Hello and thank you for visiting Rookie Car Chat!
Since you’re here, something tells me you’re curious about your car, but you’re not sure where to start.
- Your windshield washer fluid needs a little attention?
- The tire(s) are low?
- There’s something juuuuuuust a little off about that sound you’re car is making?
You, my friend, have come to the right place!
No matter what your level of hands-on skill may be (or totally hands-off!), one can always use a little refresher or a new lesson on simple car maintenance and repairs.
You’re ready to open that hood and confidently know where your oil dipstick is located or how to check the pressure in your tires.
But…you feel stuck. Just opening the hood makes you anxious. What are all of those strange metal things under the hood??? The thought of changing a light bulb is about as comforting as going to the moon.
I get it. Cars are almost a living being all to themselves. They each seem to have their own little personalities and quirks. Even if you have the same exact car as your best friend, the two will never ‘act’ exactly alike.
Now, I know it can seem daunting, but I believe a few things…
- I believe you have the inherent ability to learn and understand “car 101” basics
- I believe you deserve to feel empowered and confident when a) performing the repair yourself or b) talking to a mechanic
- I believe we should all drink iced cold press coffees in the summer. (It’s my go-to morning pick me up these days!)
The gist is…you’re ready to learn and become confident that you can do small things for your car that you would never have dreamed of doing before.
My name is Chelsea and I want to help simplify the mystique of car repairs and maintenance and empower YOU to feel confident to make informed/educated decisions for your car repairs.
What makes me qualified to help you out?
Cars have been in my blood since I was a little kid. I’ve had a love for classic cars — I’m looking at you, 1970 ‘Cuda — since my early teen years and have gotten grease and grime under my fingernails more times than I can count.
My husband owns a restoration/welding/fabrication shop and also maintains a fleet of vans for his brother’s transportation business. I help him with repairs, paperwork, orders, you name it. Soon enough our toddler will be welding! (Don’t worry guys, she’s got a few more years before she’s allowed to play with fire.)
You could say vehicles are our lives.
We talk about repairs and parts and paint and you name it on a daily basis. The vastness of his knowledge knows no bounds.
He can sniff out a classic car from a mile away even if it has been sitting in a grove of trees rotting for the last 30 years. He’s taught me a few tricks of the trade these past 14 years, to say the least.
How about my past experiences with mechanics?
We’ve all been there before…feeling taken advantage of by some mechanic, amiright??? Let me tell you a quick story about it.
In my early years of college, I took my 2007 VW Rabbit in for a routine oil change. No biggy. My husband and I were driving along the freeway when a terribly loud WRRRRRRRRR noise came from under the car. We immediately pull over and guess what?
The skid plate that protects the underbody of the car was half hanging off. The other half was completely missing. Unfortunately, it was nighttime and there was nothing we could do since we were on the SIDE OF THE FREEWAY.
I called the shop the next morning to tell them what happened — they wrote me off and said, “it’s not needed, so just tear the rest off and it’ll be fine”. That didn’t sit well with me, but I thought, “They know best…they’re the professionals, I guess”.
After my husband heard the news he BLEW A GASKET (hehe, get it??). I took the car back to the shop, they reattached the half that was still on the car and sent me on my way. This still didn’t sit well with me…they didn’t attach it correctly in the first place after the oil change and now they aren’t replacing it?
After many phone calls back and forth with the manager, they finally assumed responsibility, ordered a new skid plate and replaced the half that was beaten and broken up.
Needless to say, we NEVER went back to that shop again. I learned my lesson.
If only I felt confident enough to stand up for myself and listen to my gut, this entire transaction would have been shorter and less painful.
This is why I want to help you out!!
Too many times we feel disheartened, taken advantage of, or embarrassed about our cars. No more, I say!
I want you to confidently stand up proud when you tell a mechanic “No” or tell your friend “Yes, I know how to do that!” when they ask you a car question.
Before I go, I want to invite you to join my email list community.
By signing up (don’t worry, it’s free!), you’ll receive a free “10 Things About Your Car” infographic to keep in your car glovebox.
Also, you’ll receive invitations to any free live webinars I’ll be hosting online. How neat is that??
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Hey…thanks again for coming here. You’re a rockstar!