Thursday, March 28, 2013
Kramer's "Make your own pizza pie" idea was better
Less dangerous, too.
I mean, look at this- as near as I can tell, this guy's "brilliant idea" for a small business is to provide a garage fully stocked with all the tools a guy would need to work on his own car. Because as we all know, Guys have an innate ability to fix anything wrong with any car, and the only reason we bring them in to the Pros is because we lack the correct tools. I can tell you from personal experience that I was perfectly capable of replacing the Johnson Rod connecting the Coaxle Doohicky with the main occilating exhaust reflux unit on my Honda Civic. I just didn't have the proper wrench set. *
Ok, back to reality. I can see this "Kill Yourself Fixing Your Own Car" small business idea being a really good one only if it is, in fact, a front for an Emergency Care business specializing in finger and eye replacement surgery. Or maybe for an actual mechanic, ready to magically show up and--for a large fee-- fix all of the damage you did attempting something more complicated than replacing a headlight bulb. I can see this being really popular with Guys Trying Really Hard To Prove Something who also have money to burn and really, really good health insurance. Us sane people? We'll keep searching for the one mechanic in America who won't gouge us, and hope that no one asks us "hey, why don't you use that new Fix It Yourself franchise?"
"I mean, they've got these really cool business cards, and everything!"
*I have changed my own oil and tires, and once I even replaced the brake pads on a Toyota with the help of my ex Father in Law, may he Rest in Peace ( I did wonder at the time if his insistence that we work together to replace the pads had something to do with me not being anywhere near good enough for his daughter, but they ended up working ok.) Today my willingness to work on my own car does not extend beyond changing the wiper blades. And no, it's not really because I don't have any tools. It's because I know as much about cars as a pig does about Sundays (old Texas saying, I don't know where I picked it up.) Thanks anyway, Fix It Yourself guy.