5 Things You Should Never Say to a Mechanic

5 Things You Should Never Say to a Mechanic


rev up your engines,
today I’m going to show you five things that you should never say to a mechanic,
and the first thing is never say, I’m going to watch you while you fix my car,
years ago little old lady brought a car over here
for me to work on and she said, oh I don’t have anywhere to go, I’ll sit here and watch
while you fix my car, so I’m working on her car and then she says, Oh shouldn’t
you be doing, and I came up and I rolled my eyes at her and she said, oh I guess I
shouldn’t come and you’re the mechanic realize that a true mechanic has to concentrate his whole self when he’s fixing a car, you don’t want to be distracting him by standing there watching, now the next thing not to say your mechanic is, oh I
brought my own parts, can you put them on for me, there’s too much liability over,
is it the right par,t is it going to fit, is it a quality part, mechanics we know
where to get good parts, let us do it don’t bring your own, or you’re going to
chase a good mechanic away, lets face it you go to a restaurant you don’t come in
with ham and eggs, and say could you make me an omelet,
same thing with parts and a mechanic fixing your car, but if you do want to
buy your own parts, great you can also fix your own car, a lot of guys do
it, that what I’m here to show people how to half the time, now the
next thing not to do is, don’t tell your mechanic any lies about your car, tell
them the truth about what happened so he can figure out what’s wrong the quickest,
when I was a young mechanic working with my grandfather who was a mechanic, my sister
said oh my Buick is shaking all the time have grandpa look at it, so grandpa
couldn’t figure out what was wrong, he’s checking stuff, couldn’t figure out why
it’s shaking, so I said to my sister what’d you do to your car, she said I was
following my boyfriend and he went off the road into a ditch and I went to a
ditch, so suddenly my grandfather go look I think she bent the drive shaft going into a
ditch and she did, a good mechanic wants to fix your car as soon as possible and
as quickly as possible, tell them the truth, we don’t care what you’ve done to
your car, we’re not making any judgment on you, we just want to get your car
fixed and get on to the next one, now the next thing never to say your mechanic is,
use the cheapest parts you can, because there is a difference between really
cheap part and quality parts, for example many computer parts sensors or computers
on a car, your best using OEM the original equipment manufacturer, you
don’t have to buy it at the dealer that has the highest price, you can find them other places, but
for parts like that you want to make sure you got a quality part, you don’t
want to just buy some cheap knockoff from China half the time they don’t work,
and yes today it’s a hard job figuring out which are good and which are bad, I’ve been doing it for the last 50 years I still have to learn every day some
companies get bought out by another one and then put out junk, some new companies
come up make good stuff mechanics know about this stuff and so
we’ll get you the good ones, don’t just go oh that’s the cheapest one I’m going to
buy it, and the last thing never to say to a good mechanic is, oh take your
time I’m in no hurry, because if you say so, a good mechanic is always busy and almost all the other customers are
going to say I’m in a real big hurry get it fixed as fast as you can, and if
you say you aren’t in a hurry, you might get lost in the shuffle and it’s going to
take way too long to get your car fixed just tell them you know, I want it fixed,
fix it in the correct amount of time, do a good job and use quality parts, so now
you know what never to say to mechanics and believe me if you follow this, you’re
going to be a lot happier and your mechanic is going to be happier too, so if you
never want to miss another one of my new car repair videos remember to ring that
Bell!

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  2. Glad I live in small town Texas where I can buy a part from the local shop and they will install it if I bring them lunch😂

  3. The shop that worked on my truck last week really made me mad. Had them do a prepurchase inspection and got a quote on what all it needed. $2.6k in repairs. Said two to three days. Called several times. They never called me with updates. Took them a week and a half. They couldn't get the u joints on so they sent the driveshaft somewhere else. I finally go to get the truck and they give me a $3.1k invoice. Never called about any extra charges. I thought I was going to get a discount for the long delay, then boom $500 more. Took 25 minutes of heavy arguing before I got him to go down to the original cost. I paid for the inspection to know these things before I bought the truck. Never using them again. Charging me $2.3k or even $2.5k would be hurting his business too much, but he won't get another penny from me on this truck or any other vehicles I own.

