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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2001 8:38:26 PM

On GasBuddy, there are two types of polls. Polls about fuel, fuel prices, vehicles, driving, etc. are called Opinion Polls. New Opinion Polls are created each week, and presented on the left side of the home page; members can earn 100 points each week for answering them.

Polls about the workings of this Web site are called Member Polls. The link to the Member Polls is only present when a member is logged in, but is shown at the top of every page. Member Polls are created only occasionally, when and if the admins feel the need. (No points are earned for answering Member Polls.)

If you have a suggestion for an OPINION Poll, you may post it here for the admins' consideration; please do NOT post such suggestions in the Member Polls topic.

If you have a suggestion for a MEMBER Poll, those suggestions should be posted in the Member Polls topic, and NOT here.

[Edited by: GM at 4/10/2008 11:27:57 AM EST]
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2015 12:06:23 PM

I also like this version:

When my vehicle needs major mechanical work that I can't do myself, I usually take it to:
• A friend/relative
• An independent repair shop
• A chain repair shop
• A car dealer
• Other/NA

Welcome back Jrsva!

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jrsva
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2015 7:12:51 AM

We need better agreement before the service question is ready.
Let's go with one off the Ready List that we approved a month or so ago.

* * *     CC et al,     * * *

Here is our proposed poll for next week; please leave us a note when you get it —

Do you notice a difference in mileage when using different grades of gasoline?
• Yes
• No
• I don't change grades
• I don't use gasoline

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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2015 8:50:05 PM

I like

When my vehicle needs service that I can't provide, I usually take it to:
• Car dealer
• Major chain repair shop
• Local independent repair shop
• A friend/relative does it
• Depends on what needs to be repaired
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Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2015 7:13:39 PM

I like it, jrsva.
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2015 4:27:00 PM

Let’s get back to the original question and try to get oil changes and tune-ups out of it.

When my vehicle needs major mechanical work that I can't do myself, I usually take it to:
• A friend/relative
• An independent repair shop
• A chain repair shop
• A car dealer
• Other/NA

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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2015 11:31:38 AM

And Discount Tire will be a chain or discount store?
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2015 6:44:09 AM

You also have department stores like Sears that will also install tires.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2015 5:52:42 AM

Good question z. A discount store could be Wal*Mart were a tire chain could be Goodyear.
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2015 5:20:18 AM

I like the tire question, but what is the difference between a discount store and a chain tire shop?
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2015 5:16:11 AM

Unless we are very specific, we will still need

• Depends on what needs to be repaired

I think we should go with

When my vehicle needs service that I can't provide, I usually take it to:
• Car dealer
• Major chain repair shop
• Local independent repair shop
• A friend/relative does it
• Depends on what needs to be repaired

[Edited by: scoutmaster at 1/29/2015 6:16:56 AM EST]
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2015 10:34:32 PM

"When my vehicle needs MAJOR service that I can't provide, I usually take it to:"

orWhen my vehicle needs major service or mechanical repair that I can't provide, I usually take it to:
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2015 8:50:00 PM

Yes, that is a problem. Would it help to ask:

When my vehicle needs MAJOR service that I can't provide, I usually take it to:

We might ask about "mechanical service", but that might be too obscure.


Another approach would be to ask about specific items. For example:

When my vehicle needs new tires, I usually go to:
• An independent tire shop
• A chain tire shop
• A discount store
• A car dealer
• I shop on the Internet
• Other/NA
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2015 8:47:19 PM

Body work could be a big ticket item and I would take my vehicle to a body shop for that and to my mechanic for mechanical repairs. Do we need to differentiate those?
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2015 5:13:20 PM

Maybe we need to clarify what sort of service - repairs and big ticket services vs routine maintenance (oil changes, tire rotations, etc.).
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2015 12:59:24 PM

I left depends because it could depend on what type of service it needs. For oil changes, I'm going to a Jiffy Lube but I'm not going to Jiffy Lube if my transmission is slipping.
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2015 11:48:47 AM

When my vehicle needs service that I can't provide, I usually take it to:
• A friend/relative
• An independent repair shop
• A chain repair shop
• A car dealer
• Other/NA

I would either get rid of Other or NA or combine them.
Other could include I don't take my cars for service.
No need for the DEPENDS answer, especially with Other/NA choices.

Welcome back jrsva

[Edited by: TxJeans at 1/28/2015 12:49:19 PM EST]
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2015 9:21:33 AM

How about this?

When my vehicle needs service that I can't provide, I usually take it to:
• A friend/relative
• An independent repair shop
• A chain repair shop
• A car dealer
• Other
• NA
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2015 8:57:51 AM


I would settle for “A friend/relative does it” in place of “Other.” Scout’s version still has the unnecessary ‘it depends’ answer. Note that the question asks about ‘usually.’
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2015 8:54:23 AM

I have not been participating but I read back thru the discussion. I like this version best so far:

When my vehicle needs service that I can't provide, I usually take it to:
• An independent repair shop
• A chain repair shop
• A car dealer
• Other
• NA

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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2015 8:49:08 AM

How about

When my vehicle needs service that I can't provide, I usually take it to:
• Car dealer
• Major chain repair shop
• Local independent repair shop
• A friend/relative does it
• Depends on what needs to be repaired
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2015 8:32:00 AM

Here is my revision:

When my vehicle needs service that I can't provide, I usually take it to:

- An independent repair shop
- A chain repair shop
- A dealer
- Other
- N/A
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2015 8:01:55 AM

We are back to definitions of likely, unlikely, possible, impossible, probable and improbable...

