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Old 09-15-2003, 04:38 PM
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I went to a local shop today and heres what happened
Should I slip the guy some cash if he seems to be very helpful?
I'm not good with stuff like this, he was the shop owner and I'm sure he makes more money than I do but I really appreciate good help. What should I do?

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Old 09-15-2003, 04:50 PM
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not necessarily cash, but maybe buy him lunch or some of his favorite "BREW" or even a thank you card, I know that this them happy when they are thanked...........joe
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I agree with Toomany...., not cash but some other token, a 6 pack of beer, or a bottle of wine or something, even a really happy "Thank You - you have restored my faith in shop owners" will go a long way. A guy here always helps me out with odd things I need for my old Fords, and he is always around when I need advice, anyway I saw a book on how to build up horsepower on Ford engines and I bought it for him, he was so astonished that he just stood there, looking at the book as we left, when I went back a week or so later I saw that the book had been well read. Of course now I will probably have to borrow it or get myself the book
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Old 09-16-2003, 05:34 PM
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Keep in mind that auto repair business owners are used to being mistrusted and looked down on. Any action that you take, need not cost much. The idea is to let him know that you really appreciate what he did. What he did, in reality, is not that rare, atleast not in this area. What is really rare, is that someone has noticed that it wasn't "owed" to them. Many people look at it as if, "well they are only trying to make up for overcharging people". I have heard that so many times. There are really alot of business owners(usually mom and pop places) that will help people out in those types of situations. Pass the word around to people that you know that he is a good one to do business with if they need the services that he provides. Don't be bashfull about that.
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I went back today and gave him $70 to order my part, didn't ask for a reciept or anything. Didn't feel I needed to. I do try to tell the guy how well he's helping me and that I really appreciate everything, like I said I'm not good at that but it is rare around here to find someone like this. He's a younger guy not more than 8 years older than me, and he's the main owner.
I'm going to do something as suggested, I see a lot of letters on the wall from other customers.
I'll look around tomorrow when i pick up my part, I might get some sort of automotive memorabilia that he can put in the office.

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