How to Talk to a Mechanic (rerun)

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Reader Comments (20)

Some love for those of us with the wrenches! This mohawked mechanic appreciates it, my good man.

April 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSav


how topical...we've gotten $1800 in repair bills for our two cars in two days

April 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSpamCannon

Ha ha! Love the defeated pose in panel 2, subtle, yet clearly different from panel 1.

April 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOwen

Sounds about right.

Oh, and you can repair/replace a window elevator at home. I've done it and I'm not even that mechanically inclined.

April 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjh

This one is especially funny to me, as I worked several years at a repair center for a certain large retailer whose name rhymes with 'beers.' They often did the same things described in the comic, such as acting like we should instantly know the cause of the problem ("It's not starting." "Well, we charge so much to look at it" "What? Don't you know what's wrong already?" "No, it could be several things in the engine." "But I told you it's not starting! It's a [insert famous brand name here]! Doesn't that tell you anything?" Me: *Strains to keep from slamming face into the desk* )

Then there's the types who do indeed act as if you're out to "get" them. It ain't my fault UPS charges money to deliver the part you put on special order. No, I'm not going to waive the shipping fee. Yes, we're going to charge $5 to ship a $3 part. Why? Because UPS charges minimum of $5 on all orders, and we still have to cover our own costs regarding packaging materials, so we're actually losing money on that. I'm sorry that in the REAL WORLD THINGS COST MONEY but I'm going to have to charge you shipping and handling if I want to keep my job.

Now I work at Wally World stocking shelves at night, and I get paid more to do less with less responsibility. Decent repair people don't get enough respect. Jerk repair people who charge too much and/or do a poor job should be dragged into the street and beaten. Severely.

April 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

my my, all panels WIN!

April 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrembai

Gaaaaa! I feel like I am in a time warp. I (re)read this in your book a week ago (yes, going thru my second reading). Today, I am trying to schedule time to get my vehicle in for an alignment.

April 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAC

Ha, panel four. Priceless.

April 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEric

Still a great comic. Panel 3 especially.

April 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

the fourth panel in this one was really funny! awesome strip today

April 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCharlieR

Don't forget about the Boat Payment!

Why yes, I do listen to "Car Talk".

April 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChris S.

Ah, the elusive excellent-punchline-in-every-panel cartoon; only found at Basic Instructions. Absolutely brilliant.

As a former mechanic, I thank you for your public service message!

April 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

This is so right on! I've worked the front desk of arepair shop for years, and I've experienced Panels 2 and 3 multiple times :)

April 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterService_Manager_In_Hell

Hahaha... when I used to work at a print shop we actually had a line item called PITA Fee, which we added for particularly... special customers. See if you can guess what PITA stands for :-P

April 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdagfooyo

Rerun Yes and what? it is still one of the best strips out there :D

I've had and seen this context repeat so many times...

April 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCornh

This was posted a day ago, and there is a distinct lack of comments. Consider this my contribution towards the rectification of this problem:

"I lol'd."

April 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDale

Said IMF also crippled Asia back in '97.
So that explains why Korean cars are still so shoddy in quality I suppose?

April 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Damn. Reintroducing Rodney the Mechanic is all the more poignant now that we know he's doomed. Stop toying with our heartstrings, you fiend!

April 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Skubinna

For every thief out there, there are many, many honest mechanics, and branding them all as thieves should add a penalty onto the bill. The best defense against a dishonest mechanic is a knowledgeable customer. Still, you should show some respect - it doesn't matter how smart you are, if you could fix it yourself, you wouldn't be bothering your mechanic.

And don't complain because the mechanic is busy. *All* good mechanics are busy. Beware the mechanic who is sitting around, twiddling his thumbs. Better to wait a day or three and get the job done right the first time.

April 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

Can't believe you....If you told me that this person work for toyota dealer as a mechanic for more than 40 years.And he is the best.,How come when you charge me with the oil change and all the thing he does to my car nothing has realy being change.My oil filter still pronto oil filter.My air intake never been open and so on., to much to tell.Please dont tell me your santa clause next time.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbert

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