Struck by a revelation, after years of doubts. Whenever your car has a mechanical problem in Africa, we found the problems multiply by the factor of THREE if one sends the car to a workshop.
Saying this, one has to take careful consideration of which workshop to chose. The list of unwillingly and intended damages increase in direct proportion to the number of days your car has to stay in for repairs.
After your car has been 'repaired', one will find vital parts being replaced by old parts, left items like carjack, triangle, spare bulbs, fuses, music cassettes, tapes missing or being replaced by other versions.
On many occasions the cars have been taken for joyrides, sometimes for hundreds of miles during weekends, mechanics visiting their relatives in faraway villages.