Working on Family Minivans

It usually doesn’t matter whether a customer has kids. If I’m doing any kind of work outside the car, or on the engine, it doesn’t matter. But then if I have to work on the interior, it can make things harder.

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One of the common issues when working on family cars, especially family minivans, is the child seats. A lot of times I have to fold or remove seats, and I can’t do that when there’s a child seat in it. I have to figure out how to remove it, and then when I’m done I have to leave it disconnected for the customer to reinstall, because the safety of their child seat is not my responsibility.

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Another thing that can make the jobs harder is the other stuff that may be in the car, like strollers. I had to fold down the rear seat to get a trim panel off, so I had to remove this large stroller and a bunch of other stuff. When customers know that they’re bringing their car in for interior work or for something involving the seats, I would hope that they would clean out at least some of the stuff in their car, but most don’t.

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And then there’s just the disgusting ones. Food and garbage all over the floor. I know kids are messy, but this is not fun to sit in and crawl around in. I don’t even want to think about the stale food I’ve found. Please clean your car periodically, especially when headed to the shop for interior work!


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