How to Talk to a Mechanic

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Reader Comments (33)

Nice poses in panels 2 and 4.

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZach

This is even funnier to me, because my dad is a mechanic XD

My dad is, maybe, way too decent...

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterUkiby

I wish to hear more about the sobbing myself.

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKirby-oh

The last panel really cracked me up! Good job!! :D

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLenny

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Panel 2 pretty much sums up my relationship with my mechanic.

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterB1

The mechanic's colouration seems... backgroundy. A little strange. But still top-notch.

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRoger

What, Roger? You don't think that light blue skinned people can be mechanics? Maybe next time you need your car repaired you should try fixing it with RACISM!!!

And yeah, this comic was great all the way. I love the figurative you being someone other than you.

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJorgo

I don't know about "light blue skinned" but now that you two mention it, Scott and Missy DO look REALLY REALLY white, compared to the mechanic. Interesting choice, coloring in any character, even just the tiniest little bit.

Scott, I really appreciate this comic, because I, as a single woman living in Los Angeles, have discovered that finding a mechanic you can trust is as difficult as finding a mate (here, if nowhere else on the planet)... which means all of us single women who haven't managed to date a mechanic get suckered into buying or leasing NEW vehicles just for the damn warranty! It sux... and I think I'd like your mechanic, if he lived out here instead of in sunny Florida. Not that I need him - since I have four more years on my warranty. :P

March 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBI Fan

not all mechanics are crooks but it is the profession perhaps. my old merc was perfectly fine because i had an excellent mechanic. he was pricey, but he was good and i trusted him. i believed him and did not look at the bills. if he fixed it, you did not have to go back to him for the SAME problem. but he changed after 4 years. for one problem, he told me that he changed the oil pump and after a couple of months, the same story. once he said that he changed a part and when i asked him to show it, that part had accumulated dust of weeks!

i switched to another mechanic who was also very skilled. he too was quite honest until after an year, when he began to play fast and loose.

not to blame the whole lot, but those who become crooks are otherwise honest folk who lose their principles under stress. in both cases above, the mechanics were under tremendous pressure of a failing business.

inspite of everything, people are good at heart. i hope...

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteranonymous

I personally know my mechanic and he will tell me if there is something wrong with my car of if I don't need any service at all. He is a business owner like me and is sick of the pathetic practice of scamming people into spending more money on repairs they don't need.

My late grandfather always used to tell me: "Make sure that among your best friends you have a doctor, a lawyer and a mechanic"

When it comes to mechanics, politicians and car salesmen, you know there are a few good men out there, but you have a better chance of getting hit by lightning twice than to see one of these good men in your lifetime.

Well it works.

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPolite Citizen

Mechanics, in my experience, have always been condescending and hungry for upsellls. So BOO!

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterno

... and this is why I believe it's more important than many folks give credit, to learn at least the basics about the operation of an automobile. The more educated one is, the harder it is to be a victim of fraud by an unethical mechanic.

That said, there's more good ones than bad ones, and there is no justification in being overly skeptical of your mechanics actions without just cause. The problem is accurately identifying whether or not there is cause, which goes back to being educated. While it may not be overly interesting to you, the knowledge can only benefit.

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrains

Not all are crooks, but let's just put it this way - it's reallyy really really really ^999e hard to find a mechanic that doesn't:
a) madly overprice parts (something like $20 * wholesale price)
b) charge exorbitantly to fix an otherwise simple issue
c) charge relatively low fee, but jacks up the amount of hours worked to increase the cost
d) sell lemon or used parts or parts soon to be voided by warranties

March 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTelevision Voyeur

you ought to look at your video settings because there's no blue there.
you're either running a crt over 6500k in color temperature or you're running a cheap lcd.

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercnt

I'm sorry, did I miss the group therapy session again?

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergrum

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Point at the engine and say that that thingy is not working as it should.

April 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterslide scanner

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The mechanic looks a different color because he's covered in grease, duh! Having said that, I loved my mechanic when I had an American car. Now that I have a German car, he's not so good.

April 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermombalabamba

hahah, this cartoon made my day

April 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteram fm radio headphone

I really wish I could charge the "IMF" to some of the customers I have to deal with.

April 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEric

I'd love to see a revised version of this for Tech Support. :)

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChris

had a really good laugh - this cartoon made my day. haha

ahahahaha really funny cartoon m8 :)) keep it up !

August 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlpn online

nice cartoon - it got me cracking :)

September 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermercury barometer

Rare or not, an honest, *competent* mechanic is worth their weight in gold. I have one I trust implicitly here in my hometown, but when I moved into the city for a year, having to find someone else hurt badly. I'd estimate that I spent an extra $200+ on my last repair because they addressed the wrong problem and told me my car was okay to drive.

When I moved back home, the first thing I did was take my car to my old mechanic and tell them how much I love them.

November 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRadien

He may be worth his weight in gold, but I bet you would freak if he made you pay it!! 200 lbs of gold is a LOT of money....

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDa Linz

Yes, the cartoon is very funny. Some of the comments are a bit baffling. It always amazes me that folks who have absolutely no idea what is involved in running a repair facility, or fixing a car for that matter, can determine what is fair and what is a rip-off. Having been in the independent repair of European Cars for 37 years, 31 of which have been spent in business owner and managership, I do feel qualified to comment. How is $20.00 over wholesale "madly overpriced"? Do you have any idea how much a pair of Levis are marked up? Most repair facilities lose or break even on parts once warranty factors in. Did you know that when a part fails under warranty that the parts vendor does NOTHING to cover the diagnosis or labor involved? Not to mention potential towing, rental cars and loss of goodwill.
I also find the comment regarding a mechanics ethics being compromised due to the stress of failing business. Gee, could the business be failing because he didn't charge enough in the first place? The vast majority of independent mechanics undercharge or do not charge for all the time they spend on a job. This is in part due to lack of business savvy and an essential sense of fairness. The fact is that this is a very expensive business to run; equipment, training, insurance, rent, health care, etc. are all killers. Notwithstanding, this is a tough profession! It's hard on the body, challenging on the mind and ever-changing due to regulations and technological advances.
Some day you guys are going to be looking for help from an honest mechanic only to find that they have gone on to an easier, more lucrative profession. When that day comes, have fun at the dealer!

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTim

"But I haven't described the sobbing yet."

I cracked up on that line.

May 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersnafubar

I've heard that it helps to pick a mechanic who's very busy, like you have to wait a long time for them to get around to your car busy. Inconvenient, but if they have that much business, they don't have an incentive to invent fictitious problems to pretend to fix. And perhaps the reason they have so much business is that they're good, of course.

March 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterProtagoras
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