Loved Chaya’s course on how to buy a used car. We started with zero knowledge and came away with many great tips and ideas for our future research. It was comprehensive even for us who were complete beginners! Thank you!
I am so happy that I had taken Chaya insurance class! She explained everything so well. I ended up a few days later having to call my insurance company to make a claim for my windshield. Her classes are a blessing and take advantage of them when possible. I was blessed because my windshield will… not cost me anything. Due to the fact it was replaced 14 years ago and I kept meticulous records on my vehicle. Thank you Chaya for educating me. I feel very confident to deal with my insurance company. Read more “I am so happy that”
I had a 30-minute call with Chaya to help guide me in my search for a car on my low budget. I found the call to be super helpful and pleasant! I don’t have a ton of experience with cars, and, honestly, stereotypical “car people” are a little intimidating to me.
After going over… my needs and goals with Chaya I really feel like I’m in a much better position to advocate for myself and find the right fit for me.
I’d definitely recommend Chaya’s services to anybody who wants to become a more informed car buyer or owner. And as my search progresses it’s very likely that I’ll go back to her with additional questions. Thanks, Chaya! Read more “I had a 30-minute call”
In preparation for buying a car I had a call with Chaya and it made me feel much more confident and prepared for the process! She is so knowledgeable about everything including electric and hybrid cars. I really appreciated how she not only gave me relevant information I didn’t know to ask for but also… gave me the resources to find out more about cars myself. Highly recommend her!! Read more “In preparation for buying a”
Chaya is a wealth of knowledge.. I loved her no-nonsense teaching style! We jumped on a consultation call because I’m getting ready to buy a pre-owned vehicle and Chaya gave me so many valuable tips that prepared me in a way I have never felt while buying a car before. She’s intentional and provided me… with resources that felt trustworthy and worth my time and energy. Thank you Chaya! Read more “”
I took both of Chaya’s car maintenance courses. All I can say is – WOW. I went through 16 years of formal education, and I can’t remember the last time I learned so much practical information in such an efficient amount of time. I feel empowered to maintain my car in a way that I… never felt in 7 years of car ownership. In fact, I look back at how I used to treat my car, and occasionally I cringe at what I didn’t know. Chaya’s teaching is accessible, generous, and practical. I knew almost nothing about cars going in, and I was able to totally understand all of the lessons. I know a lot of people (myself included) feel intimidated in mechanics’ shops/auto stores, and not only did I feel completely safe in this class, I also now feel more confident in those spaces. Thank you Chaya for sharing your experience and knowledge so generously. Read more “I took both of Chaya’s”
I have taken two classes from Chaya now, and I recommend both. Firstly, when’s and why’s of car maintenance and secondly, deeper dive into car ownership. BOTH are amazing, BOTH have different topics covered (which is great!). BOTH come together nicely giving me a deeper understanding of what’s happening in my car when “this” light… comes on or “that” noise is happening. THANK YOU CHAYA! RECOMMEND TO ANYONE AND EVERYONE!! Read more “I have taken two classes”
Chaya is so awesome, engaging, and informative! I cannot recommend her enough.
I just completed the How The Heck Do I Buy A Used Car class and it was a wonderful experience! I learned so much and Chaya is so warm and welcoming to all levels of knowledge. Highly recommended. I signed up for the follow up class about car maintenance even before the first class finished!… I truly appreciate the fact that these classes are made more accessible with sliding scale prices based on your employment status and income, especially due to the state of the world right now. Car stuff can be super intimidating to folks who dont know much or know where to start, but Chaya makes learning fun and easy. Time is taken to answer questions thoroughly and all questions are encouraged. these classes are investments in my future and I’m so grateful to have stumbled upon these classes taught by such a knowledgeable teacher! Read more “Lux Owens”
I co-hosted Chaya’s programming as a public librarian and she is nothing short of amazing! She is a pro at presenting virtually and actively engaging with attendees. Anyone considering hiring Chaya should definitely do it.
