Did I get ripped off by the mechanic?
May 14, 2014 9:49 AM Subscribe
Had a flat tire, ordered two new tires, picked up car and drove it 0.5 miles (2 minutes) and parked it. Hours later went to drive it and the same original flat tire is flat again. The mechanic says there was a nail in the new tire. Did I get ripped off?
posted by kmr to Travel & Transportation (17 answers total)
Little background: used a mechanic my parents have used for years. Family joke is that my dad put their kids through college. My siblings and I have been uneasy about the mechanic in the past, thinking maybe he was taking advantage sometimes of my very nice, very non-confrontational parents.
Is this just really incredible bad luck or is there a chance they gave me used tires to begin with? Is there anyway to determine if the tires are brand new? Is there anything I can argue, now that I have "new" tires with a plug in them? When I go to pick up my car, I'd like to ask questions in an intelligent, firm way so they take me seriously and don't just blow me off about it. Yes, I am a youngish female who knows little about cars.