Yes but it depends upon the mechanic. Any mechanic that will do it to a woman will probably do it to a non mechanical man too. If it is something you're really worried about I would study about the basic mechanics of an automobile including its electronic system to be somewhat familiar what the dynamics that it takes to work on vehicles. Vehicles are often like humans these days as they're very complicated. However some are very simple especially the older ones. There is a truck that someone told me about unless you have to remove the cab in order to access the back part of the engine. I know there is a car in which you have to have to pull the engine in order to change the spark plug. What I suggest is it you take a friendly knowledgeable mechanical man or woman with you when you go to shop for a car. Make sure that the engine is easily accessible. One thing I can tell you about vehicles is that if you can find the old Jeep Liberty, Grand Cherokee, they are much easier to access. I imagine SUVs and larger trucks overall that may have smaller engines in them are easier for mechanics to access and therefore would be easier to work upon. As for oil changes $30 is a good price, especially with a high price of oil these days. I always counsel to new couples these days teach their kids basic mechanical skills whether those children are girls or boys. I will give them a sense of whether they are getting shafted by the mechanic in the future.
Yes. Men too. I recommend taking a mechanical/car class, even if you have no desire to go into the field, so you can know what you are talking about. I pissed a mechanic off one day because he tried to rip off two of my shipmates (both male) and my girlfriend at the time. They said the calipers were damaged beyond repair and that the brake pads, rotors and calipers had to be replaced and that it would cost over $2000 EACH car, totaling $6000. I bought the brake pads and rotors for about $200 per car, $600 total. I looked at the calipers personally when the mechanic took us back to the cars and said the calipers were rusted. I pointed out that it was brake dust and that the calipers were fine. I also pointed out that we did not need to pay for parts because I supplied the parts, which I bought from their online store. So the only thing they could charge for was labor, which cost $75 per car, or $225 altogether. Not saying that to brag, but to show how, with the right knowledge and a firm attitude you can protect yourself and others. I was able to do this because a good friend of mine taught me the basics about cars, and that friend was a female. lol Whenever she goes to a mechanic she always floors them with her knowledge.
I believe it based on the fact that many believe women know nothing about their cars. My mother went in to find out about her brakes, the mechanic calls my father about wanting to do additional work, my father agrees without asking for the price (stupid) and the mechanic charges my mom an additional hundred dollars for cleaning out several bolts.1) The mechanic should have called my mother, but I feel like he knew my father was stupid.2) If I was my mother, I would have argued and not paid since it was her car and she did not consent to it.
Yes, My mum bought a new car and It needed two spark plugs, they cost her around 500 when really her ex boyfriend when they bought it up said, that their garage only charges 140 for two new spark plugs, They also did it with one of the filters, It needed fixing not replacing, but anything to get you to buy a part right?
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They try to take advantage of everyone. Men just challenge them more often. For example I went in for 4 tires and the dude that wrote up the work order put all kinds of bullshit in there to try and con me. The time slot shifted and a new manager came in by the time the work was done, I challenged it with him and everything was stripped off the bill except the 4 tires and it was turned into buy 3 tires get 1 free. Women are more likely to just play a doormat so they get taken advantage of more often.
It depends what kind of shop we're talking about. I mean if a mechanic directly makes money off your repairs he'll take anyone for a ride that he feels he can get away with it not just women. Beyond that it depends in which way he's fleecing you. Many parts on cars are disposable anymore. So for example you may need a part replaced. And another that may need to be replaced soon. Well rather than tell you that the mechanic will tell you you need both replaced. And to make things worse let's say they're in the same area and some parts need to be removed to get to them. He can replace them both at the same time. But they'll still count them as separate repairs just so the can charge you twice the labor. I'm far from a mechanic but i do have some automotive knowledge. And i AutoMD. com it'll tell you the avg. Cost of parts and how much labor so you can research any repair your mechanic is doing. And determine if you're being overcharged.
