Effect of Gender on Car Repairs

For your edification and amusement:

I teach an experimental psychology class and ask our not-brain-dead students to design and run an experiment. One came up with the idea of looking at the effect of gender on car repairs. Tammy disconnected the ground wire for the "check engine light" on her still-under-warranty Kia so the light was on. She then took the car to 10 different repair shops, and then had her 6'4" macho boyfriend Corey take the car a week or two later to the same shops. Here are the results:

Shop Diagnosis for Tammy w/cost   for Corey the Male w/cost
1 alternator $385 wire loose $0
2 O2 sensor &
catalytic converter
$320* same diagnosis $135
3 fuel injection $565 wire loose $10
4 transmission $2400 wire loose $0
5 wire loose $0 wire loose** $0
6 water pump $765 water hose $25
7 O2 sensor $283 ?? "return to dealer"
8 head gasket $300 loose wire $0
9 faulty exhaust $1345 loose wire $0
10 bad starter $375 loose wire $0

* the mechanic offered to cut her a deal if she would go out withhim. When she said she was married the mechanic said "So? You're still good looking"
** the mechanic said he recognized the car from before (which lead Tammy to increase the time between visits).

These were the same mechanics/service writers. The first was evena female (no honor among the same sex). What Tammy is going to try next is to see if a female with knowledge of auto mechanics will be as vulnerable as a naive one (before she first got her drivers license, she had to help her father rebuild an engine).This is probably well known from anecdotal evidence, but here is the same conclusion from a more scientific study.

Peter Gram
Dept. Behavioral Sciences
Pensacola Junior College

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