Speaking Frankly

29 03 2012

Dale BertramI would like to take a moment and speak with my readers about a very important issue.  This is an issue that interestingly enough, those of us in the automotive repair industry share with medical doctors.  This is the case of self diagnosis.

An individual can wake up one morning with a sore throat; go to WebMD and choose from a long list of symptoms and try to match the one that fits their symptoms the best.  Next they call the doctor’s office and relay their findings to the doctor and insist on a prescription being called in for them.  They are told they must visit the doctor before a prescription can be written. Why?  Because nothing you can find on the web can diagnose like a visit to the doctor.  Below I’ve included what I found on WebMD.  Notice it says conditions that may cause these problems.

Sore throat

WebMD Symptom Checker helps you find the most common symptom combinations and medical conditions related to sore throat.

Click on the combination that matches your symptoms to find the conditions that may cause these problems.

There is a very long list of possibilities!

Thanks to the Internet and entry level scan tools consumers now think they can diagnose their vehicle’s problems and even tell service and repair shops how much they should be charged for parts and labor.

The Internet has provided us many wonderful things and many more are coming but it doesn’t replace the years of training, experience and highly sophisticated scan tools that medical doctors and automotive service and repair technicians have at their disposal.

I encourage all of you to find out as much as you can and to be proactive in your personal health and your car’s health but I also ask that you respect the experts in these areas.  We have your best interest at heart.

Happy Motoring,






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