I have had a recent problem with the Daihatsu Terios that I usually drive. In the last month it decided to start discharging the battery. I charged it once and when it was down a week later, I knew I had a problem.
A friend recently recommended a young mechanic that lives in Algarrobos. I was told that he was good, that he was very reliable and that he was very honest. I know from past experience it is easy to get over charged when you don’t know exactly what problem you have.
Remembering the recent recommendation, I called him and asked if he could look at the car.
He has a day job, but works at his house during his off hours. He came by and looked at the car. He listed one or two things it might be, but would need a little time to diagnose it.
I left it with him at his house. Last Thursday he called and said he had corrected the problem, but that I had two belts that were cracked and needed replacing. On a nine year old car that wasn’t surprising.
He told me where I could get one, but they didn’t have the second. He gave me some other places to check.
The belt was available in Ricardo Perez Toyota that sells Terios. Their price was a mere $165 plus tax. Since the other belt had only cost around $13, I thought it worth checking more. The belt was available nowhere in David. I talked to the mechanic and he said he thought he could get one in Panama City. I told him to do it.
Sunday afternoon, he drove up in the car. I am attaching a photo of the belt receipt he bought. He also returned both old belts. His price for a Japanese belt was $16.82. As you can see the Japanese belt would have cost me a little more at the Toyota dealer.
My total cost for his labor was $65. I met his wife and two young children. They are a very nice young couple. The recommendation I had received was 100% accurate. I would use him again in a heartbeat.
If you find yourself in need of an independent mechanic, you might consider giving him a call. He only speaks Spanish, so you need to keep that in mind.
His name and cell # are Enrique Arauz 6489-0216. If you call him, tell him that you learned about him from Don Ray on Chiriquí Chatter.