The Truth About Cars » Memoirs of an Independent Auto Repair Shop Owner http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 20:14:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » Memoirs of an Independent Auto Repair Shop Owner http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/category/editorials/memoirs-of-an-independent-auto-repair-shop-owner/ Memoirs Of An Independent Repair Shop Owner: “TRAINING WHEELS”—or How Motor Sport Influenced My Formative Years—Part Three http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/memoirs-of-an-independent-repair-shop-owner-training-wheels-or-how-motor-sport-influenced-my-formative-years-part-three/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/memoirs-of-an-independent-repair-shop-owner-training-wheels-or-how-motor-sport-influenced-my-formative-years-part-three/#comments Sat, 22 Jun 2013 17:20:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=493009 Just to set the record straight, my use of the phrase “Wonder Years” (in Parts One and Two) is not sourced from any past television series, but rather, from the original source: an advertising campaign from the ‘60’s (it may go back further than that, but that’s when it was introduced into my consciousness) featuring […]

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Just to set the record straight, my use of the phrase “Wonder Years” (in Parts One and Two) is not sourced from any past television series, but rather, from the original source: an advertising campaign from the ‘60’s (it may go back further than that, but that’s when it was introduced into my consciousness) featuring […]

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    The very fact that I’ve allowed myself to be delayed in making this entry underscores the fact that the experiences I related in Part One, and am about to relate here, really have had a profound and lasting influence on my priorities. Living up in the E. Sierra, there are always plenty of […]

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MEMOIRS OF AN INDEPENDENT REPAIR SHOP OWNER: “TRAINING WHEELS”—or How Motor Sport Influenced My Formative Years—Part One http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/memoirs-of-an-independent-repair-shop-owner-training-wheels-or-how-motor-sport-influenced-my-formative-years-part-one/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/memoirs-of-an-independent-repair-shop-owner-training-wheels-or-how-motor-sport-influenced-my-formative-years-part-one/#comments Thu, 09 May 2013 14:05:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=487965   As with many young lads growing up as the motor sports world was rapidly advancing in the 1960’s, I was totally fascinated with just about anything sporting wheels—especially if there was a powerplant involved. And especially if it involved head-to-head competition with such devices.   While not exactly being raised in a household favoring […]

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  As with many young lads growing up as the motor sports world was rapidly advancing in the 1960’s, I was totally fascinated with just about anything sporting wheels—especially if there was a powerplant involved. And especially if it involved head-to-head competition with such devices.   While not exactly being raised in a household favoring […]

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MEMOIRS OF AN INDEPENDENT REPAIR SHOP OWNER: Racing Season And Brushes With Greatness http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/memoirs-of-an-independent-repair-shop-owner-racing-season-and-brushes-with-greatness/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/memoirs-of-an-independent-repair-shop-owner-racing-season-and-brushes-with-greatness/#comments Fri, 19 Apr 2013 09:33:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=485515     Shifting gears into the warmer seasons affords the motoring aficionado many joyous opportunities. Up here in the Eastern Sierra, with the threat of big winter storms passed, road crews sweep off the gravel concoction they’d spread during the thick of it—allowing for more spirited driving (and additionally, in my case, riding the superbike). […]

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    Shifting gears into the warmer seasons affords the motoring aficionado many joyous opportunities. Up here in the Eastern Sierra, with the threat of big winter storms passed, road crews sweep off the gravel concoction they’d spread during the thick of it—allowing for more spirited driving (and additionally, in my case, riding the superbike). […]

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MEMOIRS OF AN INDEPENDENT REPAIR SHOP OWNER: Cold-Weather Cause-And-Effect (not “Tall Winter Tales”) — Part Two http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/memoirs-of-an-independent-repair-shop-owner-cold-weather-cause-and-effect-not-tall-winter-tales-part-two-3/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/memoirs-of-an-independent-repair-shop-owner-cold-weather-cause-and-effect-not-tall-winter-tales-part-two-3/#comments Sat, 23 Mar 2013 13:00:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=482114 Well, it looks as though winter is about done—at least from my vantage point west of the Rockies; but I still have a few more “revelations” to relate on the subject. As I stated in my last entry, these experiences were all new to me, since I’d never lived where “true winter” driving conditions were […]

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Well, it looks as though winter is about done—at least from my vantage point west of the Rockies; but I still have a few more “revelations” to relate on the subject. As I stated in my last entry, these experiences were all new to me, since I’d never lived where “true winter” driving conditions were […]

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  As long as it’s still the winter season in the Northern Hemisphere—more wintry for some than others, here in the U.S.—it seems appropriate to stay on that topic for a while longer, here on the “Memoirs” page. Having spent much of my career as an auto tech and shop owner in the Southern California […]