Chaya gave me honest, frank advice when I had questions about warranties! She was quick to respond, and provided me with lots of options and good questions to ask my dealership! I plan to recommend her frequently.
After hearing rave reviews about Chaya through a Library Programming Listserv, I reached out to Chaya. She was fast in her response, courteous in her words, and excited to make a program work for our budget. Her sliding scale is fair and Chaya did not pressure us to choose the amount we could afford on… our programming budget. I selected her ‘The Why’s and When’s of Car Maintenance’ course and had a wonderful time learning about simple things each consumer can do to prevent issues and to maintain their car. I took two pages of notes and my patrons loved Chaya as well. She was engaging and took the time to answer all questions and didn’t talk down to anyone or make them feel silly for asking questions. I would love to have her back again for another course. Definitely hire her, she knows her stuff and has a great time teaching her knowledge to others! Read more “Samantha Sundquist, Sycamore Library”
Positive, understandable, and empowering. Chaya is super helpful and knowledgeable. I’ll happily be taking more classes with her. Her explanations are clear, she takes care to answers questions, and clearly cares a great deal about helping people understand their cars and to be better, more responsible car owners. Highly recommend her class!
She gave a fantastic and concise Zoom presentation through my local library. It was really great to hear non biased information regarding basic auto maintenance and repair. It was wonderful to be able to ask car questions openly and not feel intimidated.
Based on taking Chaya’s “Deeper Dive into Auto Maintenance” class/workshop, I heartily recommend taking her classes to anyone who either doesn’t feel 100% confident about car stuff or just wants to be able to learn from a highly articulate mechanic about how to properly maintain one’s car. A great experience!
I have taken two classes from Chaya: The Why’s and When’s of Car Maintenance and A Deeper Dive Into Car Ownership. I bought a new to me 2005 Honda Element about six months ago and really wanted to stay on top of all maintenance and repairs. I’m a member of several car-related Facebook groups and… do online research, but needed a more structured and comprehensive approach. Enter Chaya’s classes. From the very beginning I felt at ease with Chaya’s direct and personable manner and felt empowered to ask questions. I really like the livestream class format and interacting with fellow classmates. I also admire Chaya’s business practices–sliding scale fees, donating part of each classes proceeds to charity, and just general awesomeness. Read more “I have taken two classes”
I attended Chaya’s class on buying a used car last night and it was fantastic! She’s a charismatic presenter who clearly knows her subject, and while I’m not quite on the market for a new (used) car, I’m confident that I’ve gained the knowledge I need to make an informed decision and not get ripped… off. Read more “Dana Zurek”
Mechanic Shop Femme is a super knowledgeable and explains car maintenance in an approachable manner. Definitely recommend!
Just took Chaya’s “Deeper Dive” class on car maintenance. Her expert advice is approachable/easy to digest, informative, and really thorough. She’s attentive to every question and her answers are straight forward and respectful. This was my first class, I’m hooked and look forward to more!
I just had the opportunity to hear Chaya speak at the recent Women in Auto Care (WiAC) conference and it was incredible. Chaya’s story was relatable and inspiring. While Chaya focused on “building your own brand,” the message was really around being vulnerable, owning your own brand and development, and being yourself! It was inspirational… and was stated in such a way that I feel I can achieve the same growth. Read more “Elle Lawhead”
Will I of course want to care for my car, I have never known how to do soon, let alone been interested in doing so. Until now that is! I have followed her page on TikTok after it came up on my FYP page and have been grateful for it since. I had the time… to be able to watch one of her courses on TikTok live and never thought I would enjoy learning about car maintenance until watching her presentations. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the information you share! Read more “Will I of course want”
I joined a zoom meeting for car maintenance with mrs.Chaya and overall it was a very pleasant experience. I am a young adult with very little knowledge on cars and the way she was able to condense everything to make it simple to understand yet informational is truly astounding!!she was quick with answering questions and… tips that we could use later in life. Read more “I joined a zoom meeting”
I’ve taken a couple classes with Chaya, and they were great. How do I Find a Mechanic? was just so good. lots of good information in a very accessible format. Big fan!
