Neither Borrows or Lenders Be…..

One of the best ways that I know of to get into an argument with one of your nearest and dearest family and friends is to either borrow or lend out a vehicle. Whenever I hear the words “I lent my car to my friend” or “I’m going to lend it to my cousin” a slight chill runs through me. Now I know many
of you are generous souls and it seems perfectly reasonable to help out someone in need, but let’s just get this on the record. I HIGHLY ADVISE AGAINST IT.

Here’s a couple of scenarios that I constantly see. A customer calls up and says, I lent my car out and now the front end is making a funny noise, can you possibly  tell me if the problem was there before or is it something my friend did?”. Or, “I lent my car to my brother and he hit someone but says it’s my fault because the brakes were faulty, is that true?” Or, “I lent my car out and now there’s a
scratch on the side door and I know it wasn’t there before, what should I do?” There’s really not much to say to them because by this point they realize they’ve made a grave mistake. Usually I can’t resist a little shake of my head while smiling (I never claimed to be a saint).

Whenever I have the chance to chime in ahead of time my sage advice is
to do what I do. Only lend out your car:

  1. To someone who gives the same level of care to their things that you give to yours.
  2. To someone who can afford to repair any damage they incur.
  3. To someone who will NOT moan and groan that “it wasn’t their fault.”
  4. To anyone that for whatever reason, you have no choice but to lend it to them (maybe in an emergency?)

Failing all those tests. Don’t do it. It’s really not worth the headache.


About dontgetwrenched

Elayne Kling, was the owner of a downtown Manhattan auto repair shop for 25 years and recently in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Elayne knows the particular ins and outs of the auto repair world and keeps up her blog because people will always need help navigating the potential pitfalls of that world. Due to the crazy NYC real estate market she has since closed down her shop and started a new business called Projects Unlimited Inc., helping other small businesses.
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