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MEMOIRS OF AN INDEPENDENT REPAIR SHOP OWNER: Tall Winter Tales – Extreme Weekend Banzai Road Test / Rally—Part Four http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/memoirs-of-an-independent-repair-shop-ownertall-winter-tales-extreme-weekend-banzai-road-test-rally-part-four/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/memoirs-of-an-independent-repair-shop-ownertall-winter-tales-extreme-weekend-banzai-road-test-rally-part-four/#comments Tue, 19 Feb 2013 14:45:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=478108 We rejoin our tale of adventure aboard what was proving itself to be a very worthy foul-weather road tripping first-gen Toyota van. It took us something like twenty-four blizzard-hampered hours non-stop to make it to our Golden CO destination, from the South Bay LA departure. The only casualty inflicted was committed against our recently purchased […]

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We rejoin our tale of adventure aboard what was proving itself to be a very worthy foul-weather road tripping first-gen Toyota van. It took us something like twenty-four blizzard-hampered hours non-stop to make it to our Golden CO destination, from the South Bay LA departure. The only casualty inflicted was committed against our recently purchased […]

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MEMOIRS OF AN INDEPENDENT REPAIR SHOP OWNER: Tall Winter Tales – Extreme Weekend Banzai Road Test / Rally—Part Three http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/memoirs-of-an-independent-repair-shop-owner-tall-winter-tales-extreme-weekend-banzai-road-test-rally-part-three/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/memoirs-of-an-independent-repair-shop-owner-tall-winter-tales-extreme-weekend-banzai-road-test-rally-part-three/#comments Tue, 05 Feb 2013 16:16:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=476410 We rejoin our tale of high adventure—en route to Golden, CO, for the purpose of taking delivery of a slightly used superbike—aboard a newly acquired and undertested first-gen Toyota Van. Having passed it’s first serious test—the midnight-to-dawn segment through southwestern Utah in a driving snowstorm (including a near-miss involving a concrete center divider) on the […]

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We rejoin our tale of high adventure—en route to Golden, CO, for the purpose of taking delivery of a slightly used superbike—aboard a newly acquired and undertested first-gen Toyota Van. Having passed it’s first serious test—the midnight-to-dawn segment through southwestern Utah in a driving snowstorm (including a near-miss involving a concrete center divider) on the […]

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MEMOIRS OF AN INDEPENDENT REPAIR SHOP OWNER: Tall Winter Tales – Extreme Weekend Banzai Road Test / Rally—Part Two http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/memoirs-of-an-independent-repair-shop-owner-tall-winter-tales-extreme-weekend-banzai-road-test-rally-part-two/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/memoirs-of-an-independent-repair-shop-owner-tall-winter-tales-extreme-weekend-banzai-road-test-rally-part-two/#comments Fri, 25 Jan 2013 12:11:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=475202 We rejoin our tale of high adventure—en route to Golden, CO, for the purpose of taking delivery of a slightly used superbike—aboard a newly acquired and undertested first-gen Toyota Van; in the process of plowing headlong into the high country in southwestern Utah in a driving snowstorm, through the zero-dark hour leg of our non-stop […]

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We rejoin our tale of high adventure—en route to Golden, CO, for the purpose of taking delivery of a slightly used superbike—aboard a newly acquired and undertested first-gen Toyota Van; in the process of plowing headlong into the high country in southwestern Utah in a driving snowstorm, through the zero-dark hour leg of our non-stop […]

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Memoirs Of An Independent Repair Shop Owner: Tall Winter Tales – Extreme Weekend Banzai Road Test / Rally http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/memoirs-of-an-independent-repair-shop-owner-tall-winter-tales-extreme-weekend-banzai-road-test-rally/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/memoirs-of-an-independent-repair-shop-owner-tall-winter-tales-extreme-weekend-banzai-road-test-rally/#comments Sun, 20 Jan 2013 14:40:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=474408 Since we out here on the Left Coast have been getting hit with nigh-on record setting low temperatures—especially where I’m situated, in the Central Eastern Sierra—it seems only fitting that I should launch another new subtopic here, on hallowed “Memoirs” ground: “Tall Winter Tales”. These will be stories involving automobiles, cold weather, and wrenching—not necessarily […]

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Since we out here on the Left Coast have been getting hit with nigh-on record setting low temperatures—especially where I’m situated, in the Central Eastern Sierra—it seems only fitting that I should launch another new subtopic here, on hallowed “Memoirs” ground: “Tall Winter Tales”. These will be stories involving automobiles, cold weather, and wrenching—not necessarily […]