Chaya explains things in a straightforward, understanding way. She’s a great speaker and I’m glad I took her course.
Chaya’s classes are amazing!! Her thorough explanations and lively personality makes it a fun and interactive time. I’m so glad that the local library invited her to talk about the Whens and Whys of Car Maintenance. Chaya gave valuable car advice to save us time and money! Looking forward to hearing another one of her… sessions! Read more “Chaya’s classes are amazing!! Her”
Where were you when I bought my first car?! I learned so much from the “How the Heck Do I Buy a Used Car” class, and I feel so much more confident when looking for my next car.
I was fortunate enough to attend a Zoom class with Chaya tonight and I learned amazing things about car maintenance. Her slides were fabulous, her information was clear, concise, and helpful, and I look forward to learning more from her in the future.
I was in Chaya’s first ever “Deeper Dive” class covering car cleaning, braking systems, tire repairs, warning lights, and more! She artfully creates an affirmative and judgment-free space that is necessary (and nearly impossible to find!) for learning car essentials. She is knowledgeable, approachable, and attentive, and clearly loves her craft! And she may have… just inspired a career change in me 🥰 Read more “Alicia Perry”
Chaya presented a series of three workshops for our library system and each one was packed full of useful information with thorough explanations. Chaya presented in a thoughtful manner that allowed those with very little car know-how to follow along and she welcomed questions throughout. Her experience in the car industry and with virtual programming… made the entire process a joy. Thank you! Read more “Chaya presented a series of”
Just finished Car Buying 101 and the class was very informative and tips for purchasing, negotiating and tips to inspect a vehicle before purchase. I recommend for others to take.
Excellent, professional presentation. Lots of extremely useful information that will make attendees feel more empowered to take better care of their vehicle. A+
Completed The When’s and Why’s of Car Maintenance class. I learned so much and really appreciate the time, effort, and delivery of knowledge Chaya puts into the course. It really helped debunk the myths and stories you hear about maintaining your vehicle! I feel much more confident on car maintenance. Highly recommend taking this course.… Thank you for all your work and dedication! Read more “Caitlyn Pozerski”
I took Chaya’s class in September on the “Why’s & When’s of Car Maintenance.” I know next to nothing about cars and car maintenance, & this class really helped me to understand how to get proper maintenance done on my car! Chaya is very easy to follow & in my opinion, explains this subject in… a way that someone with little understanding like me, can easily understand! Read more “Sarita Bonita”
Chaya did a course at my company and it was very informative! I hadn’t owned a car for over 10 years and then I bought one in 2020. Needless to say, I forgot a lot of what I used to know about maintaining my car, but Chaya’s teachings were such a great reminder of what… I need to do with my new (new to me) car. Read more “Chaya did a course at”
My public library hosted Chaya on Zoom and I learned so much about car maintenance! Chaya has a great attitude and is not just knowledgeable about cars, but also people. She understands people’s worries about cars and car repair shops and addresses their concerns patiently and expertly. I truly enjoyed her presentation, and I took… so many notes. Thank you, Chaya! Read more “”
Chaya and I covered so much ground in our consultation! She helped me get clear about vehicles I can cross off my list, where to do deeper research, and good places to begin my search. Though I have a fair amount of experience buying and selling cars, I managed to take 2 pages of notes,… all of which will help streamline the process. I’ll be bookmarking her site, I’m so glad to have found such a down-to-earth, funny and thoughtful resource. An invaluable teacher! Read more “Chaya and I covered so”
Chaya helped me SO much with my car purchase. She truly went above and beyond. I was weighing so many variables in making a decision and was so nervous about making sure I was making the right decision. Plus my husband is a “car guy” and had tons of opinions on technical aspects that didn’t… really matter to me! Chaya helped me focus on what was most important to me and gave me tips for negotiating and getting a great deal too! We couldn’t be happier with our purchase, and Chaya’s practical, personalized, straightforward advice was a huge part of our decision-making process. Highly recommend booking time with Chaya!! Read more “Chaya helped me SO much”
I bought a used car without taking Chaya’s course on buying a used car, and I regret it! I was able to talk with her once the car was at the mechanic, though, and she was so helpful in helping me decide if I should move forward with repairs or cut my loses and try… again. She was also available incredibly promptly. Thanks, Chaya! Read more “I bought a used car”
I attended “A Deeper Dive into Car Ownership and Maintenance” and learned so much about my car and where I need to be proactive versus reactive. Chaya explains in a visual and easy to understand way. I highly recommend taking a course with her!
I have taken two classes with Chaya after recently purchasing a new (to me) car. I haven’t owned a car in about five years and was never confident about car maintenance when I did. Chaya is a great teacher and situates the information perfectly for the average driver. I feel very confident about taking car… of my new car now! Highly recommend. Thanks, Chaya! Read more “Ivy Hauser”
Clear, concise presentation, with room for questions. Chaya is very personable and approachable. Highly recommended.
I’m new to car buying but Chaya provided a thorough and informative presentation on how to buy a used car!! I appreciated the examples and tips, and it’s clear she knows what she’s doing.
I loved this class! I finally feel like some of the big car things make sense. It’s especially meaningful to me to learn from another queer femme person. Asking for help about my car always comes with weird gender dynamics, but not with Chaya. Thanks!
Before this class, whenever I’d ask folks how they bought their car, they’d usually just tell me about ther dad/boyfriend/husband doing everything for them. Buying a used car on my own never seemed so possible! I found Chaya’s class on Facebook before I even got a drivers license. Chaya’s class was in depth, easy to… understand, and she was very interactive. I know that Chaya cares about us! Thank you Chaya!! Read more “Before this class, whenever I’d”
Chaya helped me in just 30 minutes give me the confidence and the information I needed to purchase my first car. She was so respectful of my preferences and such a good listener. She’s full of quick tips and deep industry insights. I would be happy to talk with her about cars for hours. Can’t… wait for the next workshop! Read more “Chaya helped me in just”
So much new information! Chaya is informative, engaging, and funny. I feel exponentially more prepared to go buy a car than I did before taking the class. Would highly recommend. Particularly appreciated that Chaya speaks to a wide range of incomes and budgets, body size and different cars, and racism, sexism and homophobia in the… industry. Read more “So much new information! Chaya”
My partner and I just attended a webinar with Chaya on “How does car insurance work?” through the Norfolk Public Library. We enjoyed Chaya’s simplified breakdown of the levels of insurance as well as her willingness to share what she has learned through first hand experience. She is a charismatic educator with an easy going… personality that draws you in, and it is always great to support a female small business as well as LGBTQ “family!” Read more “Melissa Pohl & Cheryl Wroblewski”
I just took “How to Find a Mechanic” and it was amazing for three simple reasons: 1) the information was clear, organized, and easily understandable for me as someone with v. limited background knowledge 2) I left the class feeling empowered for future decision making, and 3) the access to her industry insight for things… beyond the purely technical scope was invaluable. Would 100% recommend to beginners and even people who may feel confident in their knowledge already–definitely a worthwhile class! Read more “Jenn Batore”
I attended a Mechanic Shop Femme Zoom workshop with my partner about how to buy a used car, and a follow-up class about car insurance. Considering the current market, we weren’t sure we could find what we were looking for thanks to Chaya we now have a nice car, perfect for us and within our… budget, that we love. She helped us know what to look for when we were shopping, figure out what we wanted in a car, and know what questions to ask at the dealership and to our insurance company. We are both very impressed with Chaya’s knowledge and will definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a car! Read more “I attended a Mechanic Shop”
I learned so much from Chaya’s class!! I knew basically nothing about taking car of my car and found her teaching incredibly accessible and understandable. I also now feel motivated to learn more on my own about my car (both the basics of how cars work and maintenance) and take more classes with Chaya. As… a women, cars repair/care/maintenance are something I have never been taught about and I have been intimidated by in the past, but no more! Read more “I learned so much from”
