English speaking mechanic. Free advise

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Hi all. It has come to my attention that many of you feel you are being over charged by french garages and spoken to like idiots because of the language barrier. I am a retired motor engineer having over 30yrs experience in both france and britain, speaking french I can explain in simple terms what your gararist has told you. Don`t get me wrong there are plenty of very good honest french garages out there, but when you don`t understand what you are being told the temptation is there. If you have any queries I would be happy to try and help if just to fill these boring unending rainy days! robin.phillips@hotmail.com tel 05 45 78 86 28 or 07 87 29 77 69.      

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millionaireinwaiting 1393585717

Hi,


It is not the french mechanics that are ripping people off, well, certainly not in our experiances, it is the English ones, that say they are mechanics, and believe it to be true, as they have a set of tools and a ramp! (And use google and relatives to try and diagnose, and fix!)


We have had to have french mechanics repair disasterous work done to our car by a so called English 'mechanic', who left cables and hoses loose, some just hanging, and he said he had fixed it! He had created a nightmare, charged us a ridiculous amount of money and when confronted, didn't even have the courtesy to apologise!

Backagain 1393585850

A very kind and useful offer.  So many people know little or nothing about cars these days and without a comprehensive knowledge of French they can find themselves in pretty deep water.

phillips robin-115786 1393605927

I think you misunderstood what I was trying to say. I in no way inplyed french machanics are ripping you off. Infact they are certainly cheaper per hour than where I come from. I mearly meant there can be a lot of misunderstanding due to the language barrier.    

skimmer-574431 1393760533

Hi there Millionaireinwaiting


All I can say is you have been very unlucky with your English so called mechanic, may be they were P&O quallified like a lot of P&O builders, most of the proper English mechanics I know are pretty good at what they do and normally cheaper than the French, But  there are good and bad in all walks of life,


you just happened to have picked a bad one 


As for Robin Phillip 


If you are good at what you do and you are reasonable, you'll have no end of customers.


Good luck

Offroad 1393768430

 


skimmer +1


"All I can say is you have been very unlucky with your English so called mechanic, may be they were P&O quallified like a lot of P&O builders, most of the proper English mechanics I know are pretty good at what they do and normally cheaper than the French, But  there are good and bad in all walks of life",


 


My experience over the past 10 years particularly is there appear to be a disproportionate amount of expat 'P&O retrained' everythings in France of the "Del Boy" brigade but that is very easily overcome by looking at previous works and 'live' references from satisfied customers. Unfortunately, there is still no guarantees as said customers could well be colluding relatives or friends. Vigilance is paramount in all things where money is concerned.

phillips robin-115786 1393772145

Thanks for your positive comment. Its a shame everyone seems so ready to run someone down before they even know them, rather than give them a chance to start with. Everything in life is a risk but most things turn out well. Bye the way at the risk of sounding stupid what does P&O mean? 


Robin.

yorkshirepudding-877893 1393774111

It means someone gets on a P&O ferry and is transformed on the way over into whatever profession they fancy being on arrival

pompeyfan-544135 1393778715

To return to the spirit of the original posting - thanks, Robin Phillips, for a generous offer of help which I'm sure will be appreciated by many whose command of the French language is not up to dealing with potentially complicated and/or expensive technical issues.

phillips robin-115786 1393785069

Ok thanks for that, P&O dos`nt exsist where we`re from. 

rollerboy 1393788118

Hello Robin (I'm assuming that's the case ... ) - and thank you for your more than kind offer. I will note your phone number - as you say, one can get into deep water when it comes to describing symptoms in a foreign language, or understanding the bill so I know what was wrong!


'P&O' stands for 'Peninsular and Oriental' steamship line orginally, that operate ferries from the UK. Excellent company, though I hasten to add that their expertise in re-training is legendary rather than factual! :)


There are indeed many good honest mechanics out there, both French and British, but there are also a few opportunists, so knowing where you stand is an invaluable asset. Thank you again for your offer ... 


rollerboy

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