Both good news and bad

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Registered: 10-02-2011
Both good news and bad
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Fri, 05-17-2013 - 2:34am

As you know, my car has been giving me trouble, and I've been getting more and more frustrated with it. When my repair shop told me last month I'd have to get some very expensive repairs to keep it safe, I was ready to throw in the towel. I took it to a different shop for a second opinion, and boy was it an interesting experience. They didn't find anything wrong with the car. The parts that the first shop said I needed to replace were in good condition. Are you sure you didn't mishear them? They said. Yes, I was very sure, because I took good notes.

So I think the first repair shop was trying to rip me off. The good news is that I've avoided unnecessary, expensive repairs. The bad news is -- how much has the first repair shop robbed me of over the last two years? They just kept finding repairs to do on my car. So that's the bad news.

I think I'll always get a second opinion on my car repair from now on.

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Registered: 08-25-2006
Mon, 05-20-2013 - 4:46pm

Thanks for sharing PB!  I am so glad you took it for a second opinion.  I think we are more inclined to do that with a large repair.  Even though I trust the people who work on my car, I think with a large repair I would probably still be tempted to get a second opinion.  

Marie, I never get those extras at the oil change places.  I make note of it and find out from someone else if it really needs to be done though.  They seem to suggest things way before it really needs to be fixed, cleaned, or replaced.  

Serenity

Serenity
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Registered: 10-02-2011
Sat, 05-18-2013 - 2:06pm

I think your kids learned a different lesson. My car's repair history is a more complicated case. Sometimes no amount of double-checking and negotiation will protect you from fraud.

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Registered: 12-31-2010
Sat, 05-18-2013 - 12:52pm
PB - My kids learned that lesson when they were about 16 and 17 as they took their high school car to get an oil change in the winter (DH does them in summer, but not in the winter.) They got the kids to buy all kind of extras and they spent over $100 on a $19.99 oil change. We DID NOT give them money back, we just told them it was a lesson they needed to learn the hard way and they now check before they just believe what the repair person says. On a positive note, and showing that they did learn the lesson, DD21 took her car in last week when she was home between semesters from college. She got the the collision shop to re-align her passager door for FREE, and got a a nail taken out of her tire for FREE as well the same day at the tire store. Guess which collision shop and tire store will have her business for the rest of her life! -M
#Marie
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Registered: 04-10-2003
Fri, 05-17-2013 - 10:10am
I feel your pain too! When I bought my very first car and brought it in for an oil change, they told me I needed all new brakes! I didn't buy it because I had JUST got the car certified, so I had my cousin look at me and it just needed a new brake pad. Savings of over $850!!! I now have a mechanic that I trust completely and he gets all my business! SO glad you got a second opinion!!

Bex -

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Registered: 05-11-2013
Fri, 05-17-2013 - 8:31am

I HATE having to take my car in. I do have a very trustworthy mechanic - a friend of my aunt's family - but it's out of my way to go & he's not open on Saturdays so I usually end up going somewhere near my work. I feel like since I'm a woman, they can tell me anything & I would believe them. My hubby doesn't know too much about cars either. But that is a great idea, to take it your car to 2 different places! Glad you avoided big $$ this time around.