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Paid for a car repair that failed, but mechanic is gone after surgery

We started having trouble with our car almost a year ago. We paid $1500 for a repair that failed, and the mechanic tried twice more without additional charges. Now, it’s failed again, but the mechanic had heart surgery and closed down the shop, and I haven’t been able to reach him. Is there anything left to do, or do we just have to accept that we’re out the money without a fix, and start over with someone new? [more inside]
posted by daisyace on May 28, 2014 - 10 answers

$175 to replace a driver's side rear-view mirror?

I've been going to a repair shop here in LA for a while that I found through the Car Talk fora, but have been increasingly unhappy with them. I took my girlfriend's 2002 Ford Focus in to get an estimate on replacing the mirror, and got back a quote of $175ish, $100 for the part and $75 for the labor (meaning, an hour and a quarter for them at $60 per hour). The thing is, there are third-party mirrors for about $30, and from doing the same thing on a car years ago, I remember it taking about 20 minutes with the right tools. Are they trying to rip me off? Is this a reasonable ballpark for what seems like pretty minor work (the whole assembly pops on and off)? I don't have the tools to do this now (I'd need a deeper socket), so should I buy the part and take it to them? Are dealer mirrors really that superior? (It's out of warranty by now, obviously.) Should I take it to someone else? [more inside]
posted by klangklangston on Apr 1, 2014 - 19 answers

How can I vet a 1989 Chinook long-distance?

There is a 1989 Chinook for sale in Sacramento, CA. I live a few hours away, cannot make the drive up unless I'm going to purchase, and do not have the knowledge necessary to actually understand whether the vehicle bits or the RV bits are in acceptable condition. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Oct 23, 2013 - 5 answers

Recommend me a mechanic in Vancouver East?

I'm looking for a good mechanic around Mount Pleasant or East Vancouver. I have a 1999 toyota corolla and honestly, it's getting to the point where I know something important is going to go. [more inside]
posted by concreteforest on Jan 11, 2013 - 3 answers

1994 nissan rough idle and loss of power, whats up? Details inside

Having idle/loss of power problems with a 1994 Nissan Sentra. Whats your diagnosis? [more inside]
posted by couchdive on Sep 11, 2012 - 13 answers

Legit? Or crappy mechanic?

Should I be responsible for auto mechanic snapping my wheel studs? [more inside]
posted by el_yucateco on Aug 29, 2012 - 13 answers

How to become a mechanic? With SA?

How does a person become a mechanic, ideally, and is this line of work compatible with social anxiety? [more inside]
posted by MrFish on Jan 16, 2012 - 27 answers

It's Okay, Vibey... Just Show Me Where the Bad Man Hurt You...

I just had to replace my car's entire powertrain. What could've happened? How do I prevent it from happening AGAIN? [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Nov 7, 2011 - 13 answers

It Is Apparently Possible to Drink Yourself to Death on Valvoline.

If oil was vodka, my '05 Pontiac Vibe would be F. Scott Fitzgerald. Should we have the engine rebuilt or replaced? Automotive snowflakiness inside! [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Aug 22, 2011 - 8 answers

Should I just get another car?

What factors do you consider when thinking about getting rid of your old car and buying a new one? [more inside]
posted by reenum on May 13, 2010 - 17 answers

A good mechanic in Gurnee?

Anyone know a good mechanic in or around Gurnee Illinois for a used car pre-sale checkup? [more inside]
posted by bobbyno on Aug 16, 2009 - 2 answers

Finding a new car mechanic

I'm looking for a new car mechanic in Melbourne, Australia and/or tips for finding a reliable one in general... [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish on Mar 26, 2009 - 4 answers

Tranny problems (no, the other kind)

Should I replace the transmission or replace the car? [more inside]
posted by Nonce on Nov 8, 2008 - 11 answers

Was I taken for a ride?

Did I get ripped off by my mechanic? [more inside]
posted by Brocktoon on Sep 4, 2008 - 17 answers

Recommend a mechanic in Vancouver BC

Can anyone recommend a mechanic in Vancouver, BC, preferably in the westside? [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul on Jul 28, 2008 - 2 answers

Recommend a VW mechanic in PDX

Can you recommend a Volkswagen mechanic in Portland or Eugene, Oregon? [more inside]
posted by maniactown on May 14, 2008 - 10 answers

walk-in (well, drive-in) auto mechanic in Catonsville MD?

My front headlight on my 99 Jeep Cherokee has just blown and I'm driving to WV tomorrow after dark. What are my chances of finding a walk-in auto repair place in Catonsville Maryland (suburban Baltimore)? [more inside]
posted by media_itoku on Mar 12, 2008 - 9 answers

My steering fluid is leaking. What now?

I think my power steering fluid is leaking. What's this going to cost me? I've got a 2K Nissan Xterra. I think I overfilled it a few weeks ago and notice oil dripping a few days ago.
posted by atchafalaya on Feb 2, 2008 - 8 answers

Is there a short course to learn for fix my old BMW?

Are there any schools that have something like a week-long auto repair course? Preferably BMW-focused, and preferably in the DC Metro area, but even without those two, would still be useful. [more inside]
posted by mboszko on Sep 24, 2007 - 10 answers

Need a BMW mechanic near Fort Lee, NJ

Anyone know a good BMW mechanic in the Fort Lee, NJ (Near the George Washington Bridge) area? I have a 1988 325ix and need someone trustworthy and competent to take care of it. Service at the BMW dealer is outrageously expensive. I've tried various BMW message boards and come up empty. Something in a 30 minute radius would be nice, but I'll take what you got!
posted by SampleSize on Jul 26, 2007 - 3 answers

VW Mechanic in Northern VA?

Where in Northern VA should I take my '03 VW Passat to get the thermostat replaced? [more inside]
posted by callmejay on Jul 16, 2007 - 7 answers

Is a Super Turbo Bug possible?

Are there any reasons why a Porsche engine could not be put into a '74 Volkwagen Beetle? [more inside]
posted by bolognius maximus on Jul 12, 2007 - 17 answers

Reputable Mechanic in Jersey City?

NJFilter: Coworker living in Jersey City wants to find a reputable auto mechanic. Any JC/Hoboken resident recommendations?
posted by bastionofsanity on Mar 8, 2007 - 1 answer

Chicago auto mechanic?

Know a good Chicago auto mechanic? [more inside]
posted by raf on Nov 2, 2006 - 8 answers

I'm sick of La Place, LA.

Did this mechanic try to "trick" me into a repair that costs more than the car is worth? [more inside]
posted by hootch on Nov 2, 2006 - 9 answers

Auto repair shop reviews?

Any good online references for finding an auto repair shop? Reports, reviews, horror stories? [more inside]
posted by intermod on Oct 24, 2005 - 9 answers

Please help my wounded Civic.

I have a 1991 Honda Civic DX hatchback with ~125k miles on it. It runs like a champ, except when it doesn't start.... [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Sep 28, 2005 - 16 answers

Mechanics in Chicago?

Does anyone know of a good mechanic in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by xammerboy on Apr 3, 2005 - 3 answers

car repair diagnosis

How can I figure out what's leaking from my car? (And other maladies...) