Damn cars

there always seems to be something wrong with vehicles. Either they need repair or need maintenance. I called my landlord for a recomendation on getting a mechanic to come by and check my van. The motor over heats in about twenty minutes and it was leaking water/antifreeze. I couldn’t find the leak and feared that the water pump had failed. The mechanic took his time about coming over to look at the van. He found the leak right away it was the lower radiator hose.
I talked with the mechanic in my broken spanish and I thought we agreed that he would return later the same day to guide me to his repair shop across town. He was supposed to meet me at four pm. Those of you who have Mx experience know what happend next, he didn’t show up at
the appointed time. What’s more the card he gave me didn’t have the correct cell phone number either. When I called his number I got a message in spanish saying they couldn’t complete the call. I thought that was my fault that I had not dialed correctly or that I had done something else to cause the error. I figured that either way the mechanic knew he had a paying customer waiting for him and he would show up with out prompting. Nope he didn’t show so I called my friendly landlord again and had to leave a message. Finally, hours later, I get a mesage from the landlord that the mechanic will show up at four and he did, much to my surprise.
Because my car is american plated he can’t drive it so I had to drive it over to his shop following him and of course being the end of the day and the car was now hot they couldn’t work on it till the following day if they can find a hose that will fit it.
So when someone says make sure you pack your patience when living in Mx they know of what they speak. Now I’m waiting for the mechanic to show up to take me to his shop ….

Categories: american plated cars, cars, mechanic, repairs | 4 Comments

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4 thoughts on “Damn cars

  1. Breathe deeply. It´s the only thing that will get you through life in this Mexican world.

  2. You are right just have to think good thoughts and not let things get to you. I have my car back and it appears to be fixed, but there are two keys missing on my key ring so tomorrow when it is light out I will check the car first to see if they put them somewhere in the car and then if I don't find them drive over to the repair shop and see if they can find them. Sigh, gone through the same stuff in the states so nothing new and it isn't the end of the world. The keys are for my truck still in TX.

  3. Not to worry about the keys, I have copies if yours are not found. Samantha

  4. Retrived the keys from the repair shop. They are in the ashtray in the van.

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