  4. You forgot, "my husband, friend, boyfriend etc) said this is what's wrong". I don't know how many times I heard that and "whoever" was wrong.
    I do know of one instance where the customer was correct but it was my girlfriend at the time. Unfortunately they didn't listen to her but that's another story. I told her she should not have said I told her what was wrong, because I automatically dismissed comments like that myself and look for things other than what they said was wrong.
    Fyi we lived 30 miles away from each other and the car needed to be towed or I would have fixed it myself.

  5. Strange. My mechanic actually recommends bringing my own parts. He usually says go to RockAuto for parts or even the dealer for things like starter plug, transmission oil, engine oil, air filters etc.
    He does say buy either OEM or premium quality ones

  6. Always tell them that your a lawyer, criminal prosecutor, tv reporter, local government advisor, journalist, president of a motorcycle gang or work for the fair trade commission. No guarantees but you increase your chances of receiving minimal standard practice service that all trades have. Old school tradies give above standard because they want a good reputation in the community for more business.

  7. The one, and only time I told a shop to take their time, I waited 27 days for a tie rod to get replaced and then I got hit with a $48 a day storage fee for each day it was there

  8. I supply my own parts. 3x markup on parts is BS, damn near a scam. I also watch my mechanic work, but I don’t comment on his work when I’m the one who hired him.

  9. A mechanic is a service, not a wholesaler, Ask for the part number and buy it yourself. easily save a 30% mark up

  10. I usually go in to get the free evaluation of my car at fire stone. Then I buy exactly what I need to fix my own car. :].

  11. If it needs diagnostic work. DROP IT OFF! Dont wait for it. If your waiting…you will wait…maybe even longer cause you stupid.

  12. I've had a dealership mechanic install parts I've brought, he had no problem with it. I've even brought oil to the oil change shop and have them change it with no problem

  13. Funny how Scotty says don't tell your mechanic to use the cheapest parts possible, but at a parts store mechanics say the exact same thing

  14. . . . Why would you stare at your mechanic while he is working? The guys who work on my car I want their focus on my car, not on entertaining me.

  15. if youre anything like me and you make 8.50 and need to do engine work. you ARE the mechanic haha. I needed a new pcv valve and i did no research on replacing it. I just knew one had to come off and the new $47 part (yes a $47 pcv valve) had to go on. Learned the hard way those little hoses that i thought would be a good idea to remove at operating temperature were coolant lines 🙂 my hands are still red

  16. Actually I brought the parts to the mechanic. I explained to him that I was going to do the work myself BUT the old parts were so corroded I couldn't get them off and I didn't have the needed tools to do it. I showed him the parts I already bought and he saw they were name brand quality parts and he had no problem with using them. He did the job in 30 minutes and charged a very reasonable price for his labor. I also noticed he did extra preventative maintenance on my battery and maybe other things which was on the other side of the car. Job was to replace the right and left rear brake lines. Right blew out, left looked just as bad so do both. I bought O.E.M. lines but I just couldn't get the old ones off. He's getting my business. Neighborhood mechanic been there for 37 years. My own Scotty.

  17. Most mechanics run a scam. They buy parts from a supplier that overcharges greatly for the parts, they get a kick back for using that supplier, and the customer pays for all the overcharges.

  18. My buddy is always fixing something on his cars. Last time I was over there he was doing wheel bearings and brakes. He said where do you get your parts these days? I looked at him and said I haven't had to fix anything on my cars since 2005. That's when I started leasing Toyota SUVs and now Toyota Tundras. He said oh that sounds expensive. Yeah I said my lease rate is 0%

  19. That's good advice. I used to be a mechanic and can say that you are spot on with everything that you have just said in this video.

  20. Bringing your own parts to install is like bringing your own popcorn to the theater and  then asking the popcorn person to pop it for you.  Won't work out too well.

