Here at Mechanic Shop Femme,

we believe that education is empowerment. Here you’ll find automotive education for us, for the average car owner and driver, not DIYers or car aficionados – offered in a way that’s easy to understand and doesn’t patronize you.


When I was 18 years old, I was desperate for a job — any job, as long as it offered a paycheck. After searching for months, I landed at a Sears Auto Center in Glendale, Wisconsin, and had no idea that the experience would change the trajectory of my life.

I spent around 7 years working in repair shops, dealerships, and collision shops in three states, and somewhere along the line, I fell in love with helping car owners better understand their cars. When I got laid off in 2020, I took my little car blog and made it my full time job – that’s how certain I was that what I brought to the table was desperately needed.

Today, my entire business revolves around cars. I share videos on TikTok and Instagram, write for publications that include AAA’s Via Magazine, Parents, and others, and teach car classes at libraries, universities, and businesses.

After a decade in and around the industry, I wrote Mechanic Shop Femme’s Guide to Car Ownership because cars are complicated, especially if you live paycheck to paycheck. Buying the wrong car, going to a shady mechanic, or not having enough insurance can turn your only mode of getting to work into an expensive nightmare. Mechanic Shop Femme’s Guide to Car Ownership is a no-jargon, no-patronizing guide to car ownership for us regular folks who just want to get from point A to B and not get taken for a ride.

I’m not a mechanic. I’m essentially a mechanic interpreter: someone who’s held a customer-facing job with joy and will help you better understand your car. I believe being an educated consumer is the key to not being ripped off, and I’m here to help you get a handle on your investment.

Since 2017, I’ve focused on bringing my full self to my work. That means I don’t just talk about cars. The Mechanic Shop Femme is a place where I explore many of my passions and those of my readers: plus size fashion, radical body acceptance, and queer life and love.

Chaya Milchtein

Educator, Influencer,
Author & Speaker

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She’s taught her popular car classes at libraries, universities, non-profits, and businesses, including John Jay Criminal College, BMO Bank, and Vanderbilt University. 

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Chaya Milchtein, Automotive Educator and Journalist

I’ve written for publications including Al Jazeera, Shondaland, USA Today, Parents Magazine, AAA’s Via Magazine, and others covering cars, travel, fashion, and occasionally, writing a personal essay or two to share my story.

Just after starting my blog, I taught my first car class, How the Heck Do I Buy a Used Car, and I was hooked! I’ve since developed a lineup of 8 different virtual car classes and even adapted them into workshops for libraries, universities, businesses, and nonprofits.

Offering automotive education that is accessible to everyone, regardless of experience, is the core of my business.

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Chaya made it her life’s mission to educate women and queer people about their cars. She’s dedicated her career to educating the average car owner, not automotive enthusiasts, about their cars – a career she found and built after aging out of the foster care system.

Chaya Milchtein standing in a tire, wearing an Eloquii plus size jumpsuit
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