am just not sure. I have no doubt that I come across as clueless as I actually am when it comes to cars. I am looking for your thoughts on how to reduce my stress level over all this.
Car concerns are very real! Anyone with a car, or multiple cars in many cases understands your woes. There are over 7.4 million vehicles registered in the state of Minnesota. This translates to lots of car related worries and headaches. So, you are definitely not alone. Suffice it to say that anything mechanical is going to eventually wear out, require attention, maintenance, repairs and replacements, all of which come at a cost. There is no way around this.
Trusting the service station when you need to bring your car in to be fair with you is totally reasonable. Getting yourself to a place where you can feel that trust seems like your goal. My best advice to you is to do any or all of these things to help reinforce your confidence in an auto mechanic or service station, hopefully, near by where you live or work.
Readers: Tell us what YOU think! Many women (any men!) are faced with conquering similar stresses over trusting an auto mechanic. Maybe something you can suggest can be helpful, as well. Please use the comment section below to share your thoughts.