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Here’s why working on a family member’s car can be dicey

My first book includes five chapters under the section title, “Why I Don’t Fix Cars For Other People, Part XXX.” It’s something of a running joke, since, in each, I describe doing a favor for someone only to have the repair go wrong, cost them more money than either of us expected, and leave me with the feeling that no good deed goes unpunished. The fact that I give five examples shows that either I’m a ridiculously good guy or I’m someone who’s really slow to learn a lesson.


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One additional warning about working on another's car.  You have now assumed responsibility for any subsequent fault, no matter how far removed from the original work.  Change the plugs, and now the radio doesn't work.  Air up the tires and now the brakes squeal.  Replace the broken door handle and now the A/C blows warm.  Guess who's responsibility it is now to fix those?  Beware.

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