I know I don’t update here much but this is too wordy for IG, so please just read ok?
I recently had some car issues and because I was in Japan working, my dad sent the car in to a workshop at Sin Ming cause it’s nearer my place.
My dad paid $369 for wheel alignment, the pipe for wiper water, and a light bulb for the front light.
We took the car back and it was fine then a few days later, ALL OF A SUDDEN, the car started shaking very badly whenever we hit the brakes.
Like vibrating A LOT. So much that it freaked us out.
So obviously we sent it back to the Sin Ming workshop(let’s just call it Sharky Workshop from now on). And guess what they said?
“Engine pistons malfunction”. Cost to change?
FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS.
And yes, it’s a BM so we should have expected that repairs would be costly. But things started to get fishy…
This car has one year of COE left so my dad was contemplating scrapping it now instead of paying the 5k, cause who knows within this year, how much more we’d have to pay for other potential repair work right? If we scrap now and buy another car, it would make more sense than paying this 5k. (lengthy explanation for this, something about scrap value now vs a year later and cost of another car etc, I’m v lazy to elaborate, anyway it’s not the point)
The moment the guys at Sharky Workshop heard that, they said,
“Okay, we can do it for THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS.”
Can suddenly discount TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS???
Super sharky right? If really need 5k to repair, how can they give so much discount so randomly?
So the moment I heard this, I insisted my dad take the car back and reject Sharky Workshop. And send the car to Bluwel for a second opinion. If really need to pay 3 or 5k, then we would consider scrapping. At least I know Bluwel won’t try and con me.
So my brother(he just passed so yay someone else to pick me from airport haha) sent the car in to Bluwel the next day.
Within 2 hours, Mervyn (the car angel in case you forgot the other post I wrote on Bluwel), bless his heart, texted me:
“$300 can settle already. Change spark plugs and ignition coil. I ordered for you already the parts.”
Me: “Wah cfm? My dad asks if anything wrong w the 4 pistons”
Mervyn: “No leh the computer just say misfire. Which involves the spark plugs and coil. If change already still misfire means engine problem. Need to monitor, but just now we went to test drive all is good. So change already y’all monitor”
Erm obviously all that is Greek to me haha. But I was just SO happy we saved money and could fix the issue! 5k to 300 bucks leh!!! It’s crazy a lot of difference.
And I was extra assured cause Bluwel test drove it to make sure it was working fine.
We ended up paying 300+ cause of some other stuff(something to do with the aircon), but the breakdown was super clear on the receipt and my family was so relieved we don’t have to rush and hunt for another car now.
Now, I shared this story with my personal friends and everyone was like WHICH IS THE SHARKY WORKSHOP??? WE DON’T WANNA GO THERE.
I don’t want to share which workshop it is, cause there MAY BE a chance they diagnosed another problem which they deemed fit for repair. Like how different doctors diagnose illnesses and prescribe treatments differently. And I know by not sharing, a lot of you would just avoid all the workshops in Sin Ming in general, but this post isn’t about them. (And I’m still gon call it Sharky Workshop based on the fact they quoted us 5k then adjusted to 3k when they knew we weren’t gon go ahead with it)
What I wanna say is, even if you have a current workshop you’re happy with, you can always send it to Bluwel for a second opinion. Don’t be lazy when it comes to your car, cause you’re not a mechanic, you won’t know what’s really going on inside. If we were lazy, we would have paid 3k or even 5k to solve a $300 issue.
And if you don’t have a mechanic you trust, I personally vouch for Bluwel. So many workshops are so sharky, plus I really think my dad looks like he can be makan-ed lol he’s a f nice old man (love you daddy), and they’ll just milk you for whatever you’re willing to pay.
At least you know Bluwel won’t try to con you. This is NOT an ad, we paid for the new parts and Mervyn has no clue I’m even writing this. He didn’t even ask for an IG post or anything. Please just send your cars there for repair work and accident claims or any car issues la. If you’re a girl like me, you send to sharky workshops sure kena conned one. Just text Mervyn!
Bluwel Automotive Service Pte Ltd
Autobay @ Kaki Bukit
1, Kaki Bukit Ave 6, Blk C, #01-
6745 2088 Office
9755 2088 Kenny Yap
9488 7111 Kwang
P/S: I’m super cynical and I think the sharky workshop might have done something to the car when we first sent it in, cause we never encountered any shaking prior to that. But obvsly my dad the nice guy doesn’t think so and I think he might make me remove this part of the post so I’ll just add it as a footnote cause I really think they made the shaking problem happen! So annoyed. If you’re reading this, probably means my dad hasn’t read my post yet hahahah.