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Getting Second Opinions from a Mobile Mechanic



In medicine as with mechanics, it’s sometimes a good idea to get a second opinion. While an auto mechanic you can trust is incredibly valuable, it always pays to double check. This is especially true if you are looking at something with a big price tag.


Besides, a second opinion can give you peace of mind. You can rest assured that yes, the damage is that bad. Yes, the repairs will cost that kind of money. Yes, your mechanic is competent because someone else sees the situation the same way they do.


Here’s some advice on getting second opinions.


First, going online is a risky proposition. While you might get estimates, there’s no guarantee that your exact situation is what the other person experienced. There are too many details that can affect the bottom line. However, online research does give you numbers you can use as starting point.


When getting that second opinion, be courteous. Be straightforward. Do not show any hint of fear, being rude, or panic. If you do, the game is up.


In general, being rude to anyone is going to cause the price of anything to go up unless there’s a price tag on it that’s visible. If you’re afraid or panicking, the unscrupulous out there will take advantage of that and get you to pay more than is strictly necessary.


On the other hand, if you’re calm, if you listen to them, you get a fair quote. If you’re actively friendly and pleasant, the crew might even lower the costs a little bit.


You can try offering to refer new clients their way. This works best if they know you’re well-connected. Even if you’re not, it makes them not want to mess with you because it could mean lost business. Offering referrals are basically free advertising for them, and they’ll want to impress for that.


If you happen to have a lot of social media followers or a well-read blog, you’re in a position to get excellent service. Incidentally, this applies to any service industry, from a mechanic Perth to a fancy restaurant.


Only an idiot rejects the chance at repeat business. One customer’s value to a business isn’t just an isolated visit, but every instance of them coming back. It is also tied to whether or not that customer has any friends who may visit and become recurring sources of income.


Ask around for who your second opinion should come from. Your first mechanic may recommend a good one, and most shops are honest about this sort of thing. You can also ask your friends for their choice of auto mechanic, mobile or otherwise. There’s also the internet, which can be hit or miss.


Be sure to get a good list going and narrow it down. You’ll probably want someone local, professional, and doesn’t have any noticeable black marks on their record. If you can get an opinion from someone you trust, that’s great, but don’t take it as an absolute.


If possible, get a mechanic or car enthusiast’s opinion on what shops on your list are good choices.

Sit and Keep Fit

There’s a Way for Most Things

We need to fit more into the same period than before. In other words, more is expected of us in a shorter time. We spend longer at work. This leaves less time to keep physically fit. Fortunately, there are some healthier ways to sit. After all, the bulk of our time is spent on a chair. You canchallenge your balance and engage specific muscles whilst sitting. So, you can sit and keep fit at the same time.

How Can Sitting Keep You Fit?

Gym balls have many uses. You may have used one in a health club. Alternatively, your physiotherapist may have shown you how to use one to improve your balance or to strengthen
some muscles.

A gym ball can also be used in place of a chair. There are many reasons why you may consider
this. Some of the main ones are listed below:

• To alleviate back pain.

• To improve posture.

• To stop slouching.

• To have a comfortable seat.

• To strengthen leg muscles.

• To continually challenge the physique.

• To keep you alert.

• To benefit from various physical improvements simultaneously.

• To engage several muscles, including the abdominal ones.

• To reduce pressure.

As has become evident, sitting on a gym ball makes a great alternative to a chair at home, or in the office environment.

Keep safety in mind. Use shoes that are flat, and do not slip. Hi heels are a no, no when
balancing on a gym ball.


The Benefits of Alternative Seating

In addition to the benefits that have already been mentioned, your core strength will also

The muscles involved in core strength are:

• pelvic floor muscles,

• various abdominal muscles,

• muscles that run vertically up each side of the vertebral column,

• lower back muscles which extend all the way to the armpits,

• the largest muscle in your buttocks, and

• one of the major muscles in your back.

Lack of strength in any group of these muscles can lead to minor, or in some cases, major
complications. It goes without saying that any weakness that has to do with health, can become a
nuisance. You may even become dependent on others in some fashion.

Everybody wants to look and feel good. Exercising your core muscles improves your balance
and stability. A strong core enables you to carry your body in an elegant manner.

A Word about Alternative Seating

A gym ball, also known as a Swiss ball, makes a great seat. It makes you use your muscles in a
beneficial way. You are forced to sit up, use your legs, and balance.

If you are not used to sitting on a gym ball, you may find a few minutes enough to start with. It is
important to remember to get up carefully, as it is not stationary. Move your feet close to it and
your body forward a little. Maybe even hold onto something when getting up until you become
confident at performing this move.


Can you afford not to?

If you spend a lot of time sitting either at home or work, considering an alternative seat to a chair
may be an idea. Challenging your body in some manner at the same time can only be positive.
Here's some food for thought: You can sit and keep fit.