I've been swindled!
July 30, 2007 2:05 PM Subscribe
I got ripped off on my car repairs. Help me stop this from happening again!
posted by PinkButterfly to Travel & Transportation (18 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I was quoted $140 for the replacement of my valve cover gasket set because it was leaking.
Or so they said.
Smoke had been coming out from my hood and I noticed that there was oil on the cover, but the smoke seemed to be coming from behind that. However, the car repair guys said that the valve cover gasket set needed to be replaced and that would stop the smoking.
It turns out it was only "seeping" and not leaking, the gasket set was only worth about $25..and it took them probably 20 minutes to do it.
When I come back they say, oh by the way your power steering hose is leaking. We'll throw that in, along with the gasket set replacement for $220." I balk at that price and say I'll come back because I have an appointment to go to.
Less than a minute after I drive away my car is still smoking! Obviously, the hose was the real problem and the gasket set, though contributing a little bit because of the leakage, wasn't a big deal.
SOO help me avoid this in the future...
I am a 22 year old female and bringing a male with me isn't always an option, though I know that would help.
I called my dad and told him the price they quoted me before I agreed to it and he said it was ok (I guess he was wrong!)
I am looking for advice on ways to appear knowledgeable, things to say at auto shops, common deceptions, and web sites you guys use to find out fair prices for repairs and whatnot...
p.s. Also, should I go back and try and get the hose replaced for free or for really cheap? I was thinking of going back and saying "Look, you didnt fix the problem and you overcharged me. Fix the real problem and we'll call it a day."