It isn't just women. There are mechanics that regardless of the gender of the customer, if they think you don't know much about what is wrong with the vehicle they will charge you for services they didn't perform. Some of them have been caught damaging parts or charging for replacement parts when nothing was replaced. That was shown a few times over the years on 2020 and Dateline. When I was new to driving and my parents paid for repairs on my car I knew the person was ripping them off but they didn't believe me until after multiple scams. they would claim things needed to be repaired that didn't even have a problem when first bringing it in to be serviced.The best thing you can do is tell them up front that you want to see the old parts when it is finished before paying. then check the invoice to see that the parts on the invoice match the same kind of parts that you saw. Too many people will rip you off if they think they can get away with it.
The bad ones target women tThe most but they still do try to scam men who they think don't know ish about cars lol bitch ass mechanics tried scamming me so many times i finally found a a few good places but some you still need to watch out for.. you basically need to know how to fix it yourself but pay then to do it look up parts and cost of labor online for the issue and then take it in to them if they try over chargeing fuck them go to another mechanic no point in trying to bargain with them because they won't do a good job and you'll be back with the same issue 2-3 months later lol so just go somewhere else check google & yelp reviews before you go
Oh yah and if you hsve a midas in your area STAY TF AWAY from THEM
The Midas's in my area are complete scammers. The brand new rotors and brake pads I'd installed 1.5 months before were "dangerously worn" and "needed replacing". They obviously do that to everyone. I just laughed and left.
@MrOracle yup they sure do my mom years ago has her 98 ford expedition long ago and took it to them just for the front brakes and they charged her 600$ just for the front brakes and then i said hell nah and took it to the shop i go too and was onky charged 250$ for the back brakes and yeah he told my mom the same thing. And that it had to be fixed now or he would be liable to let her drive off without one side being fixed first hahaha nothing but scammers i even heard them tell a guy with a overheating Chevy Impala that he brang back after theyy said they "fixed" it and told him it could be abuncha other things and said they would need yo put on part by part to figure it out hahahaha yeah he asked for his keys and walked out haha
And they'll half fix the problem so you'll bring your car back to them and overcharge you more to fix it right. American service station http://www.americasservicestationhamiltonmill.com/This place will take vantage of you and rip you off specially if your born with a handicap. If you live in Buford or Dacula GA, don't bring your car van or truck here. They took vantage of me and overcharge me by not fixing my car repair's the right way. This place suck's.
They overcharge everyone who doesn't know about cars. My mom called the cops on a mechanic one who changed her brakes once without her permission thinking she was stupid and would just pay what ever he wanted. He didnt' know that she's knowledgeable enough to know that 1500 miles is nothing for a new set of brakes she had replaced a few months prior. He had to let her keep the new brakes, which he wanted 400 bucks for, for free because the cop said in reality she should be suing HIM for doing work she never asked for. a routine 50 dollar tune-up ended up costing this mechanic a new set of brakes and 2 hours he wasted installing them.
The big places 100% try to take advantage of anybody they can, but especially prey on women. My family owns a garage. Many people come to us for a second opinion and often times the customer's car is fine and does not need what the other mechanics were trying to say they need.
Some mechanics will over charge a woman, or a guy too, if they think they don't understand enough about cars to know what is reasonable. However, I have known more mechanics who are honest and charge reasonably. A study a few years back, showed that most mechanics were honest, but that they frequently misdiagnosed problems in cars, and did unnecessary work.
Well, not where I live anyway, me and my boyfriend tested this. The first time, my boyfriend took the car to a mechanic for a tire balancing which costed him around €10 each tire. Around 5/6 months later I take the car for balancing to the same mechanic and it cost the same :D
I had an incident where my car started making this insane sound every time I hit the breaks. I immediately took it to the nearest mechanic and he quoted me some $450 for repairs. Something told me to get a second opinion, so I went to another one down the street, and the guy came out with a rock in his hand and told me, it must have gotten stuck or kicked up into your car.....absolutely no charge! My car was fine. I can't say it was sexism because both the people I dealt with were men, and I've since been to the second mechanic and the company literally tells you to look it up if you doubt their quotes. I think some mechanics regardless of sexism or not are just looking to make a buck no matter who it is. Cell phones are the enemy of a lot of companies these days, because they give you the power to compare and shop around and look things up---but that's only if you take full advantage, or at least go to them with someone knowledgeable about cars.
Couldn't agree more, not really sexism just capitalising on people who don't know better
They do it for both. A guy once quoted me $2400 for repairs and I told him he was full of it and that another place quoted me $1600 and then he's like oh well I'll do you a special deal for $1800 and started talking shit about the other place doing bad quality repairs.
Yep, this is definitely true. They figure women don't understand as much about cars as guys do - which may be true - so they try to take advantage of them. They've even tried to do it with my own mother in the past. So when I meet women who tell me about their car having problems and how they got an estimate from an auto shop, I tell them to go with a guy, that way the shop people won't be so quick to tell a lie.
I do all my own stuff and never had a mechanic work on anything... cars, heat-pumps, mowers, tractors... everything so I wouldn't know. I was once going to do a test and scan my car before going to a mechanic but I never got around to it. I would say that some will overcharge any person that they think doesn’t know anything about the problem or fixing stuff.
Actually some one was doing a study on something similar with buying cars. They had hidden cameras and tested how the guys were treated and how women were treated, it turned out (unsurprisingly) that women where treated far better and were given much better deals then the men who where forced to haggle and fight tooth and nail to get what a woman got simply by being a woman. So I imagine that the same goes for car repairs. The fact is we cater to women, its in our nature.
I think they overcharge everyone, but yea is obvious that they'll do it to women the most since they live off that stereotype that "women dont know shit about cars." but you can always avoid this by installing a secret cam in your car and let it run whenever you take your care to the mechanic
Yes i believe that mechanics overcharge women, my neighbor is a womanand this local mechanic place took her for lot of money to fix her car andshe ended up needing to go to another place who was pretty fair with herand finally fixed her car for her. So the first place never fixed her car butthey took her money so the second place was fair with her and they fixedher car.
As someone said, most mechanics are honest however there are still some shop owners who are con artists and ALL sales people are con artists so big shops have sales people you deal with not actual mechanics.It’s not that they rip you off because you’re a woman. They will rip of anyone who seems too trusting/naive about the game.And even if a guy isn’t ripped off at first they may try to rip him off later.But have most guys show you how to deal with auto shops & you can avoid 99% of the bs
they will overcharge anyone they can, women they assume know less so they will try.The markup at "stealerships" is off the charts. So will loan officers, brokers, sales people, pharma, doctors, lawyers. There are honest people, and there are people who just want to make $. You have to weed them out using your discernment!
They overcharge dudes too, if they get the vibe you don't know about the matter that much they will find ways. It's always best to get one trustworthy mechanic, a friend or something and only go there, you can check prices around but building a relationship is important
They did that to my ex girlfriend. $200 to replace the bulb in her head light. It took them 2 hours apparently. I went to the mechanic and demanded they refund us for a fair price. after an hour of arguing they conceded. I hate when people take advantage of others for money. How low can you get?
Shop owner sold my mom a ‘new’ light housing that was more beat up than the 5 year old ones already on her car. I confronted him and he claimed used housings cost more than new so he was doing her a favor to charge her extra & put on old stuff while telling her it was new. He whined a lot but refunded like $500 of other repairs too. He was scared I’d post about him online.
@hahahmm yeah these guys are dicks. Its best to make friends with a mechanic, and just be loyal to the guy. I got a mechanic back home who looks after my moms car and calls me every time. I send them gifts, meals, and stuff, every Christmas. So the whole shop loves my family now
What I've heard is that they over charge men too. This is why if I ever need a mechanic I will visit one that is friends or family with one of my friends so they won't take advantage of me.
Oh yeah. Stereotypically women aren't exactly known for their knowledge of cars so to some people they would make easy targets for the mechanics to overcharge and upsell.
From my experience some do but most don't. Though I once drove my sisters car to the garage after her exhaust had fallen off because she wouldn't drive it and the mechanic said I had done and amazing job fixing it enough to get it there I think they knew not to give me an inflated price.
