An Auto Mechanic Who Makes House Calls

A Driveway Rescue

This mechanic saved my day (and pocketbook)!
This mechanic saved my day (and pocketbook)!

When was the last time you heard of a doctor making house calls, yet alone a mechanic?

I recently was truly rescued in my own driveway by a local mechanic who makes house calls.

My previously trouble-free vehicle all of a sudden one day refused to start after turning over fine even the previous day. It made robust sounds at trying to crank, but the engine would not fire up. Crisis! Not my old dependable Taurus Wagon!

I had been driving around on the same tank of gas for a week, so bad gas seemed unlikely. Besides, the car hadn't sputtered at all. The battery was new and checked OK with a volt meter.

The budget being tight these days, I enlisted the help of my boyfriend, who is quite adept mechanically and has much better tools than I do. He suggests I buy a Chilton's manual and we begin in-depth troubleshooting. We locate the fuel pump inertia switch, which turns off in event of a collision, but it had not been activated. We further eliminate fuses and a relay in the electrical system as a problem. We replace the fuel filter, which did not show evidence of being plugged up.

The car does not start that day. It is stuck in the driveway and I have no towing insurance. So I sign up with AAA, which provides one free tow per year, plus milage. I get the tow truck out to the car and, surprise! it starts right up. The tow driver says "No problem" and leaves without payment.

All is OK for three days and then the same thing--the car won't start.

Car Repairs on a Shoestring

Now, having eliminated other causes, it appears to be either a lack of spark to the cylinders or the fuel pump is not working. My boyfiend has not the tools for these issues.

I get estimates from $800 to $600 based on fuel pump replacement. I choose a local mechanic with an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau, then on a lark call a mechanic a friend had said does car repair house calls. "No tow?" I ask this mechanic on the phone. "No, I'll bring my tools out", he replies.

So my house-call mechanic comes out, diagnoses the problem as the fuel pump and tells me he can come back tomorrow to change it out. I have to go fetch the part, but he even has a discount at a parts store I can go to the next day on the bus.

I verify with my mechanic again that he can actually lower the gas tank, with gas, and replace the fuel pump residing inside of it while the car is in situ in the driveway. "No problem," he says.

So the next day, accompanied by his small back dog, he returns with his tool laden SUV. It is a cold Colorado day, so he puts down a carpet remnant on the cement and has at it. Meanwhile, I am playing with Sparky, who I immediately rename "Spark Plug" after his owner. My house-call mechanic completes the job in about 1 hour and the car fires up energetically.

So for a little over 1/2 the lowest quoted price and without towing, the car is repaired right in my driveway!

And thus, I met the only mechanic willing to do a difficult auto repair on a house call!

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John Lakewood 6 years ago from Lakewood, CO

Now if they could fix computer in a house call, that would be great.


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Johanna Smith 6 years ago from Fort Collins, CO

This guy is really nice, IMHO.


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ripplemaker 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Wonderful service and money making idea! Congrats for your Hubnugget nomination. Visit this hub to see it: http://hubpages.com/hubnuggets10/hub/HubNuggets-Do...


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Sage Williams 6 years ago

Terrific hub, I have never heard of a mechanic that makes house calls. Congratulations on being nominated for a HubNugget and Good Luck!

Sage


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain

This seems to be happening in the UK. I have a brilliant mechanic who will fit me in at a moments notice. He will also lend me a car - I volunteer to take patients to hospital, I think he values the work I do. Great you have found someone to trust. Good hub x


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Great idea and terrific hub.


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Jayne Lancer 6 years ago from West London, UK

It's always great to hear such stories these days; if only there were more like him.

Great idea for a Hub, and congratulations on your nomination!


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rocknrodeogirl 6 years ago from The Columbia Gorge

That is awesome. There is nothing worse then being stranded at home with now way to get your car to the mechanic! (Trust me I've been there, lol!) Congratulations on your hubnugget nomination! ;)


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Laura in Denver 6 years ago from Aurora Author

This guy was one in a million. Out there on the cold driveway. I had him com in and warm up.


wrightmercy 5 years ago

i find this one over google. the Colorado auto repair. i think is kinda helpful in diagnosing the car and to check and give information on where is the closest shop that is possible to be near in your area. i just wanted to share this one thinking that this is a helpful post.

http://www.automd.com/shops/CO/


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Laura in Denver 5 years ago from Aurora Author

Thank you. This man saved me humoungous trips over the bus.


Judy Savage 4 years ago

Hello, I have a 1993 T100 p/u truck that will not at start. My spouse thinks it is the starter. It is due for Co. Emission testing in July 2012 so I need to drive it to testing station for testing. It should pass- it did 2 years ago.


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Laura in Denver 4 years ago from Aurora Author

Where do you live? If you want the mechanic's reference, he was around the Denver Metro area. e-Mail ljdeibel@gmail.com

I saved big on towing fees--expensive.

Also, I heard prior to testing, you should have a full tank.


Linda in NY 3 years ago

Oh how I wish there was a mechanic in my area who could and would come to my house to diagnose/repair my jeep. Battery, alternator - who knows - everything is just dead


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Laura in Denver 3 years ago from Aurora Author

I'm happy there is a mechanic that lives two doors down now! Locality is everything!

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