I agree with a5 and Z on this one...
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2015 7:45:04 AM

That is possible, z, but in my opinion, unlikely.
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2015 5:21:45 AM

The problem with scoutmaster's version is that one's preferred mechanic can be at the dealership.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2015 5:07:19 AM

How about

When my vehicle needs service that I can't provide, I usually take it to:

- My preferred mechanic
- A chain repair shop
- A dealer
- Depends on what needs to be repaired
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bugc
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2015 7:40:18 PM

I would like to exclude the self and friend answers by changing the question to something like:

When my vehicle needs service that I can't provide, I usually take it to:
or
Where do you usually take your vehicle for professional repair?

I focus on service and repair, not maintenance, so I would expect a number of N/A answers.

I had proposed differentiating between a specific mechanic you trusted and an independent shop you trusted.
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2015 7:39:55 PM

(duplicate post)

[Edited by: bugc at 1/27/2015 8:41:35 PM EST]
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2015 11:39:57 AM

Since the question asks about where one usually takes their car, can we get rid of this option?

• Depends on what needs to be repaired
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2015 10:10:04 AM

I like a5's latest.
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2015 9:02:33 AM

Yes, I agree. "My preferred mechanic" can be any of the above. I agree with a5's revision:

Where do you usually take your vehicle for repair/maintenance?
• Car dealer
• Major chain repair shop
• Local independent repair shop
• I do it myself
• A friend/relative does it
• Depends on what needs to be repaired
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2015 7:44:30 AM

Looking at the 2007 poll, I would agree that we should not give choices for gas station or lube shop since they cannot do most repairs unless they have some sort of class-A mechanic shop attached to them. I would split the "Do it myself" and "get a friend to do it" choice. I wouldn't use "my preferred mechanic" because your preferred mechanic will be at whatever shop you choose, whether that be your neighbour, an independent shop or the dealer, etc... "Done at various places" is the easy-out choice because it is like saying "any of the above". I would likely choose this though because I do take my vehicle to many different types of shops but mostly my preferred independent shop. I would list choices as follows:

• Car dealer
• Major chain repair shop
• Local independent repair shop
• I do it myself
• a friend/relative does it
• Depends on what needs to be repaired

Using a lube shop or tire shop as a choice would be okay if the question were to ask about where oil changes or tires were serviced. maybe consider that for the future.
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2015 6:22:43 AM

Revising scoutmaster's version:

When my vehicle needs service, I usually take it to:
- My preferred mechanic
- A chain repair shop
- A dealer
- I do it myself
- Depends on what needs to be repaired
- Other
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2015 5:55:21 AM

How about

When my vehicle needs service, I usually take it to:
- My preferred mechanic
- A chain repair shop
- A dealer
- I do it myself
- Depends on what needs repaired
- Other
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2015 5:53:43 AM

The last time we ran a poll about this was 2007 13. Here are the answers.

Car dealer 27%
Gas station repair shop 2%
Major chain repair shop. (Firestone, Sears) 5%
Local independent repair shop 23%
Chain - quick lube business 7%
I do it myself/ or a friend does it 22%
Done at various types of places 9%
Other- not listed 0%
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2015 2:50:58 AM

Expanding Z's suggestion:

When my vehicle needs service, I usually take it to:
- My preferred mechanic
- A preferred independent shop
- A dealer
- Other
- It varies
- Not applicable
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2015 1:08:57 AM

> I'm not real fond of the eating question since I think in some states, it is illegal to eat and drive.

The question was, "Do you think eating and driving should be allowed?"

Someone can think it *should* be allowed regardless of whether or not it *is* legally allowed in their state.
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2015 12:11:29 PM

I like the last two suggestions z posted. I'm not real fond of the eating question since I think in some states, it is illegal to eat and drive.
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2015 11:42:48 AM

New suggestion:

Do you have a personal mechanic that you take your vehicle to for service?
- Yes
- No
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2015 11:04:49 AM

New suggestion:

When your vehicle is in the shop, do you watch the technician perform the repairs/maintenance?
- Yes
- No, because I cannot
- No, whether I can or not
- N/A
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2015 4:10:39 AM

eating and driving must be allowed, but not at the same time. ;-)

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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2015 2:48:28 PM

New suggestion:

Do you think eating and driving should be allowed?
- Yes
- No
- Depends on the item
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CC
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2015 2:01:06 PM

This has been entered. Thank you.
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2015 6:50:20 AM

Looks like most prefer A.

*** Moderator ***

Here is our proposed question for next week. Please leave us a note when you get it.

Which would you trust most if buying a used vehicle?

• My inspection/test drive
• Inspection by mechanic of my choice
• My friend's inspection
• An independent vehicle history report
• Seller's inspection report
• The prior owner's comments
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2015 6:05:41 AM

I still prefer B.
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 11:37:06 PM

I'll go along with A.

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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 11:01:29 PM

I choose A.
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 10:52:08 PM

I pick A - but I am not going to go the mat if the sentiment heads in the other direction.
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 4:09:29 PM

I bought two used vehicles from a private seller so there was no "Sellers inspection report". I did have my mechanic check out each vehicle.

I feel B has better answers.
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 4:01:57 PM

I still like A
I know a fair number of folks with no formal training that buy somewhat older big American cars and do much of the work themselves.
A seller could be an individual, a dealer, or other company (CU car sales), and they could provide an inspection done by 1) their in house mechanics, 2) outside mechanic.
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 3:30:54 PM

Having listened to all of the rational thoughts, I still think -A- and accept SUVFan's explanation about the "My friend's inspection" option.
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 12:20:14 PM

If I never go to that mechanic again, it is not my mechanic. It may be one that was chosen jointly. To me, the "my" leaves me thinking more of a mechanic that I have an ongoing business relationship with for my vehicles.

But, that said, I will go with the flow and what the group decides.
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