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    I had an aggressively leaking front tire recently so I went to have it replaced. I replaced the other front tire too because 1) who buys just 1 tire?, and 2) the tread was wearing thin anyway on the other one. The cost for the 2 tires and an alignment correction was a little over $400. I haven't bought tires in a while so that seemed a little steep to me. But it is what it is...

    My engine light is on too, so I had the mechanic run the test to find the cause. Turns out the catalytic converter isn't working as efficiently as it should. That's a pricey fix, even with after market parts. Maybe $1000 or so. But i decide to postpone it for a while.

    As I'm driving home from work several days later my automatic transmission light comes on, which may reflect a serious problem. I bring it in to get fixed, and it's determined that the speed sensor is causing the issue. $300 repair.

    Maybe 20 mins after I leave the mechanic the light comes back on. F#ck. And now we arrive at the point of the thread...

    I can't even count how many times I've brought my car to get fixed over the years where the following situation unfolds:

    I bring the car in to fix problem A, but problem A does not actually get fixed. Instead some other pointless repair is performed, ostensibly to fix problem A, but doesn't actually fix it. It's a misdiagnosis on the part of the mechanic. Meanwhile I've paid for parts and labor for essentially no reason at all.

    I bring the car back to the mechanic who finally fixes problem A. But there's no mention of the previous f#ck up and all the time and money it cost me. It's as if that's all part and parcel of the car repair business. So i pay more money and waste more time to get the guy to do what he should have done in the first place, but there's no refund, no discount, and no apology.

    It must be the only business in the world where you can pull that **** off. If i went in for a heart transplant surgery, and got a new liver instead, the doc wouldn't shrug and tell me to come back for another surgery and shamelessly charge me all over again. If I ordered a pizza and got a burger, i wouldn't be made to pay for the pizza *and* the burger. And if I asked a painter to paint my house blue and he painted it green, I would expect him to come back and paint it blue for no charge at all..

    So why the hell can car mechanics pull this sh,!t off???

    I'm bringing the car back in tomorrow, and I'm steaming mad about it. I honestly don't know what I'll do if he charges me for the repair. But I think I'm just gonna grab my key and leave. I really do. I will not pay the guy another cent
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    Default Re: Car Mechanic Sh!t

    They just guess at it.. for what makes them the most money.

    Just like the medical industry.

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    It's time to leave the expensive and depressing cage in the past and make the quantum leap to two wheels.

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    It is mildly interesting that we not deal with 'car mechanics' these days, they are now called 'Automotive Technicians' because the sophistication of the modern consumer vehicle has reached such a level of specialization that 'mechanics' hardly ever come into it, we are presented with 'components' and systems within systems that are all governed by a master computer system. The automotive technician now has a barrage of diagnostic devices and algorithm analyses heuristics. When I was growing up you could approach fixing your own engine problems, I remember taking out the carburetor and clearing the nozzle, soaking it in petrol to dissolve carbon build ups. Now you cannot perform your own maintenance beyond putting in oil and additives, perhaps changing the spark plugs out. I agree Mike, the situation has gone well beyond 'Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance' we are being written out of the picture entirely!

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    Quote Posted by Mike (here)
    So why the hell can car mechanics pull this sh,!t off???
    Mate, seriously, find another mechanic!

    I know exactly what you mean, I've experienced similar myself in the past, until I found a different shop. This same old guy, called Roger, ran this place for forty years. He wasn't immediately local, but I found him by word of mouth. The first time I went to him was to replace a faulty ABS sensor, which as anyone knows can cost a hefty wedge. He ended up waiving the labour cost as the extensive price of the tiny sensor was "more than enough" to cover it. I couldn't believe it. I was onto a good thing here...

    A couple of years later, I had battery trouble. It was a cold winter and the damn thing just could not hold any charge. It would go flat sitting on the drive in just two days! So he replaced it with a new battery. But a couple of weeks later, same story. It depleted again for no apparent reason. I knew it wasn't the alternator. Not only did he drive out to jump start me for free, he re-replaced the battery with another brand new battery - for free. And when this battery also failed, he took the car in for a deep dive. Can't remember all the details, but water was getting in and the battery was essentially sitting in water all the time, freezing over night and killing it. He charged a minimal fee for fixing this, and put in another new battery for free.