OH YES! But not just women! Naiive men too. You have to firm with them, because they will make up a bunch of problems that don't exist and charge you money to fix them.Mechanics are scammers. You have to be careful.
Lol I take my car to a mechanic to have a starter replaced.. cost me nearly 500 bucks... had my wife do the same with her car it was just over 200 you tell me.. by the way we have the same make and model of car..
I think mechanics will overcharge anyone if they believe they can get away with it (rather your a man or a woman). If you know things about cars and they know it than they are less likely going to overcharge you because they know they are not going to get away with overpaying for things that the owner did not want. It is best to be forward on what you want straight away and be firm.
Basically any industry where you don't know your shit, prepare to be ripped off. That's why you gotta do a ton of research before buying shit. Consumer reports used to be a good resource, I don't know anymore.
Most mechanics are honest, I've worked in a car shop and mechanics usually like having female customers because they're less likely to argue with them, so it's always best to keep them happy so they keep coming back
They are crooks to anyone. Thats why im having my dad teach me about car stuff so i can do it myself instead of paying a mechanic lol.
That is why my mechanic is my best guy friend and he only charge me for parts and not his work. And parts he charge me with discount.
All mechanics are crooks but the car dealership mechanics are the worst...
I think nowadays most mechanics who work for a professional company charge everybody the same fees for their work.
Why don’t boyfriends or husbands teach women about cars or learn somewhere else, so they will know if someone wants more money out of them? I can’t drive, so I don’t have to worry.
Depends on where you go the corporate chain shops and dealerships won't do this as the price is already established before you walk in the door. Indepent shops maybe...
They overcharge and scam everyone they can. Depending on the car you drive, concerns you have and service you ask for they will usually figure out whether or not you know about enough cars to get ripped off.
Some do, some don't. But its not about you being a woman.What mechanics do, is they might ask questions or make statements to judge how mechanical litereate you are.If its clear you don't know much about cars, they will lie to you to get more money. Women on average know less about cars, so they fall victim to this more often.
Trust no one plumbers mechanics air conditioning people etc etc If they think you don't know what's going on they will take advantage of you a man or a woman
Some guys take advantage of anybody gullible enough to be taken. Man or women. But women are soooo much easier. [shrug]
All mechanics overcharge people, but they are far better than car dealerships, they'd charge an arm and leg to even have a look at the car
Reputable mechanic usually put price up front and walk you through what the feels they need to be done and why.
Yes. They tried with my wife till I went in there birching
They try, I know with my daughters, they tell alsorts that garages try to con them. They all know about cars, if they need y help they get me..
Yeah, and they'll try to get women to buy more because women tend to be shoppers, even when they don't need it
I wouldn’t say it’s women specifically, it’s more of people who don’t know what to do with car troubles.
I think so, salesman and repairmen are sharks trying to pull a fast one on anybody they can to get more $$ out of
I think some people are bad people no matter the job, so they will overcharge but not because of gender but because people are clueless... Just so happens they often tend to be female
Don't know much about cars and I'm quick to impress with things I know nothing about so I think so
I doubt it but some tradespeople upsell. I have had to combat a lot of up sellers but not mechanics.
No, mechanics overcharge for repairs because both sexes have become oblivious.
Overcharge women? They overcharge women and men equally.
no... mainly because men nowadays are just as dumb when it comes to cars lol
Hard to say since I do most of my own work.Don't forget to include Doctors and Lawyers. Seems to be the American way today.
Yes, but honest mechanics won't overcharge. Dishonest mechanics will overcharge anyone that they think they can get away with overcharging, not just women.
A lot of them will overcharge anyone if they think they can get away with it.
They can take advantage of naive people. That includes the younger me
Yeah I’m sure some do if you’re not aware of what things really cost
I think they'll overcharge anybody. Hence, why I Google things before taking the car to the shop.
Sometimes. I've heard some horror stories. It's a reason that it pays to be a bit mechanically versed
It depends where you go. Sometimes not. I only said yes on vote because of limitation.
From what I've seen, its more likely but usually by mechanics that i wouldn't trust either.
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