Where to begin? Best money I’ve spent all year. I can’t tell you how intimidated and out of place I felt regarding knowledge of my own vehicle. I confessed to Chaya that even the owner’s manual intimidated me! After so many people laughed or scoffed when I didn’t know certain things, this class felt like… the perfect solution I never knew existed. Not only is Chaya an encyclopedia of knowledge combined with real human opinion and experience, she is also such a safe person to be vulnerable and open to learning with! Seeing someone own their space and knowledge without looking like the typical mechanic inspired me to no end. I seriously not only learned MANY important and useful things, but also walked away feeling more self-sufficient, something deeply important and therapeutical to car safety and life in general. Cannot rave enough. Absolutely DO invest in yourself, your car, and Chaya’s small business. Guarantee I’ll be signing up for her next class in September, and encouraging my friends to do the same. Read more “Where to begin? Best money”
Chaya is so obviously deeply informed in the subjects she teaches and she answers questions thoroughly and with great patience. There were so much important information in just two hours, I have pages of notes and a list of things I want to do to be a better car owner.
I learned so much from Chaya’s course on buying a used car – she has an incredible depth of knowledge and is great at translating her expertise into practical tips that are easy to understand!
I’m so glad I took part in her course now while our current car is on it’s last legs;… I was feeling really nervous about what we’d do when it died and I now feel way more confident and learned so many things I wish I had known when we first bought a used car years ago! I highly recommend this course – it allowed me to ask an expert questions directly while giving me an overall confidence to figure out whether a car is a good buy or not in the future! Read more “Emma Daughton”
Oh my goodness! What a way to start my morning <3 The one on one is specifically great for that personal touch! Not only were my basic questions of new vehicle or putting money into my current vehicle answered, she also went over my diagnostic data section by section for my car. We also were… able to cover mechanics in my area that reflected my values and car needs! How wonderful. Also just a joy to chat with and nothing went over my head! Can't wait to rebook a one on one for Part 2 of the car journey! Read more “Oh my goodness! What a”
I just took her class in buying a used car and it was super helpful. Time well spent, and I highly recommend it for others considering a used car purchase.
Chaya’s online classes are wonderful!! I just took the When’s and Why’s of car maintenance, highly recommend. Chaya was patient and answered all of our questions, took time to explain everything in details, and made the class a fun, welcoming environment. I feel more confident in my ability to take care of my car for… the long run, and I thank Chaya for that. Please consider taking a class from her, it’s well worth it! Read more “Keyra Howery”
I took Chaya’s “A Deeper Dive into Car Ownership and Maintenance” and it was awesome! She is really good at explaining the concepts/services she is talking about and defining terms. I love that she takes questions as she goes and answers them while they are relevant to the topic she is on. I think this… is an incredibly valuable thing that Chaya is doing and I am very thankful! It is a relief to not feel intimidated or like I am being condescended to when talking about cars and car maintenance and I feel much more empowered to take on my car maintenance and talking to mechanics about services. I am also excited to get my car in tip-top shape!! Read more “I took Chaya’s “A Deeper”
My partner and I just a attended a webinar with Chaya on “How does car insurance work?” through the Norfolk Public Library. We enjoyed Chaya’s simplified breakdown of the levels of insurance as well as her willingness to share what she has learned through first hand experience. She is a charismatic educator with an easy… going personality that draws you in, and it is always great to support a female small business as well as LGBTQ “family”! Read more “My partner and I just”
Chaya is AMAZING! The car selling/buying process has been incredibly intimidating for me as a young queer person who has minimal knowledge of cars. Chaya made my options and steps moving forward incredibly clear and provided me with numerous resources to use as I continue. Not to mention how inviting and easy she is to… talk to. Im looking forward to buying a car with more ease, thanks to Chaya! Read more “”
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