Careful when you take your car to the shop!

Incredible but true: you take your car to the Renault shop in Grenoble for some work  (in this case rear bumper), you pick it up, it looks great on outside, but inside it smells like somebody poured out a can of solvent!!! My god, you say, what is it? Your wife didn’t think to ask at the shop, so you search around under the seats and what not thinking maybe a solvent rag was left behind, then you notice that the child seats smell quite strongly, so the only explanation has to be air freshener. First of all, wtf would they spray air freshener in the first place, and secondly air freshener that smells like triclorethylene or some other sort of highly toxic solvent??? Are they completely MAD? And of course it’s the middle of winter, with temperatures below 0° C, and you have to drive around town with your windows wide open in order not to be intoxicated. And the smell lasts for several days, with windows widely-cracked open 24 hours a day.

So next time you take your car to a shop in France, be sure to tape a note on the dashboard saying:

 “Pas de parfum d’ambiance, pas de neutralizateur d’odeur, aucun produit de nettoyage, AUCUN produit à l’intérieur de l’habitacle de la voiture. SVP !!!!”

(By the way, beware of their windshield spray products too. Outrageously perfumed of course, so I have to use plain water with vineager or rubbing alcohol. You may want to put a note under hood saying “N’ajouter aucun produit de lavage de parebrise, SVP !!!”)

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One Response to “Careful when you take your car to the shop!”

  1. onlyinfrance Says:

    I recently had to take my car back to that same shop. I put my sign in big letters on the dashboard, and it worked! I picked up my car completely un-fragranced!

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