  21. The entire matter depends on the specific mechanic. e.g. some have insane mark-up on parts, others don't.
    I recently went to one that didn't have a big mark-up but high labor costs. I guess it was in the middle.

  22. Here in romania if you want to have the car to be actualy done and not wait weeks, you wait your mechanic to do it, and yes you do bring your own parts, you will be chargedmore for the work but you know you wont have those parts charged 2 times its cost

  23. If your Ecm goes out in your car will it still crank and will it still send to the fual pump ? My car has a crank but no start issue my belt cracked and there was the belt wire hitting everything

  24. If you know what you’re doing, purchase your own parts to save time not money.

    Mechanics get discount from main dealers, half price at times. If they’re decent, they’ll pass on the savings

  25. Jajajaaaa i am not a mechanic but my father teach me a lot to keep my vehicles up to standard and running I help a lot of people I tell them I am not a mechanic but I have knowledge I like to learn an I hear a lot of what you are talking in this video it made my day

  26. if you're doing big repairs on your car let the mechanic pick the parts because if it got broken he will fix it on his money 😅☻

  27. I mechanic that would get mad at you for buying your own Parts is a mechanic cares only about the markup he was going to make off of the part he would buy. Something you can get at an auto parts store for $10 he or she can get at the same auto parts store but for some reason it's going to cost them $90 to get the same exact part.

  28. Many restaurants in Fl will cook the fish that you caught, they still charge a pretty penny. Since the fish is the primary expense, they probably make more money with you supplying the fish.

  29. I have great local mechanics. They encourage you to bring your on parts to save you money. But you have to know what your car needs first.

  30. I know you're a 5 star mechanic Scotty! But some mechanics will mark up charges on parts slickly! That's why some get mad when you bring your own! Because you lessen their profits! 🤣🤣🤣

  31. These people in the comments payin $100 for a pair of sneakers that cost $15 to make and complain about a mechanic making $30 off a part that costs $400 lmao

  32. Totally agree. All of this is totally legit. No matter how embarrassing your story is, think of us technicians as doctors. We've heard it all before, and simply want to fix you right the first time, and get you driving again. For me, it was always less about pay, more about resolving the problem. (But I'll still judge you silently.)

  33. Says in this video "don't bring your own parts" says in another video "I keep a spare fuel pump in the trunk so I don't have to pay a marked up price"

  34. I had a friend go to a shop and he told them to check over his car and fix anything they deemed necessary. I'd maybe say that to a mechanic I'm friends with and know I can trust, but doing that at a shady shop, by the time they're done, they'll want to practically replace the entire car with new parts. You should have seen the bill they gave him. I'm pretty sure he went in to get the brakes done, but ended up getting $3,000 worth of work done.

  35. Never wear a suit to a mechanic. Turn up in old clothes with holes in your shoes and don't wash for weeks. If they think you have a few bucks, you'll also "need" the other parts you weren't expecting, replaced on your vehicle.

  36. Find a local car enthusiast group on Facebook or another website. Ask around for good honest mechanics.

    My mechanic lets me bring my own parts and doesn't care. Also he's cool as hell.

    Usually charges 50$ for allignments but, he said it wasn't that bad so he only charged me 30$!

  37. Yeas A Go I Bring OEM Parts To Put it On My Car At Chapman Auto Repair In Orange Instead They Put Made In China And Everyrhing Broke Apart After A Month U Got Be Kidding Me Not To Ask If They Are OEM Cuz Everything Mede In China U Know Is Jonk Scotty 😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡

  38. It’s not like shops mark up prices of parts to 200% of what they’re actually worth or anything sleazy like that..

  39. my papaw was a master mechanic and he completely agrees but he let the older women watch or the younger kids to watch and he’d tell them what he’s doing

  40. I don't know about letting them buy the parts because I can do the research if needed to buy the right ones. I can buy the serpentine belts, tires, doors, alternators, spark plugs, engine mounts etc with no problems. Now if I'm installing a new transmission/parts for it ill let them handle that. 70% of the mechanics around town will take advantage of me if I don't show any smarts. I've gotta make sure to find the right one so that I don't get burned.

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