Today I had another unique experience in Luxembourg. It is just another reason I really like living here. I stopped by a car part’s shop to buy a liter of oil for my car. My son and I will be taking our annual May mother/son trip to the Belgium coast next week and I didn’t get a chance to get the oil changed yet.
I was greeted by a very friendly Belgium man at the counter who showed me which oil I needed for my car and then we proceeded to chat for almost a half hour about a number of interesting things. I have always been a car geek and especially classic cars. It was after I told him that I used to change the oil in my cars years ago that the real conversation began.
He recommended a mechanic who does car repairs in France for about the quarter of the price in Luxembourg and gave me his name and number so I can go to a reliable and nice garage in the future. The man he referred me to also works on race cars and he showed me pictures of some amazing cars.
I received a quote for an oil change here in Luxembourg about a year ago for €350 ($410). Last year I ended up driving 25 minutes over the border to France and only payed €150 ($175). So, maybe changing the oil myself would be a good idea after all.
It has been years since I have talked to anyone about working on cars and in particular classic cars. He is a huge American classic car fan and we traded stories about which cars he has owned and wants to own as well as the classic cars I have owned. He showed me pictures of his friend’s classic cars and his favorites, the late 1960s Cobra and Charger as well as European cars. I told him about my 1970 Ford Torino GT convertible and he even knew the engine specs of my car.
His dream is to open his own garage/shop one day and specialize in classic cars. He recently bought a place just over the border in France, which is much cheaper than Luxembourg, and is putting together contacts and hopes to open his shop soon.
After our intense classic car discussion he gave me a discount on the oil and we went out to my car to take a look at the engine to see how difficult it would be for me to change my own oil and fuel filter. After a five-minute inspection he showed me how to access the nooks and crannies and gave me plenty of advice on how to proceed on my own. In fact it is not very difficult at all. I will just need to roll up my sleeves and get dirty.
I love meeting new and interesting people every day in Luxembourg.