Tales of the Blue Oval

Several times a week, I hear from people who would cut off one arm rather than visit an actual auto dealer. This is not one of them:

[T]he mechanics they have — or at least the “customer facing” guys — seem to be pretty good and pretty professional. (The guy I worked with was “Freddie” but I am guessing that wasn’t his actual given name but a name he adopted so Americans can pronounce it). But anyway: would definitely use again. They may be a bit more expensive than the budget places but based on some stuff people have said about the budget places in town, I don’t trust those, and I figure if these guys are at least operating under the Ford flag, if they donk something up, Ford will expect them to make it right.

Rather a lot of the dealerphobes don’t even trust the budget places in town; they throw themselves at the mercy of the message boards, pleading for assistance, and then hunt up YouTube for a how-to, as though they have the slightest idea what they’re watching. Alternatively, they run to AutoZone to get codes pulled for free, and then start stocking up on any parts mentioned or even suggested, because they’d rather throw $600 worth of parts at a problem than spend $125 on a proper diagnostic.


  1. fillyjonk »

    20 February 2019 · 7:21 pm

    I wonder if it’s people who either think they can cheap out, or think it’s somehow “unmanly” to get a real mechanic to do it. Me, I know what I don’t know, and one thing I don’t know is cars, so I’d just as soon pay the money for someone who is supposed to know what he’s doing (and is working under the auspices of a company that SHOULD back up their mechanics’ work).

    And I’ve had good luck in recent years with this dealership, so I trust them.

    But yeah, I have known people who’d spend $500 and a couple Saturdays trying to shade-tree it, when they could have just hired a guy and paid maybe half that.

  2. McGehee »

    20 February 2019 · 8:51 pm

    Mrs. McG found a local mostly-imports garage to work on her ’88 Honda shortly after we arrived in town 19½ years ago. We’ve been taking our vehicles there — by six different manufacturers — through two ownership changes (the first was to a partnership between the original owner and the current one).

    Now that our cars are newer though, they’re needing less work, and that’s mostly been recall work only dealerships can do.

    We got treated well one one recall repair each on three cars at their three respective dealerships, but a second recall fix on my car has proved hard to schedule; it even took almost a year before I got unmixed info on whether the fix was available. Still haven’t had it done.

    I like that the cars hold up so much better these days. I don’t like that they seem to be building the flaws in at the factory.

  3. The Other McCain »

    21 February 2019 · 7:50 am

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  4. jsallison »

    21 February 2019 · 7:33 pm

    I’ve been taking my rides to a local Firestone for a coupla decades now. I could take a tank apart, put it back together and have parts left over ;) I don’t do cars.

    There’s a Firestone on NW10th in OKC iirc that I stay away from. Went to them for a flat and they finger tightened the lug nuts and called it good. Fortunately I caught that before bad things happened because I hit some road debris that trashed the other front tire, at which time I found out that very same establishment’s wrench monkey had impact wrenched an offsize lugnut on an earlier visit. A helpful OHP flagged down a passing truck that happened to have just the right tool to snap it off. I discovered the loose lugs doing a walkaround whilst waiting for an assist.

    Commuting from Lawton everyday I can’t afford to fart around with maintenance.

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