    Another service he provided for free. If you were looking at buying a used car, he'd come and look at for you and give a free assessment. If you could get permission from the seller, you could even drive the used car to his shop and he'd put it on his lift - again for free.

    He was so personable, and honest - falling over honest, and whenever he did have to hit you with a steep charge he did so apologetically. He did not hide his disgust of his own trade, particularly the markup of car parts which, in his view, was a scam. He was always looking out for the customer. Unfortunately he's retired now - from the shop floor at any rate. He still owns the shop and employs all the staff, and comes in once a week to see how things are going. I was there only two weeks ago for a faulty regulator in an electric window. It was promptly fixed, reasonably priced, and the service was excellent.

    If you can find them, genuine and honest tradesmen do exist. But you gotta find them!
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    You may want to shop around for another mechanic. I paid $519 for four tires, June, 2019. They were the middle of the road price range. I had the catalytic converter replaced because you can’t re-register your car if it’s not up to emission standards. It was January, 2020 and it cost $555 for the part, labor and to my surprise they brought it to the inspection station for me.

    I’ve been with them since the early 1980’s. Now when I need work even an oil change, they pick up my car. Another thing I appreciate is they let me know the next big thing I'll need like tires and give me an estimate of the cost. My 2003 Toyota Rav4 still runs like new and has no dents or scratches. They’ve never scammed me. I’ve only needed general maintenance like brakes, and an exhaust system due to salty NE winter roads. Any chance I get I pass along their name. They've gotten four additional satisfies customers just from where I live.
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    Quote Posted by Star Mariner (here)
    Quote Posted by Mike (here)
    So why the hell can car mechanics pull this sh,!t off???
    Mate, seriously, find another mechanic!
    Or move to Ecuador. My mechanic here is a super-nice guy, speaks perfect English, is absolutely ethical, machines his own parts on a lathe if something can't be found, and charges about $5/hour.

    A few weeks ago he wrestled for a whole morning with a tricky rear light assembly replacement on my ancient 4x4, and eventually got it all working impeccably. He charged me $20 and apologized sincerely for the unexpected cost.


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    Quote Posted by Bill Ryan (here)
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    So why the hell can car mechanics pull this sh,!t off???
    Mate, seriously, find another mechanic!
    Or move to Ecuador. My mechanic here is a super-nice guy, speaks perfect English, is absolutely ethical, machines his own parts on a lathe if something can't be found, and charges about $5/hour.

    A few weeks ago he wrestled for a whole morning with a tricky rear light assembly replacement on my ancient 4x4, and eventually got it all working impeccably. He charged me $20 and apologized sincerely for the unexpected cost.

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    They’ve never scammed me. I’ve only needed general maintenance like brakes, and an exhaust system due to salty NE winter roads. Any chance I get I pass along their name. They've gotten four additional satisfies customers just from where I live.
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    Mike out of curiosity what is your car? Year/Make/Model?
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    If you're too up with it, you can try to find mechanic schools. It has worked for my parents to make big repairs. You let younglings practice and you get repairs for free (only having to pay for the materials) instead of the 40-60€/h that is the average here. It may take just a bit longer, but if the teachers are competent the results are the same or even better than a regular one.

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    Quote Posted by Strat (here)
    Mike out of curiosity what is your car? Year/Make/Model?
    It's usually been my policy to lie about that. The last time I was asked that question (and I remember it right down to the detail) was when I was working at a hospital as a "safety companion". I was 32 yrs old. A nurse actually just flat out asked me: "what kind of car do you drive?" I thought that only happened in the movies. It caught me off guard honestly, because it was so direct and shameless. She was trying to determine if I was worthy of her somehow (she had been aggressively flirtatious for days, but I wasn't the least bit interested in her)

    At that time I'd actually been forced to sell my 1995 Jeep Cherokee Sport (long story) and was given a slightly older Saturn station wagon by my brother, for free (nice of him, in a way). I couldn't bring myself to tell her I was driving the wagon, and it wasn't because I was embarrassed about it really...it was because I wasn't going to allow her to indulge in any sense of superiority over me. So I told a little lie by saying I still drove the Jeep..which wasn't anything fancy but definitely more respectable than the wagon

    She considered my response for a moment, nodded her head a little, and walked out of the room. And I shouted after her (rather sarcastically), "Can we still be friends???"