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Memoirs Of An Independent Repair Shop Owner: The end of the Line – On Being One’s Last Mechanic (In This Life) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/memoirs-of-an-independent-repair-shop-ownertthe-end-of-the-line-on-being-ones-last-mechanic-in-this-life/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/memoirs-of-an-independent-repair-shop-ownertthe-end-of-the-line-on-being-ones-last-mechanic-in-this-life/#comments Wed, 26 Dec 2012 16:20:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=471736 At some point on my chosen career path, it occurred to me that I had a number of customers who had to experience “giving up the keys” on my watch. That is to say, I was the last mechanic they employed to keep their vehicle or vehicles maintained. For those that made it all of […]

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At some point on my chosen career path, it occurred to me that I had a number of customers who had to experience “giving up the keys” on my watch. That is to say, I was the last mechanic they employed to keep their vehicle or vehicles maintained. For those that made it all of […]

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Memoirs Of An Independent Repair Shop Owner: The end of the (Econo) Line – On Life Without the Venerable Van http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/memoirs-of-an-independent-repair-shop-owner-the-end-of-the-econo-line-on-life-without-the-venerable-van/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/memoirs-of-an-independent-repair-shop-owner-the-end-of-the-econo-line-on-life-without-the-venerable-van/#comments Tue, 18 Dec 2012 11:28:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=470544 The last five years certainly have not been kind to Institutions throughout the world, especially in these United States. Whether they be people, places, commodities, companies, lifestyles or leisure activities, nothing seems to be immune to the force that is presently driving things along. The automobile, and the whole infrastructure supporting it is experiencing a […]

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The last five years certainly have not been kind to Institutions throughout the world, especially in these United States. Whether they be people, places, commodities, companies, lifestyles or leisure activities, nothing seems to be immune to the force that is presently driving things along. The automobile, and the whole infrastructure supporting it is experiencing a […]

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Memoirs Of An Independent Repair Shop Owner: I Don’t Like Your Tone – Some Thoughts on In-Cabin Audible Warning Devices http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/memoirs-of-an-independent-repair-shop-owner-i-dont-like-your-tone-some-thoughts-on-in-cabin-audible-warning-devices/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/memoirs-of-an-independent-repair-shop-owner-i-dont-like-your-tone-some-thoughts-on-in-cabin-audible-warning-devices/#comments Tue, 11 Dec 2012 17:11:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=469792 Since we were on the subject of electronic and computerized vehicle protection systems, it seemed like a logical move to begin a discussion of another long-standing and not universally beloved vehicle subsystem—this one ostensibly purposed to save us from ourselves, or at least our vehicles from “the nut behind the wheel”. To say that the […]

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Since we were on the subject of electronic and computerized vehicle protection systems, it seemed like a logical move to begin a discussion of another long-standing and not universally beloved vehicle subsystem—this one ostensibly purposed to save us from ourselves, or at least our vehicles from “the nut behind the wheel”. To say that the […]

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Memoirs Of An Independent Repair Shop Owner: Now This is Alarming—My Ongoing Cold War Against Anti-Theft Systems—Part Two http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/memoirs-of-an-independent-repair-shop-owner-now-this-is-alarming-my-ongoing-cold-war-against-anti-theft-systems-part-two/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/memoirs-of-an-independent-repair-shop-owner-now-this-is-alarming-my-ongoing-cold-war-against-anti-theft-systems-part-two/#comments Sat, 01 Dec 2012 03:56:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=468661 Being an avid proponent of resolution—whenever reasonably possible and prudent—I had to pause to make sense of what certainly appeared to be the aftermarket equivalent of Anti-Theft Engineering Overkill, which had been residing for some time under the front seat of my newly purchased 1991 Eagle Talon Tsi AWD (Some of the circumstances surrounding said […]

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Being an avid proponent of resolution—whenever reasonably possible and prudent—I had to pause to make sense of what certainly appeared to be the aftermarket equivalent of Anti-Theft Engineering Overkill, which had been residing for some time under the front seat of my newly purchased 1991 Eagle Talon Tsi AWD (Some of the circumstances surrounding said […]

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Memoirs Of An Independent Repair Shop Owner: Now This is Alarming—My Ongoing Cold War Against Anti-Theft Systems—Part One http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/memoirs-of-an-independent-repair-shop-owner-now-this-is-alarming-my-ongoing-cold-war-against-anti-theft-systems-part-one/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/memoirs-of-an-independent-repair-shop-owner-now-this-is-alarming-my-ongoing-cold-war-against-anti-theft-systems-part-one/#comments Tue, 27 Nov 2012 13:00:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=467859 Recently, while dining with friends, the subject turned to what else but things automotive. (This tends to happen with marked constancy, and long ago I learned to embrace, roll with, and otherwise enjoy the process.) The hostess, an avid bird-watcher, related an anecdote regarding an in-field faux pas, wherein their transportation for the day—an early […]

