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The ideal is the mechanic who treats your car like his own.

I don't mean to argue with you directly, but a friend of mine who is a mechanic told me, 'Never buy a car that was owned by a mechanic.'

His reasoning was that a mechanic knows how to spend just enough money to keep a car running. For example, one can spend $200 to completely seal an oil leak, or one can spend $100 to seal up the worst of the leak, enough to get by so that the next oil change will bring your oil levels back up to standard.

My friend said a mechanic would choose the first option for his customer's car, and the second option for his own car.
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