    Sorry that was a little more than you bargained for. My car is a 2010 Mazda 3. I hope we can still be friends
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    I drive a 10 year old car too, don't sweat it

    But if I had the dough...it's gotta be a Jag!

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    Quote Posted by Star Mariner (here)
    I drive a 10 year old car too, don't sweat it

    But if I had the dough...it's gotta be a Jag!

    My car is almost 20 years old. A 2003 Honda Pilot with 400,000kms on it. Awesome vehicle though, still in excellent condition, I use it to go off-roading, and I have never gotten stuck despite driving through some truly precarious trails. I have a slight issue with the front end, something is bent somewhere and I get a bit of a shimmy at high speeds, and it eventually effects my rotor, but I have brought it to the mechanic many, many times, to get inspections, even had the suspension inspected, and no-one can find the problem and they always tell me its in impeccable condition. Oh well, I guess I just have to live with it. Minor problem anyway. Best vehicle I have ever owned, and it was gifted to me about 6 years ago.

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    Quote Posted by Star Mariner (here)
    I drive a 10 year old car too, don't sweat it

    But if I had the dough...it's gotta be a Jag!



    That's a beautiful car.

    I think if I came into some money I'd get a few vehicles, starting with one of those old ford broncos from the 70's. And then I'd get an old muscle car from the same era, maybe a pontiac GTO or something. And then I'd get a luxury cruiser/sporty sort of car like the Jag there. Or perhaps an audi.
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    Mike out of curiosity what is your car? Year/Make/Model?
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    Mike out of curiosity what is your car? Year/Make/Model?
    This whole thread is Chinaski reaching out to you. Beware.

    I was going to fake my own death and return as 'Chinaski,' but now you've spoiled it. You've reminded everyone of my previous incarnation, and now I have to wait a few more years till everyone forgets again. Damn you Lama, damn you....

    P.s. on a serious note: I got curious and tried to read my earliest posts on the forum, but the history doesn't go back far enough. I would have loved to see what ol Chinaski was up to back in 2011 or 2012. This place is almost like a diary if you've been around long enough.

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    Sadly, Mike, I had a love affair with my wondrous low-mileage Audi. A fantastic sports model, just like its predecessor Corrado with amazing spoilers.
    Going to the garage meant me taking a can of bs repellant, as I was not stupid, old lady being hoodwinked. However, I seemed to get a decent honourable service from the Audi team, they were sad when I left them for a Mini Countryman as round here we have ghastly weather, floods, etc. Missing my Audi, it was a great car. I can sniff out technical bs a mile away, so ‘little old lady’ does never wash with me, henceforth the can of bs repellant quite handy.
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    Quote Posted by Star Mariner (here)
    I drive a 10 year old car too, don't sweat it

    But if I had the dough...it's gotta be a Jag!

    IF you are out driving around an see a Jag dealership, go on inside. You will see that they have the nicest waiting area for people waiting for their car to be repaired - because that is where they make their money - repairing them.

    And tires for cars can be all over the place in price - mine cost almost $1000 per tire.

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    No doubt this will resonate with no one else (or nearly), but I felt a tremendous sense of relief when I got rid of my last headache of a car and moved to a small town with a good public transportation system.
    No more worries about mechanics, car repairs, car insurance, my driving record, dealing with other drivers, etc. etc.
    The only thing I have to worry about now is how well I get along with the drivers of said public transportation, which hasn't been a huge problem, thankfully.

    As for you Mike, I don't think any seasoned Avalon members have forgotten you were once (and in one sense in our minds will forever be) Chinaski.
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    Dear Chinaski-Mike (Charles Bukowski), I ran a quick search. These posts go back as far as February 18, 2011. ♡

    Just in case, here's what I did:





    Quote Posted by Mike (here)
    Quote Posted by PurpleLama (here)
    This whole thread is Chinaski reaching out to you. Beware.
    I was going to fake my own death and return as 'Chinaski,' but now you've spoiled it. You've reminded everyone of my previous incarnation, and now I have to wait a few more years till everyone forgets again. Damn you Lama, damn you....

    P.s. on a serious note: I got curious and tried to read my earliest posts on the forum, but the history doesn't go back far enough. I would have loved to see what ol Chinaski was up to back in 2011 or 2012. This place is almost like a diary if you've been around long enough.
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