Testimonials

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With a decade of auto industry experience, Chaya’s reviews speak for themselves.

4.96 Star
Review Average!
Chaya’s how to buy a used car class saved us untold amounts of effort, uncertainty, stress, and possibly money. In theory we maaaaay have been able to read, evaluate, and synthesize endless blogposts and articles to understand the process, but it would have taken many additional weeks & energy we didn’t have to spare. Her class gave us info and confidence so we knew what to expect, what to research further, and how to spend money during the process (CR membership! Carfaxes! Buyer’s check!). Based on the class, we were able to write up a personalized process for ourselves to follow as we looked for and bought a car for the first time. Big joint purchases like this can often trigger conflicts among those jointly making the big purchase, and having Chaya’s class as our shared reference point helped us stay on track & collaborate together. We ended up getting a car we are happy with, on our original budget in an inflation market, sooner than we thought we would. Especially with little room for error in this car market, Chaya’s class was well worth the money and time. And the sliding scale is one of the simplest & easiest to use I’ve ever seen. Thank you so much, Chaya, we queers are so lucky to have you!!!
Devney Hamilton & Chau Ho
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.
Katie Duncan
I attended Chaya’s The When’s and Why’s of Car Maintenance class and came away with four pages of notes and more capability to take care of my car than ever before. Chaya stresses the importance of preventative maintenance to save time, money, and stress, and delivers information in a way that is straightforward and easy for a beginner to understand. I’m so glad I joined this class and have absolute confidence Chaya can teach even the most clueless person (me!!) to protect their car investment with ease.
Chloe Dietrich
I was so thrilled to watch Chaya’s introductory class for free on Youtube, and now I’m hooked! Having this knowledge feel accessible to me is a game changer. Listening to the class gave me so much confidence, and I learned new things even in areas I thought I knew well! (I’ve been checking the pressure of WARM tires this whole time!!!) The class was interesting, enjoyable and accessible! I feel so lucky that I have the option of learning from Chaya, I cannot WAIT to learn more.
Julia Carrie
I met with Chaya for a consult as I needed to buy a new car and sell my old one. She was incredibly flexible with my schedule, as I ended up moving through the car buying process faster than expected and wanted to meet with her a week earlier than initial scheduled. Chaya was able to accommodate this and gave me really helpful advice about the car selling process, financing, and what to expect when I go to the dealership to sign papers on my new car. I would highly recommend Chaya’s consultation services to anyone who wants personalized car advice!
Alicia Hoffman
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!
Dylan Walker
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!
Marina Malcevski, Sno-Isle Libraries (WA)
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.
Shaya French
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.
Ella Walton
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!
Jesbian W.
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!!
Cailin McElrath
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.
Dana Zurek
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.
Maya Afilalo
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!
Bella H
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!
Samantha Weaver
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.
Marissa Mare
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!
Amanda Litviak
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.
Laura Pelcher
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.
Cat Lee
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!!
Emma Tolerton
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.
Katie Duncan
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!!
Stephanie Macedo
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!
Nicole Bryant
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!
Netanya Perluss
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!!
Hazel Pine
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!
Kelley C
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!
Atlas Rian
I attended the workshop “The Whys and Whens of Car Maintenance” through my local library and learned more about my car in the hour and a half than I have EVER learned about my car. I’ve been driving for 15 years and never knew why my car needed oil, or what coolant was, or the importance of changing the air filters. I recommend all folks who currently “care” for their car by taking it to the garage a few times a year and quickly sign the bill attend this class.
Kanku
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!”
Melissa Pohl & Cheryl Wroblewski
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.
Elle Lawhead
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!
Samantha Sundquist, Sycamore Library
When my old car started becoming unsafe to drive, I was overwhelmed and unsure where to start. My family members had opinions – but they’re definitely not experts. Another queer person on Instagram recommended Chaya, and I immediately signed up for the How to Buy A Used Car class. Chaya was a fabulous presenter – visually appealing materials, plenty of time and care for specific questions, and really an expert in her field! I left feeling confident in what I wanted in a car, how much I wanted to pay, and in my ability to negotiate. I carefully shopped around and purchased the exact car I wanted right in my budget. I’ve been happily driving my used car for about 6 months, and I’m excited to learn from Chaya again with her car maintenance course this spring!
Violet Benn
I just took a tire class with Chaya — and can’t say ENOUGH good things about it!! Chaya is a really talented educator — information was presented in an easy-to-digest format, and Chaya has a huge breadth of knowledge around all things cars, so all questions asked by the group had satisfying answers. Excellent blend of slides and talking, with plenty of opportunities to ask questions. Great flow and cadence to the class.
I feel so much more prepared to take care of my tires — THANK YOU!!
Lee Scheffey
I have been putting off buying a car for three years because the process was so overwhelming. I don’t have money to blow and it’s a big risk! After Chaya’s class, I bought my new car in a week. I now understand the mistakes I made when I bought some real pieces of junk in the past.
At my pre-purchase inspection, my long-time mechanic told me that he was impressed and proud of me for finding such a great car at a great price and knowing what I was talking about!
I’m now looking forward to taking her classes about car maintenance. This car stuff doesn’t have to be such a mystery after all.
Grace Muller

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