Confessions From "Roy," a Shady Automotive Mechanic

Credit first to whom it belongs

This hub is lovingly-dedicated to fellow hubber, Kathryn L. Hill, who inspired this idea on a HubPages forum recently. Thank you, Kathryn.

Writer's note: This piece is not intended in any way, phrase, thought or idea to even mildly imply or insinuate that "all" women are gullible when getting their cars worked on by shady mechanics. Believe me, girls, shady mechanics are not just a colorful character seen in Popeye, The Sailor Man cartoons who takes advantage of Popeye's girlfriend, "Olive Oyl," when she gets her car fixed, but gets a bill three times too high causing Popeye to down a can of spinach and proceeds to "teach" this mechanical predator how to treat women and men right in his business. This hub is merely a few ways that you can easily know that a mechanic is honest, on the up-and-up or not. Kenneth)

Money is made hand-over-fist every day by shady auto mechanics
Money is made hand-over-fist every day by shady auto mechanics | Source
Beating you out of your hard-earned cash is the only thing on the mind of a shady auto mechanic
Beating you out of your hard-earned cash is the only thing on the mind of a shady auto mechanic | Source
A smile means nothing if on the lips of a shady auto mechanic
A smile means nothing if on the lips of a shady auto mechanic | Source

I am NOT trying to be funny

In days gone by, there existed "shade tree mechanics," men who couldn't afford an expensive shop or tools, but knew enough about cars to just fix them where they stood--and a nearby shade is where these honest, hard-working mechanics did their best work. These true pieces of Americana lived and worked by one motto: "My integrity and business hinges on the next customer." These guys would move heaven and earth and wade through a swamp filled with water moccasins to do their customers right.

There is a huge difference between a "shade tree mechanic" and a shady mechanic. Ladies, not that I am ordering you around, it would serve you well to know the difference. Although it is not your fault that you are an attractive female lawyer, CEO, business owner or house wife (by choice), but you will agree that by and large, most women do not know how to deal with a slick, fast-talking, lying mechanic whose only goal is to bilk you and other women out of their hard-earned money.

Ladies, please watch this video

With so many shady auto mechanics operating today, you would be better off with the crew in this photo working on your car
With so many shady auto mechanics operating today, you would be better off with the crew in this photo working on your car | Source

Ladies, keep in mind

You cannot help being a female. No use to change. And while a big number of females know more about cars than any guy around, there are many ladies with other things filling their lives like jobs, marketing, a business to run, and fixing their car is not on their "Important Things to Do List," so they, like many men (myself included) take their car to the first sign that reads: "Reliable, Affordable Mechanic Work Done," and that is where their trouble begins.

Later, after these hard-working ladies have paid a bill three times too high, they feel a sense of remorse for not reading this hub entitled . . .

Confessions From "Roy," a Shady Automotive Mechanic

This young woman is being lured into buying parts that she does not need
This young woman is being lured into buying parts that she does not need | Source
No truer painting has ever been that defines an honest shade tree mechanic
No truer painting has ever been that defines an honest shade tree mechanic | Source
Why is this shady auto mechanic checking under the hood when the problem is a flat tire?
Why is this shady auto mechanic checking under the hood when the problem is a flat tire? | Source
Yes, you are getting laughed at behind your back when a shady auto mechanic rips you off for a large chunk of change
Yes, you are getting laughed at behind your back when a shady auto mechanic rips you off for a large chunk of change | Source
This shady auto mechanic is thinking: "Hmm, this gal does not know a thing about cars. So it's time for me to make some big extra money"
This shady auto mechanic is thinking: "Hmm, this gal does not know a thing about cars. So it's time for me to make some big extra money" | Source
Is he real or a fake? You have to know before you agree to letting him do work on your car
Is he real or a fake? You have to know before you agree to letting him do work on your car | Source
Hate to say it, ladies, but this photo says  easy prey for an untrustworthy auto mechanic
Hate to say it, ladies, but this photo says easy prey for an untrustworthy auto mechanic | Source
A dedicated shade tree mechanic
A dedicated shade tree mechanic | Source
It is what goes on behind the scenes in a shady auto mechanic's shop that you should be worried about
It is what goes on behind the scenes in a shady auto mechanic's shop that you should be worried about | Source
A shady auto mechanic can lay under your car and hit something against the metal making you think that he has found something to be fixed
A shady auto mechanic can lay under your car and hit something against the metal making you think that he has found something to be fixed | Source
Prince Geoge County,  Maryland, circa 1920  Hyattsville Automobile  Company
Prince Geoge County, Maryland, circa 1920 Hyattsville Automobile Company | Source
Compared to a shady auto mechanic, you would be better off if these guys were working on your car
Compared to a shady auto mechanic, you would be better off if these guys were working on your car | Source

Has THIS hub helped you to be aware of shady auto mechanics?

