Working as mobile car mechanic has its perks. You set your own schedule, make more money than you would in a shop, and–most importantly–get to do what you love all day.
But it’s not all fun and games. There are jobs and situations that make even the most experienced technicians cringe. Here are the craziest mechanic stories from mobile auto repair experts across the world.
Unless you’re born with a silver spoon in your mouth, most readers will relate to this article. We were all young once upon a time, and as such probably owned a shed on wheels. Whether it was your first car, or a later project, we’ve all kept some sort of crazy rides.
Today we’ll be looking at the craziest car stories ever told. Obviously these tales are told for two reasons; one, because they are funny as f*ck, and two, to help current or future drivers to avoid the same pitfalls.
Mainly because they are quite funny and/or scary, though. Enjoy!
#1 Stayed A Little Longer At The Shop To Save This Little Guy From Someone’s Engine Bay
A recent study of 2,000 American car owners support the message this subreddit is sending, too. It found as many as a quarter feel they take a risk each time they hit the road as their vehicle is currently in need of repair or no longer runs well.
The study asked people to reflect on the current state of their vehicle and tested their knowledge of car basics. Results showed an alarming number of drivers are rolling the dice on vehicles in need of work — 68 percent said their cars currently have at least one thing wrong with them.
And with so many vehicles in need of love, Americans could stand to do a bit of brushing up on how to take care of their cars a little better. 36 percent of those studied confessed they don’t know the first thing about fixing a flat tire.
#2 Hood Opens. Hood Is Layed Down Immediately. Tech Exclaims “Oh Hell No.”
The survey, conducted by Cooper Tires, discovered that nearly half of American car owners think they couldn’t change their car’s oil and almost 30 percent believe they couldn’t even pick out the correct oil their car needs in the first place.
One in four Americans also aren’t confident they could jump-start their vehicle should they need to.
Even using an air pressure gauge to check tire pressure can prove to be too difficult for nearly one in five Americans.
#3 I Don’t Condone Stealing… But Man I Want To
“Although many Americans have a lack of confidence and knowledge when it comes to vehicle maintenance, it’s important to plan ahead and take initiative,” Jessica Egerton, director of marketing for Cooper Tires, said. “Don’t wait until there is an issue with a vehicle. It’s why Cooper Tires is passionate about helping educate and empower car owners across the country.”