Snowed In

It’s winter, it’s cold and there are mounds of snow on the ground. I’m sitting here in my office (which btw, is cold, in this business we’re not like normal people with nice warm offices) and I’m listening to one of my suppliers talking to my partner.  They’re discussing how slow it is because in NYC people don’t really need to move their cars when alternate side street parking has been suspended due to the snow on the ground.  This particular vendor is telling him how certain shops are not as “slow” because almost every vehicle that comes in for a small problem are being sold many parts that they don’t need.  Of course I find this surprising and shocking….HA! NOT IN THE LEAST!


Let me just keep this warning simple, if you go to a repair shop and are being told that you need an alternator, battery AND a starter, chances are you’re being taken. Will I say that this never happens, no, it can happen but it’s very rare. If that happens then do your due diligence, have them show you each item and have them explain how it’s failing. Of course an experienced BS’er will have an answer for everything, but the more you ask and the more knowledgeable you are the less you will be taken for a ride.

This works in every aspect of your life, be nice, be calm, but be very inquisitive and don’t be satisfied until it’s explained to your liking.


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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