I just thought I'd ask for the board's opinion on how many miles is too many miles for a mechanic to put on a car that's in for service. I'd love to hear your guys' thoughts on the matter. Thanks.
Moving it around the body shop, letting it idle as other cars are moved etc would give you a very low mpg. Be glad they didnt leave the doors open, radio blaring and kill the battery!I always zero one of the consumption figures to see how my 'baby' has been driven. Picked my car up last week from the BMW bodyshop and it was reading 9.8mpgoohhh:oohhh:oohhh:oohhh:grrrrrrr
same here - right way to do it. I don't do this for my indy but do it for the dealer, for all three crs and I always tell them I do, using a camera phone in the parking lot. Never had any joyriding since....The practice I use (which I got here) is to simply take a picture of the odometer at drop-off and again at pick-up. Ideally this is done in sight of the person working on the car (i.e. this won't help at a dealer). Nevertheless, it provides you documentation if you wish to bring it up in future discussions. BTW, I too have noticed that dealers don't track mileage very well on work orders (w/o prejudice).
My shop needs customers like you. bad. on a good day i'm glad to get a thank you. but i work with people that are afraid im gonna steal their beer or crackpipe/ doobies out of the center console/cupholder. lol. NW Indiana, you gotta love it! (kinda like N.Hollywood, half mil homes on one side of the street and section 8 housing right next door)cherrsagaiI seem to get the best results, by explaining the job I expect to workers on terms they understand. I usually dress down, as to not seem like a prick with a fancy car that has more money than sense. Please and thank you also go a long way. I always ask what kind of beer they drink, and show up a day or two later with a case. However, I live in a small southern town, and manners still count.
A big +1.First, if I am using a reputable shop that I trust, then taking my car to run an errand isn't a problem. I would rather have them drive it to make sure all is well. The other side of the coin is when you get upset because something isnt right b/c they DIDNT take it for a test drive. I think good mechanics dont have time to go out and joy ride...go grab lunch, or pick up a part, yes. If you like the tech then make a joke about it, and move on, dont burn the bridge.