In Hong Kong, automobile maintenance is a study in contrasts.
In North America, most people who own a Mercedes-Benz, BMW or Jaguar wouldn't dream of having it serviced anywhere other than the dealership.
The street where we live is lined with one-bay automobile repair shops. They're small, cramped, dirty, and seedy-looking. But appearances are deceiving; the shops must do good work, because the lane is crowded with expensive cars.
I spotted the nose of a Rolls Royce protruding from one of the shops. While Hong Kong does have more than its share of Rolls Royces, they're not as numerous as Mercedes-Benzes.
I'm getting used to seeing high-end automobiles in these grimy little shops, but that Rolls on the hoist was such a glaring contrast it was surreal.