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Recently, while dining with friends, the subject turned to what else but things automotive. (This tends to happen with marked constancy, and long ago I learned to embrace, roll with, and otherwise enjoy the process.) The hostess, an avid bird-watcher, related an anecdote regarding an in-field faux pas, wherein their transportation for the day—an early […]

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Memoirs Of An Independent Workshop Owner: Two Can Play At That Game — Part Two — Sundry Shady Shop Swindles http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/memoirs-of-an-independent-workshop-owner-two-can-play-at-that-game-part-two-sundryshady-shop-swindles/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/memoirs-of-an-independent-workshop-owner-two-can-play-at-that-game-part-two-sundryshady-shop-swindles/#comments Sun, 11 Nov 2012 11:58:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=466503   Since my last entry involved Crooked Customer behavior, I think its only fair that I give equal time to that of the Shady Shop. Rather than merely relating what have most certainly become cliché’—and I’ve pretty much heard them all—I’m going to relate a few accounts in which I personally have been on the […]

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  Since my last entry involved Crooked Customer behavior, I think its only fair that I give equal time to that of the Shady Shop. Rather than merely relating what have most certainly become cliché’—and I’ve pretty much heard them all—I’m going to relate a few accounts in which I personally have been on the […]

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Memoirs Of An Independent Workshop Owner: Two Can Play at That Game—Part One—Memorable Crooked Customer Capers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/memoirs-of-anm-independent-workshop-owner-two-can-play-at-that-game-part-one-memorable-crooked-customer-capers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/memoirs-of-anm-independent-workshop-owner-two-can-play-at-that-game-part-one-memorable-crooked-customer-capers/#comments Sun, 04 Nov 2012 15:08:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=465815 “You can’t cheat an honest man”, a quote I understand to have originated from none other than W.C. Fields turned out to be even more profound than I originally surmised. I mean, I had for some time figured that being as straight as possible with myself, or anybody else—including, and maybe even especially customers, when […]

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“You can’t cheat an honest man”, a quote I understand to have originated from none other than W.C. Fields turned out to be even more profound than I originally surmised. I mean, I had for some time figured that being as straight as possible with myself, or anybody else—including, and maybe even especially customers, when […]

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Memoirs Of An Independent Repair Shop Owner: “You Want Me To Do WHAT?”—Customers Seeking Partner In Pushing What’s Possible (Or Prudent) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/memoirs-of-an-independent-repair-shop-owner-you-want-me-to-do-what-customers-seeking-partner-in-pushing-whats-possible-or-prudent/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/memoirs-of-an-independent-repair-shop-owner-you-want-me-to-do-what-customers-seeking-partner-in-pushing-whats-possible-or-prudent/#comments Fri, 19 Oct 2012 18:41:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=464264 “Have it Your Way” was a popular TV ad campaign some years ago. While it seemed to work for the world of fast-food burgers, it certainly wasn’t universally applicable in others. Like in the world of Auto Repair, for instance. Maybe especially in planet Los Angeles, home of what I call “The Hollywood Effect”: that […]

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“Have it Your Way” was a popular TV ad campaign some years ago. While it seemed to work for the world of fast-food burgers, it certainly wasn’t universally applicable in others. Like in the world of Auto Repair, for instance. Maybe especially in planet Los Angeles, home of what I call “The Hollywood Effect”: that […]

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Memoirs Of An Independent Repair Shop Owner: “It’s Anything But THAT!”—Detecting the Motive Behind the Exclamation—Part Two http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/memoirs-of-an-independent-repair-shop-owner-its-anything-but-that-detecting-the-motive-behind-the-exclamation-part-two/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/memoirs-of-an-independent-repair-shop-owner-its-anything-but-that-detecting-the-motive-behind-the-exclamation-part-two/#comments Mon, 08 Oct 2012 10:23:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=462867 For the most part, I’m trying to avoid the whys and wherefores behind the topics I write about in this column. I’d just as soon hear from readers as to their opinions about the reasons behind. But there are going to be exceptions to that rule, as far as my postulating about motives. This entry […]

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For the most part, I’m trying to avoid the whys and wherefores behind the topics I write about in this column. I’d just as soon hear from readers as to their opinions about the reasons behind. But there are going to be exceptions to that rule, as far as my postulating about motives. This entry […]

