Part One: What Are You Really Thankful For?

What Are You Really Thankful For?


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It’s a couple of days before Thanksgiving, or the day that millions of people stuff their faces full of food, enjoy time with their friends and family, and watch the hell out of some football. Yeah, that’s great and all…but what about the rest of the world? What are they doing? We should be thankful for everything in our lives…not just once a year, but every day.

This is the time of year that people begin to really think of what they’re thankful for. Maybe it’s just their new job, or the fact that they get time off for the holidays. Whatever you’re thankful for, it must be important to you…which got me thinking. Why don’t people thank their auto technicians more often?


This guy is thankful for your business…are you thankful for his handiwork?

They are the silent heroes, keeping our cars running safely. So why don’t we appreciate that? It’s probably because to be thankful for their handiwork you have to spend money. I get that, totally. Spending money sucks, but spending money on a car repair to ensure that you and your family ride around in safety isn’t that big of a deal.

Which is why I researched the internet and found a bunch of reviews that people wrote: Thanking your Auto Technician. Take a pleasure ride through these touchy reviews and see just how appreciative people really are towards the people who fix their cars.

* Warning, some of these stories may instill “feels”. If you’re wondering what feels are, they’re feelings. Yeah I know, weird nickname. Either way, these articles might require you to have some tissues…then again, maybe I’m just a sap.*

1. “You are good people who respected me as a customer and, just as importantly, as a person.  You did all you could to earn and keep my business by assuring my complete satisfaction  every step of the way.  And you did it with a handshake and a smile.  It reminded me of how it used to be years ago when I could do business confidently with neighborhood tradesmen who knew me by my first name.  I can’t ask for more than that” – Art, Hollywood, Florida.

2. “After getting into a little fender-bender, my daughter and I arrived at your shop where we were both greeted with smiles and warm hot chocolate. I can’t thank you enough for the service you provided to us. You could have treated us like any other customer, on any given day, but you didn’t. You listened to my concerns and what I could afford and worked with me the best you could. You also treated my daughter with kindness when it is easy to dismiss young children. Thank you again.” – Sarah, Lexus dealership in San Francisco, California.

3. “Your tech, Cole, was exceptional. He showed us exactly what was wrong with our car, and what it would take to fix it. His personal touch and concern led us to have the work completed. You usually don’t get honesty like that in big dealership repair shops.” Travis and Mariah,  Meridian, Idaho.

5. “I came into the shop thinking I was going to spend thousands of dollars. I was pleasantly surprised that the technician showed me what I really needed to get done on my truck to make it run better. He didn’t try to lead me into buying new tires, a whole new engine, or even windshield wipers. He was honest, kind, and very detailed. More shops should have technicians who care as much as yours.” -Brian, Denver, Colorado.

6. “Today I decided to get my oil changed. I found your shop on yelp and decided to give you a try. Everyone knows that most repair shops will give you a deal on their oil changes and then slap you with a second “estimate” for work you need done. But not Jiffy Lube, you brought my car in, worked on it and sent me on my way in under 30 minutes. Thanks for the speed and professionalism, it’s respected!” – Kate, Orlando, Florida.

7. ” I normally hate waiting on my car to be fixed…but with free tv, wifi, and even some snacks…I couldn’t hate sitting there if my life depended on it. The coffee was hot, the popcorn was buttery, and most importantly, you got me in and out of there quickly.” – Kyle, Chicago, Illinois.

8. “When I bought my daughters Toyota into your shop, I expected to be handed a very expensive estimate to repair the windows that stopped working. I was happy to find that you charged a flat fee, included the price of the new windows into it, and didn’t overly charge me to the initial estimate to find out what we needed. I couldn’t thank you more for making my experience a good one. I will return to your shop when I need more work done.” – Jo, Arlington, Texas.

9. “Every time I come into this shop the employees are pleasant and kind without having to fake their way through it. I appreciate that you have your technicians explain what needs to be worked on, rather than someone behind a desk who hasn’t looked inside a hood in their entire life. That is what I like about your shop more than others in the area. I can trust that you’re not out to just take my money, but honestly want me to be safe on the road.” – Carson, Seattle Washington.

10. ” I am happy that my friends referred me to your shop when I needed work done on my AC. IT was important to me that I got work done by someone who really knew what they were doing. Your technician was not only knowledgeable in everything that had to be done, but he suggested what I might need to get done in order for the problem not to come back- he didn’t push the work on me, just handed me a sheet and said that I might want to get it looked at. No pushing, totally nice, and you were great explaining the cost of the work to me. I’d like to thank you again for your work!” Aria Jeanne, Detroit, Michigan.

You see! People really do love their automotive technicians! It’s times like these that we need to be thankful for everyone in our lives, because in one way or another, they help us get through to tomorrow. They are the reason why we are able to be at home safely on the holidays, and to celebrate out with friends when we need to get away from said family. All people deserve our thanks and If this inspired you, go out and say thank you to the people in your life that help you get along.

– K. The Car Girl


This will be a three part series. I may have said that at the beginning of this article, I can’t remember…either way, look out for tomorrow’s edition of What Are You Really Thankful For?


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