John Giovine: Honest Mechanic

PR business card for the Honest Mechanic, John Giovine
John Giovine, the Honest Mechanic

By Cat Saunders

It all began one day with an “Import Car Care” flyer that had been placed under the windshield wipers on my car. It was late summer of 1983, and I had just moved back to Seattle after being away for a few years.

I was looking for a new mechanic—which is always a rather scary proposition for a single woman—when John Giovine’s brightly colored flyer appeared out of nowhere one morning, as if on cue. I called him and set up an appointment for my car, and I’ve been bringing my car to him ever since.

A few years after I began working with John. I started writing his ads for him. When I changed the “Import Car Care” headline in his ad to “Honest Mechanic,” his business skyrocketed. I knew exactly what would go through people’s minds when they saw the words Honest Mechanic: “What? An honest mechanic? Are you kidding?!”

I know Honest Mechanic may sound like an oxymoron, but John really is an honest mechanic, and he’s a damn good one, too. I know lots of people who have brought car problems to John that no one else can figure out, and he can almost always find a good solution.

If you live in or near Seattle and you’d like to make an appointment with John for your car, feel free to call his 24-hour voice mail at (206) 325-5377. And be sure to tell him I sent you!

Truth in advertising: Those of you who know me or John know that he has been my life partner since 1987.  It was actually love at first sight for us both when we met in 1983, but neither of us knew that until four years later, when I asked him out.  Hey, I know this story must make it look like I’m only singing John’s praises because of my obvious bias.  But the truth is, even if John were not my partner, I’d still bring my car to him!

Cat Saunders, Ph.D., is a counselor in private practice in Seattle, Washington. She is also the author of Dr. Cat’s Helping Handbook: A Compassionate Guide for Being Human (available through Amazon). Contact Cat by emailing her or by calling 206-329-0125 (24-hour voicemail).