With this being my first column, I thought I should start out by introducing myself and providing a little personal background.
First off, a disclaimer. I am not an expert when it comes to mechanics—far from it, in fact. But I am co-owner of a local auto service center in Kelowna, and just through osmosis alone, I’ve learned a lot about the inner workings of vehicles.
In return, I freely give out advice to my mechanics about child rearing, home decorating, why they should remember certain dates on the calendar, and the importance of an occasional surprise bouquet. I can tell from the looks on their faces that they really appreciate my female insight to these mind boggling situations.
As for the mechanical aspect of this column, it is intended to shed some light for those of us who are not so mechanically inclined. Any information I give will be proof-read by the boys here at our shop. I will ensure that any mechanical advice I give is accurate and try to answer the most common questions we come across in the shop on a daily basis.
I would also like to encourage you to send me any questions you have about your vehicle—or for that matter child rearing, home decorating and dates on the calendar!
My own background is nothing wildly exciting. I’m one of a few thousand who have moved here from Alberta. Although I’ve always had an interest in cars, that interest was more about whether the paint colour of the car would match my house and what would my neighbours think if I owned “that” car—I admit it, a little shallow.
I met my husband— aka the mechanic—on a vacation to Kelowna many years ago. I was involved in a minor fender-bender one hot Friday afternoon (yes, that was me who tied up Highway 97 traffic for a few hours on Aug. 23, 1996) when he swooped in to save me and my vehicle.
A quick fix, an exchange of phone numbers, and voila, here we are today.
So it’s really his mechanical knowledge and what I’ve been taught over the years that I will be imparting to you.
The only thing he didn’t teach me was how to change a tire—that credit goes to my father. He wouldn’t let me drive my then newly purchased Chevette until I could change a tire on my own. It’s a learned skill I’ve had to put to use at least five times that I can remember on my own.
So with that said, I am very excited to be doing this column for the Capital News. Please send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s get started.
Tanya Odorizzi is co-owner of Pro Stop Auto Center in Kelowna.