When Saying No to a Car Mechanic’s Up-Sell Isn’t Enough: Try this Technique

462296681Remember the times you brought in your car for a routine oil change but ended up agreeing to something extra your automobile probably didn’t need? Or the times you said no but later felt you should have said yes?

Wouldn’t life be so much easier if there was a way to tap into a reservoir of wisdom that allows you to make sound decisions each time without the stress and doubt?

What if there is? What would your life be like then?

Even if you think it can only happen in the movies or in a perfect world, think again. There’s a way.

Since the mechanics at the shop where I take my car in for a routine maintenance have clever up-selling strategies, I have a few tools up my sleeves as well. But, mine is a bag of tools, though, not tricks. And this has nothing to do with getting even.

Prior to learning this technique, I used to grudgingly bring my car in when it was due for an oil change and faced the dreaded moment each time a mechanic walked up my way to tell me something might be wrong. Even before the mechanic made his way up to me, my primal brain went into high gear.

Although it was easy to say no to an up-sell based on what I’ve heard people say about the tactics mechanics use, I still felt fazed over my decision each time I said no. I just wasn’t sure what the truth was. Deep down, I wanted to believe the mechanic wasn’t trying to make an extra buck or two from me; on the other hand, I wondered if that was really true.

But, one day, all of that changed.

It was one hot afternoon. I remember watching Truth Techniques Volume 1 and scrambling to take copious notes; writing down what I thought was important, which was everything, pressing the pause button and hitting rewind after every few minutes.

Right at the very last hour of the 3-hour video, at the 2:37:30 mark to be exact, I received the answers to the above questions.

Although I won’t spoil what Truth Techniques Volume 1 is all about, I’ll tell you this: at that two-and-a-half hour mark, Quantum Techniques (QT) founders and practitioners Dr. Stephen and Beth Daniel teach you how to test for nonphysical issues such as business deals and relationships. When you learn to muscle-test, you can test for truth on just about anything.

For practice, I decided to test for truth the last time the mechanic, let’s call him Jose, told me that my car’s fuel injector was dirty. The answer was obvious, but I wanted to know so that I was mentally prepared the next time I took my car in.

And, you guessed it, the next time I took my car in for an oil change, it was a breeze. Although I still don’t like taking my car in, the stress, anxiety, and dread have lessened in intensity. The mental chatter stopped. Now, I feel confident knowing that Jose can’t pull a fast one on me.

But, there was that one time when Jose tried something new.

On my next visit to the car shop, I was prepared to say no, again, but when Jose came to get me, this time he had a pressing look on his face. He waved his arm flagging me to go on back with him before I could say no. Many stressful thoughts rummaged through my mind as I made that seemingly long trek with Jose back to my car.

Although I had muscle-tested beforehand and got that my car didn’t need anything else besides an oil change, being human, I was worried. “What if something was really wrong with the car?” I thought to myself as another dreaded thought about the possibility of more money out the window surfaced.

Jose was convincing with his show-and-tell, but I remained firm with my decision and declined his offer. I learned that when in doubt, it was still best to stick with the answer received from muscle-testing until I had more information available to make an informed decision.

As soon as I got home, I called the brand dealership where I take my car in for major servicing because my inquiring mind wanted to know if my car indeed needed a transmission flush and if it did, when.

Less than five minutes on the phone with Steve validated my self-testing. My car didn’t need that recommended service until it reached 90k or 100k miles, which wasn’t due for another couple of years, thank goodness. Steve also suggested that I refer to my car’s trusted best friend: the manual for recommendations.

As you can see, learning to test for truth and relying on my self-testing spared my car from having an unnecessary service performed. In addition, I also avoided paying for something I know Jose would have charged me an unscrupulous amount for.

Although Steve works at the brand dealership, you might think I should be wary about what he’d told me. Quite honestly, I am not. I have no need to test for truth on that. One of the things you’ll see happening with yourself as you master self-testing is that you’ll learn to trust yourself more, and eventually others.

Sometimes you’ll also know the answer before you even self-test, which makes life so much easier when you just know what to do every time. Since the body is also very literal be sure to ask specific questions or the same questions in different ways if you need to.

Since we all face situations where we have to think on our feet, it helps to have a go-to tool you can use immediately because let’s face it, it’s not always feasible to call someone for help.

Without knowing how to muscle-test, I could have told Jose to wait while I call a trusted friend or a family member or page a QT practitioner on-call and wait until someone called me back. But, I know Jose wouldn’t be too happy about that and it wouldn’t be professional either.

Or, if I have Internet services on my cell phone, I could go online and do a quick search to see if transmission flush is listed under any articles with rip-offs and scams as the headline (yes, it is), but I don’t have that extra service on my phone. The fact is I do know how to muscle-test and that’s all that matters now.

When you learn to self-test, you can test for truth like I did to help you get out of a bind when you’re in one. Of the 24 techniques you’ll learn in Truth Techniques Volume 1, there are some you can use covertly so as to not alarm those who might be unfamiliar with applied kinesiology as well as to avoid any social awkwardness. One caveat though: if you face a situation where you need to make a quick decision and you decide to muscle-test on the spot in front of someone, just be sure to save the pistol hand technique for another occasion. You’ll know what I mean. Trust me on this one.

So unless you have the patience, time, and resources to go from one shop to another in the hopes of finding someone who doesn’t attempt to up-sell you on something, good luck. With our modern and fast-paced lifestyle, it’s not feasible and it’s not smart, but muscle-testing is.

Learning to test for truth can help you overcome the stress of not knowing whether the mechanic is trying to up-sell you on a part your car doesn’t need or simply because the mechanics really have your car’s interest at heart. (I think it’s safe to say the consensus is on the former but there are some honest ones out there.)

Once you become more comfortable, you can even use self-testing to find a reliable and trustworthy mechanic whose values are aligned with yours. Think of it as your own version of Angie’s List.

When you learn this skill, you become independent and you don’t have to rely on someone else as you’ll have access to a reservoir of wisdom to obtain answers you need when you need them.

What are you waiting for? It’s now your turn to watch Truth Techniques Volume 1. You can thank me later.



About Sarah Bun

Sarah writes about the QT life + style and everything in between. When she is not empowering through words, you may find her in the kitchen whipping up some no-sugar added paleo and raw desserts. If you don’t catch her there, then you may just find her somewhere with a notebook and pen—writing.

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