  • I wish I had read this before I lost a lot of money last week on getting my car fixed.
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Introduction: My name is "Roy." I work on cars and trucks. I make "some" money here and again, but I love it when a well-dressed, sweet-smelling girly girl rolls in with her BMW, Mercedes-Benz or Lexus and I see a sad look on her pretty face. Well, I know that if I just keep my face straight I will get her to pay triple on her bill that other mechanics who dare to be honest, wouldn't charge her that much."

  1. "Getting Acquainted - - most women know nothing about how a car engine works, so my work is half-done when they pull into my garage. I meet them with a cheesy smile and win their confidence right away. Reassurance is my best tool. I tell them, "Do not worry, ma'am, I have seen worse, so do not worry. I will take care of you." "So if you ladies get an instant "red carpet treatment" from me, I know that you will trust me when I charge you for parts you didn't need and you are afraid to tell your husband because you are in fear that he will get angry and humiliate you for not knowing that much about cars."
  2. "Mechanical Sounds - - are great for me to use to get a woman to pay me extra bucks. While she stands by her car, I let her see me reaching for my trusty screwdriver and crawl underneath her car. I hit the axle a few times so she can hear it. This is my way to deceive her into thinking that I am "checking" for the problem. Fact is, I am just faking the work. Then, and with my straight face, I tell her that she needs a new "Q-Rod Adapter," and she shreeks in fear. I reassure her that it only costs a few bucks and I will not charge a dime for my labor. She loves me for that. When two days have past, she returns to get her car which only needed the guard around her radiator fan tightened, a $30.00 job, but "Ol' Roy" made a great pay day of over $200.00. Not bad for "really" working 10 whole minutes .

"P.S. "I will always ask any woman when she pulls in for me to do some mechanic work, do you know anything about your car? If she says, "are you kidding me? I trust my husband for such things, but he is out of town at a company conference and I need my car for work and to take our kids to school," I get a fuzzy feeling in my stomach for I know that I will eat good tonight."

  1. "Appearances - - are a plus for me. I do not let her see my one employee, "Ace," taking one of his many naps while on the job. I can't fire him, for I nap too when things are slow. I also keep our whiskey bottles out of sight. Nothing turns a woman or man against a mechanic quicker than liquor on their breath. But I have mastered the way to take a nip or two and not worry about my customers smelling it on my breath. I eat a Chicklets or chew a piece of gum and even if they remark, "Roy, are you drinking?" I act shocked and then say, "No, ma'am. It's the medications my doctor says for me to take on the hour for my "heppastricticitis," a disease of my gluttius rectorice, a set of bones in my legs." Then their pity for me kicks in and I get to make even more money by leading them to think that I am suffering while I "fix" their cars." "Yep. Ol' Roy has been around and knows the tricks of bilking the unsuspecting automotive customers."
  2. "Ordering Unneeded Parts - - is easy for me to pull off when one of my women customers balks at my excessive bill. I look very stern and say, "Ma'am, your internal blower switch that sends electricity to your maxi-purpose generator was blown and you know that most of our parts are made in Tiwan, I hate that too, so I had to order you a new part. I tried to cut the salesman down a few bucks, but he would not take less than $500.00 for the part, but I will cut you some slack. I will only charge you $450.00 and not charge for my five hours of overtime." "When this customer sees me upset at a foreign country making auto parts, she knows I am all American. Then when I knock off fifty-bucks, the $450.00 looks pretty good, but really, there is no "internal blower switch." She just needed a new gas filter that runs about $20.00. I made out with a profit of over $430.00." "She'll be back for I have pulled the wool over her eyes with my true, blue American put on."
  3. "I Keep a Woman's Car - - most times and tell her the job will take longer than I expected. Say that a woman customer needs new plugs. I could have her in and out in less than an hour, but for "Ol Roy," to have a pocketful of cash, I tell her I need to keep her car three days. Then I hit her with some fake overtime at $50.00 an hour, plus the unwanted oil change, the bill will pan out at around $250.00. I watch her face. I can see when anger hits a woman, so I beat her to that move by telling her, hey, you can take your car to another mechanic. I know 'em all on this block and for a job like this, you will fork out at least $400.00, but you look like a hard-working woman and I admire that. She pays quickly. Haw, haw. A little flattery here and there is like icing on the cake."
  4. "One or Two Honest Jobs - - never hurts my image none. I do maybe two honest jobs a month so word-of-mouth will spread that "Ol Roy" is a rare mechanic for only charging a little when other mechanics charge an arm and a leg. Remember. Honesty does pay at times."
  5. "Instant Auto Work - - is a trick that "Ol Roy" designed myself. I get paid two ways. One, I am putting unneeded parts on this elderly lady's truck and when she is scratching through her purse to pay me. I stand and watch her give me her last dime. I smile and then motion her as she backs out of my shop, but the night before, I have put a few small nails near her back tires so she will most assuredly hit one or two of them and bam! She needs a new tire. Of course I over-charge her for that too and with that one elderly woman, I took her for way more than I needed to get into this big poker game way across town. Hey, every mechanic needs a hobby."
  6. "I Know All of Your Tricks - - ladies. And men too who have been told to ask a lot of questions about my license, my background, even customer references. But I am prepared. I will have an answer for all of your questions. Hey, I will even urge you to ask me anything about the job you are needed me to do. That way, you will feel awkward at even looking like you do not trust Ol' Roy." "Believe me. Me and other shady mechanics are making a great living "off" of cheating you and many like you."
  7. "I Always Look Busy - - which in itself as helped me to make tons of extra money on many of my new customers' automotive dilemma's. The trick is for my helper, "Ace," to station himself near my front door and as soon as he sees a 'sucker,' oops, I mean, customer roll up, he whistles at me. This is a signal for me to crawl underneath one of the cars and trucks I always keep in my garage area. I have to be upfront. The cars I keep in my shop area all belong to family members who let me keep them in my garage just for looks. When a customer sees all of the cars and trucks with their hoods up, they feel much better. This Roy guy sure stays busy. He must be great at fixing cars, they all think. I should have been a professional bass fisherman, for I can sure hook the fish. It's little gimmicks like this that has helped to keep me in business."
  8. "Sounds Like - - my place is always jumping with my employees fixing cars and trucks, right? Not. When I am in my office, I have a tape that plays over and over with various sounds of car engines being revved up, tools hitting the cement floor and employees asking for a certain size wrench. Any new customer who visits my place for the first time will leave impressed at how much work "I" am taking in and leave his or her vehicle for me to do whatever the job may be, but I always sneak in a few extra things and if the woman or man is ignorant about engines, I have the easiest job in the world

