May 21, 2010


I Think I'm Turning Vietnamese...

....I really think so...

This is a hoot. A while back, I wrote an auto column about how to find a good mechanic. A site in Vietnam has translated the column onto their site. You can read the original here (as if you missed it - heh), but this is fun.

Driving along the Experts: Tips to find a good garage

If you have a car, this is a critical question. It fixed the car of your care. It affects the level of safety, the life of the vehicle and the amount you pay after the car journey home. Like finding a salary and health trust, that relationship can last - and protected - throughout your life.

So how do I find a good garage? Here are the tips of Lorraine Sommerfeld - automotive experts writing about the Toronto Star.
Ask around. See also the best way to advertise for a mechanic. Consult your friends who really believe in these different areas. If you think that your brother-in-law is a wild guy huyenh, ask someone else's answer because he certainly does not make you happy.

Interview. Please go and see how you are welcome. First call, but must come before your car is broken and ask some questions. It will not clean? If it is clean, a good mechanic is always keep your garage clean and organized his tools in a tidy. A computer system is updated regularly as important factors in the care of your vehicle. It will check the car and remind you when something unusual. It helps the work of the garage repair occurs more rapidly and also good for you when prompted at the right time.

Be realistic. You need a garage where you can change the car to be. Ideally, it's near where you live or work. Check the vehicle periodically, often will reduce the costs incurred when the car suddenly having problems, so bond with the garage you trust a certain period of time to bring the car to check. This leads to the next tip.

Development relationship. Let's compare these scenarios. You are driving on the road, it emits squeaks chattering as concrete mixers. You think who is generous to run immediately to help you? As a mechanic guy to ask you often change oil, check your car or sports guy that has any great sports on the program guide on TV car repairs?

Check the waiting room. This place needs a clean and comfortable. It need not be a luxury room with full facilities, but there should be a price for the new magazine and newspaper publishing day.

Glance where workers regularly work. I would expect several things in the car will work with their beloved. A friendly face - a face channel style can have many implications, but the vast majority of those employed are uncomfortable. I want people to work with his car a fun way.

Uniforms - the car will make working with clothes always dirty. A good garage has always provided the labor of their uniforms clean.

Training. This is a two-way street. Please do a little research on your vehicle. You should have a file containing all data collected about it. Please read the manufacturer's instructions (my guess is you retain it, in the bathroom for example), understand the maintenance of the plants (producers and agents is not consistent with each other - do not fill services not necessary), and understand that such things as tires, brakes, and belts are not permanent map. A good mechanic will explain to you how kind they should do with your car before you start. If he refused to clarify things for you, driving away.

Be fair. No one likes to hear bad news. A relationship is going well will lead to best results, because your car will need much more money to maintain over time you use it. While you are making the right questions and consider alternative measures, please pay for the services provided, including whether they are quoted you how to conduct.

Communication, training and prevention. Those are things you should remember when looking for a "doctor" good for your car.


I know it's fallen victim to the Google translater (after it's been through one translation already) but it still made me laugh. And be totally flattered that someone thought it was worth running half a world away.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is too funny!
Don't they have to ask your permission before they do something like that?

May 21, 2010 12:22 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

"Don't they have to ask your permission before they do something like that?"

Haaaahahahahahahhahahahaa!

Yes.

Do they?

Never.

May 21, 2010 12:24 PM  
Anonymous buzzwhack said...

Lorraine Somerfeld brought to you by Babelfish. Reminds me of my Japense pressings Beatles albums with "translated lyrics." Its a whole new song! Maxwell's Silver Hammer yikes became a risque number thanks to poor Rose and Valerie screaming in the gallery only they left out the
letter "s"! I kid you not. Led Zeppelin Four became all about the Lord of the Rings. Sigh.

May 21, 2010 2:00 PM  
Blogger OmemeeOzzie said...

Rights... hate dealing with and then enforcing same. Pain in the neck yet sometimes necessary -- especially with bigger long-standing ones.

May 21, 2010 2:01 PM  

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