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Memoirs Of An Independent Repair Shop Owner: “It’s Anything But THAT!”—Detecting the Motive Behind the Exclamation— Part One http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/memoirs-of-an-independent-repair-shop-owner-its-anything-but-that-detecting-the-motive-behind-the-exclamation-part-one/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/memoirs-of-an-independent-repair-shop-owner-its-anything-but-that-detecting-the-motive-behind-the-exclamation-part-one/#comments Sat, 29 Sep 2012 10:16:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=462219 For the most part, I’m trying to avoid the whys and wherefores behind the topics I write about in this column. I’d just as soon hear from readers as to their opinions about the reasons behind. But there are going to be exceptions to that rule, as far as my postulating about motives. This entry […]

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For the most part, I’m trying to avoid the whys and wherefores behind the topics I write about in this column. I’d just as soon hear from readers as to their opinions about the reasons behind. But there are going to be exceptions to that rule, as far as my postulating about motives. This entry […]

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Memoirs Of An Independent Repair Shop Owner: “It’s Anything But THAT!”— Famous Last Words That Have Provided More Help Than Hindrance http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/memoirs-of-an-independent-repair-shop-owner-its-anything-but-that-famous-last-words-that-have-provided-more-help-than-hindrance/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/memoirs-of-an-independent-repair-shop-owner-its-anything-but-that-famous-last-words-that-have-provided-more-help-than-hindrance/#comments Wed, 19 Sep 2012 14:50:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=460820 If I had a dime for every time a customer said that to me while in the process of Repair Order composition… I would have made a lot less money off the ensuing job! I mean, the whole idea of the pre-repair consultation—at least from my point of view—was and is to get as good an […]

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If I had a dime for every time a customer said that to me while in the process of Repair Order composition… I would have made a lot less money off the ensuing job! I mean, the whole idea of the pre-repair consultation—at least from my point of view—was and is to get as good an […]

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Memoirs Of An Independent Repair Shop Owner: My Formative Years Wrenching on British Steel—A Couple More Inauspicious Behind-the-Wheel “Firsts” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/memoirs-of-an-independent-repair-shop-owner-my-formative-years-wrenching-on-british-steel-a-couple-more-inauspicious-behind-the-wheel-firsts/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/memoirs-of-an-independent-repair-shop-owner-my-formative-years-wrenching-on-british-steel-a-couple-more-inauspicious-behind-the-wheel-firsts/#comments Thu, 06 Sep 2012 11:40:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=459152 The next stories I’m going to relate weren’t actually borne from performance-oriented driving impressions I might have otherwise gathered and formulated based on my British Car wheel time. Therefore,  I couldn’t rightly include them in my last entry. Worthy of recall they are, nevertheless—especially because they are firsts that I haven’t since repeated, fortunately. Among all of […]

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The next stories I’m going to relate weren’t actually borne from performance-oriented driving impressions I might have otherwise gathered and formulated based on my British Car wheel time. Therefore,  I couldn’t rightly include them in my last entry. Worthy of recall they are, nevertheless—especially because they are firsts that I haven’t since repeated, fortunately. Among all of […]

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In my last entry, I tried to convey the wonderfulness that was, and is part and parcel to the British Car driving experience, which I was able to enjoy through my “wrenching connections”. For me, if I had to describe this experience in one word, it would have to be “unique”; and when it comes […]

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Memoirs Of An Independent Repair Shop Owner: My Formative Years Wrenching on British Steel. Or: How I Learned to Never Underestimate the Power of a Real Road Test Experience http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/memoirs-of-an-independent-repair-shop-owner-my-formative-years-wrenching-on-british-steel-or-how-i-learned-to-never-underestimate-the-power-of-a-real-road-test-experience/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/memoirs-of-an-independent-repair-shop-owner-my-formative-years-wrenching-on-british-steel-or-how-i-learned-to-never-underestimate-the-power-of-a-real-road-test-experience/#comments Sun, 19 Aug 2012 07:04:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=457309   One would think that with all the head scratching, added expense and needless difficulty involved, anyone who persisted in their own repair and maintenance efforts (professional or otherwise) on such flawed contraptions —which I will continue to document in this series on my experiences with automobiles British— must be running as low on vital […]

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  One would think that with all the head scratching, added expense and needless difficulty involved, anyone who persisted in their own repair and maintenance efforts (professional or otherwise) on such flawed contraptions —which I will continue to document in this series on my experiences with automobiles British— must be running as low on vital […]

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“We don’t need mechanics…we need MAGICIANS!” In a heavy accent loaded with London grit, that was the response of the proprietor of the local—and at that point in time, quite vital—independent British Car garage, when I approached him to inquire as to whether he was in the market for hired help. Not even twenty years […]

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