They expect to graduate in June 2007 and hopefully found their

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But did you ever wonder if a woman might make a cheap moncler coats better car mechanic?

Well, chances are, no, you didn’t. For the majority of women, a career in car repair is about as appealing a prospect as one in plumbing, or refuse collection. It took a Frenchman named Herve Malige to do the wondering for us, and, following that, to recruit some women and find out.

His unique project runs at the Base 34 training centre, near Montpellier. This year’s intake of 15 women, all aged between 22 and 38, includes former air hostesses, beauticians and a nurse. They expect to graduate in June 2007 and hopefully found their own repair business together.

That too would be unique; there are currently no garages in Europe run by an exclusively female staff. The nearest all female car repair business to Mr Malige is moncler outlet sale in Montreal, Canada, and he wouldn’t be able to get a service there: the moncler outlet store mechanics insist that all their customers be women as well.

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In fact, one in ten female drivers in the UK admitted she couldn’t even find the bonnet release in her car, let alone check the oil or change a tyre. It’s no wonder that women drivers’ failure to carry out basic checks has lead to almost a million breakdowns, according to motor insurance provider InsureandGo.

moncler jacket sale The problem isn’t our ability it’s perhaps because most women just aren’t interested in what goes on beyond the steering wheels and pedals. The vast majority of us leave repairs and maintenance up to someone else, even if it moncler mens jackets means a trip to the garage or a call to the breakdown firm. moncler jacket sale

But consider that we spend 4 billion every year in the UK on unsatisfactory repair work that’s based on an average125 of your money wasted every time a job is botched, done unnecessarily or overcharged for and all of a sudden there’s a good reason for getting a bit better informed!

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moncler outlet store All too often, women leave car moncler outlet repairs to the men in their lives, when, as we’ve proved, they’re capable of doing a much better job by themselves. And when dad, brother or boyfriend isn’t around, we all too readily fork out expensive call out fees for a breakdown mechanic; generally to do a job the average woman could do with her eyes closed if she just cheap moncler took a little interest in her car. This tell you all sorts of dull cheap moncler jackets but vital information about tyre pressures, fuses, fuel capacity, etc stuff that’ll get a whole lot more interesting as soon as you break down! moncler outlet store

Most manuals have a log section at the back where you can make a note of fuel consumption and mileage, and when certain engine parts are cheap moncler outlet due for replacement. Keeping this up to date takes care of the majority of preventable breakdowns; it also ensures you won’t get caught short with the petrol dial in the red again.

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No matter how well you maintain your car, sooner moncler sale or later you’re bound to end up taking it to a garage whether for an MOT, a service, or a repair job.

moncler outlet sale Unfortunately, most of us find visiting the auto centre about as much fun as a trip to the dentist’s. 57% of the women interviewed by InsureandGo said they felt intimidated in garages, and a whopping 84% expected to be ripped off. moncler outlet sale

Sadly, both these fears are born out by a substantial body of consumer surveys and mystery shopper research.

cheap moncler jackets In 2002, the Department for Trade and Industry (DTI) carried out a mystery shopper survey that involved putting test cars in for a service at 250 UK garages. It’s shocking enough that, in 40% of cases, mechanics didn’t bother to give the cars a full service before handing them back; but it’s particularly alarming that the figure rose to 58% when the researcher was a woman. cheap moncler jackets

cheap moncler coats So, besides breaking down far more often than other drivers, the seven million women who don’t know anything about their cars are leaving themselves vulnerable to the botching and overcharging of unscrupulous mechanics. cheap moncler coats

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What we can do at the garage

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cheap moncler outlet The other reason motorists make easy targets for an unscrupulous mechanics is that we’re very often in a bit of a panic. You’ve heard of panic buying when there’s a fuel shortage or a big storm coming? Well, having our cars break down elicits a similar reaction in most drivers; we just want the thing fixed, money no object at least, not until the mechanic hands over your bill cheap moncler outlet.

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