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    Default Ex-Pat Fatigue

    This is talked about elsewhere in the world but I think we all know waht it is....

    My best cure is an airport..


    Agreed - we all get 'worn down, short tempered.. fact of life in the 3rd (OK 2.5) world

    But then, when you least expect , along comes a nice pick-me-up

    I had one this afternoon

    WIFE'S CAR
    needed the annual oil/filter change and tire rotation... ordinary stuff
    I have a man in RSJ who does mine - Javier by name... fluent English

    You would have thought I was Jackie Stewart in an F1 race...
    In/Out in 15-20 minutes.

    Oil/Filter/Labor 1400 pesos
    Tires flipped 200
    Done like dinner

    Not even time to fetch a beer across the street

    Sometimes life's easy here

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    It sure beats calling the DEALER like here in the states , and getting the earliest appointment a MONTH OUT , for a Problem which should not exist in the first place , on a BRAND NEW CAR no less ..

    Nice to hear you got such good Service ... Sure sounds a lot less stressful in many ways .

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    I can be sooo easy here... getting help
    seriously....

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    Quote Originally Posted by william webster View Post
    I can be sooo easy here... getting help
    seriously....
    Yes, I agree. The key is that once you find a professional you can actually really trust, the rest goes just fine. And despite what many people say, there are plenty of hard-working honest people here, but you need to find them. They might not be the first one who calls you "ma frien" on the street. We have a few different people, who never let down, and we use them for their profession/service since years. If they cannot do it, we do it ourselves or just wait when they can...

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    Quote Originally Posted by william webster View Post
    This is talked about elsewhere in the world but I think we all know waht it is....

    My best cure is an airport..


    Agreed - we all get 'worn down, short tempered.. fact of life in the 3rd (OK 2.5) world

    But then, when you least expect , along comes a nice pick-me-up

    I had one this afternoon

    WIFE'S CAR
    needed the annual oil/filter change and tire rotation... ordinary stuff
    I have a man in RSJ who does mine - Javier by name... fluent English

    You would have thought I was Jackie Stewart in an F1 race...
    In/Out in 15-20 minutes.

    Oil/Filter/Labor 1400 pesos
    Tires flipped 200
    Done like dinner

    Not even time to fetch a beer across the street

    Sometimes life's easy here
    Almost worth a trip to RSJ - where is he located ?

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    Texaco Station..... Tex-AH-co, as we say

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    Josh
    Agreed - I have built a network and rarely stray from it...
    Same colmados regularly
    Mechanic in Nagua and Cabrera and RSJ... all with different skills to choose from

    Medical & Dental
    ... the works.

    Once it's established - it runs smoothly
    and they appreciate the regularity..... honest people, as you say

    I've been worked over... live, learn move on

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    At about which number of dr1-posts one gets this service?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRob View Post
    Was thinking the same. I select a date convenient to me (other than Mondays, of course), get a loaner (generally an upgrade), they regularly keep me informed. Nowadays, I insist on having warranties for the serious stuff, but the maintenance is actually very reasonably priced. They've been very good to me, and I remain loyal to them.
    Also, as it can't be said enough times, in terms of buying a car in the DR, there's no better option than DR1's very own "the Gorgon" for having it sourced and fully checked out.

    He's got a ton of great reviews for his services, and is as good as they come.

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    Quote Originally Posted by william webster View Post
    Agreed - I have built a network and rarely stray from it...
    100% Agreed. In my opinion, this is the key to happiness (minus a few hurdles along the way) when
    choosing to reside in a developing country.

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