Wednesday 16 August 2017

"Your clutch is going to explode into your gearbox and we'll have to rebuild the engine" - Why I hate being a girl with a car

Blonde and broken car
Blonde and broken car
Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

I may have saved money on fuel by buying a 1.9 diesel Golf for the long trek to Mayo and back, but a cost I didn't factor in was the "mechanic's opportunity cost".

The "mechanic's opportunity cost", as I refer to it, is the cost incurred by some mechanics who see a 5"0 girl hop out of a 1.9 diesel Volkswagen Golf and think "cha-ching!"

It all started when 'Belle the Beasht' (pronounced with a 'h') failed her NCT. Brakes got a score of 92%, shocks were fine, everything perfect - just a "small tear" in the CV boot. I was informed this would be a quick €70 fix and I'd be back in and passed no problem. 

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