5 common things about Lebanese car garages

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I finally found out a decent garage to take my car to but that’s after watched how they were working on my car and other ones for 3 to 4 hours. The dealers’ garages are not an option for me as they are ridiculously overpriced. Nevertheless, after checking out many garages, I’ve noticed some common trends among them:

1- All garage owners are very religious. Huge posters of Jesus, Virgin Mary or Saints’ pictures are found all over the walls.

2- There’s always a second floor inside the garage usually with tinted glass where the boss does business. You feel like you are going up to meet with a mafia’s boss.

3- Most of those running garages are brothers or father and son.

4- Whenever you tell the garage owner you’ve been to that other garage, it turns out the guy used to work for them before “wou ne7na m3almeeno”.

5- There’s always a bird in the garage. Cool garages like the one I go to even have parrots. It’s quite barbaric though to trap the bird in such an environment.

8 thoughts on “5 common things about Lebanese car garages

  1. Ronman

    I would like to add:

    That most garages in Lebanon, after an engine or transmission rebuild, give you your car back with a separate bag of nuts and bolts…accompanied with “these are not necessary but you can keep them….”

    you know just in case the hundreds of engineers that worked on designing the engine were actually right and they are necessary…but what do we know…

    mayb 85% of garagists in Lebanon are not properly qualified, i only go to those that have had proper dealer training previous to going on their own. the guys at Auto-mall (mat7aff/Hotel Dieu) roundabout are very good and guarantee their work.

  2. dre

    “1- All garage owners are very religious. Huge posters of Jesus, Virgin Mary or Saints’ pictures are found all over the walls.”

    Even the Muslim-owned ones?

  3. chstfsh

    it would be good if the amount of posts you put on your blog was upped a bit, your about 3 people working on one blog.. honestly great material, unlike this post among others where you expect people to read about what you think of your daily ventures, and weekend retreats. Update us about lebanon about new events, stores, and most importantly,interesting things to do in lebanon.


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