All in all, I have gotten away with my shady automotive practices for years. But what gets under my skin are those people (like you when you can see through my acts) who know what they want and can tell when a shyster like me is telling a lie.

Hey, don't worry. I will save you the trouble of looking up the right numbers to call in case you have ran into someone like me, "Ol Roy," the shady mechanic.

Just call this number: 1 (703) 276-0100, or you can click on this website:
https://www.bbb.org/consumer-complaints/file-a.../get-started

But please don't hurry. My third wife, who doesn't work, is now begging me to take her on a lavish ocean cruise.

Note: the phone number and link above are REAL if you feel you have been bilked by a shady automotive mechanic.

Ladies, this could be you if you trust a shady auto mechanic
Ladies, this could be you if you trust a shady auto mechanic | Source

© 2016 Kenneth Avery

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Kathryn L Hill 6 months ago from LA

Okay, no such thing as:

1. Internal blower switch

2. Maxi-purpose generator

3. "Heppastricticitis," (a disease of the gluttius rectorice which is a set of leg bones.)

And I will definitely check behind the tires before backing out on that "red carpet!" ha ha !

Thanks Kenneth!


always exploring profile image

always exploring 6 months ago from Southern Illinois

Please believe me. I will take my car to a reputable dealer in the future, although I'm aware dealers can be shady too. What's a poor woman to do? Thanks for the tips.....


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BlossomSB 6 months ago from Victoria, Australia

Interesting warnings. I go to the local workshop of my brand of car, but sometimes I'm sure they 'see me coming.' Thank you, I'll keep my eyes open next time I visit, instead of just trusting that they're doing the right thing.


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Carol Morris 6 months ago

Enjoyable read. I am always wary of taking my car to the mechanic myself, for this exact reason. I've always thought that mechanics see us ladies walk in and the prices immediately increase. The only thing I can do to "combat" this is make sure that my daughters learn more about cars and mechanical things than I know so they won't have to worry about shady mechanics.


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kenneth avery 5 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hello, Kathryn!

You are so right about your list of "fake" items. Try to study about some car engine parts and such before you hit the mechanic circuit. I am serious.

It is high time that mechanics took time to learn how to respect women.

Thanks for the nice comment.

Write anytime.


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kenneth avery 5 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

always exploring,

Good for you. Keep your eyes peeled and ears as well. Know ahead of time what to ask and what answers you should be receiving.

I do not like the stigma that mechanics somehow think that taking advantage of women is okay.

It's not. I hope that this hub helps ONE woman. Then I will be happy.

Write anytime.

Thanks for stopping by.


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kenneth avery 5 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

BlossomSB,

You need to be armed with knowledge when it comes to dealing with an auto mechanic. I think that it's a social thing. Men are conditioned from birth that little girls only know about housekeeping, having kids and cooking.

You need to do your part in putting a stop to this wrong teaching and if enough women band together and show these shady mechanics that woman DO know what is real and what is not, the word will spread that women are not to be walked on anymore.

Write me anytime.

Peace.


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kenneth avery 5 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hey, Carol,

You are doing the wise thing in teaching your daughters how "some" male mechanics can bilk women out of thousands of dollars without as much as a wink.

I am very proud of you, Carol.

Thanks for the nice comment. And write me anytime.

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