What's up with the people who keep offering to do body work on my car?
October 29, 2010 2:20 PM Subscribe
Why do these skeezy guys solicit me in public to do body work on my car?
posted by Kylio to travel & transportation (31 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
The basics are self-evident, sure, but this happens so regularly and with enough commonalities that it feels like there's a story to it.
I'm in Los Angeles. I have a lot of cosmetic damage to my hood and front bumper which I've elected not to have repaired. Every now and again when I'm in a parking lot or nearing one, a guy (sometimes two) will approach me--usually in some creepy way like following me for a few blocks, honking repeatedly, or just looming in front of the car until I get out--and offer to perform body work on the car.
Only they'll inevitably refer to the car as "your Honda." "Need the front end of your Honda repaired?" When I say no enough times, sometimes they'll close with "Like to sell your Honda?" Who talks that way? It's obviously some kind of patter. Between their approach, their refusal to take a No, and their not-quite-human mode of talking, I get skeezed out and take off before I think to ask them what their deal is.
I assume they're offering off-the-books repairs and that their pushiness at least in part adds to the somewhat illicit thrill of the person who really is looking for a cut-rate, hush-hush Bondo job. But how many of them are there? Are they organized? Is their entire day spent prowling for dents? Are they professional solicitors working for repairmen, or are they themselves doing the repairs? And should I worry when one of them gives a long, loving look to my beat-up, old-ass family sedan before tooling off to look for fresh dents to pull?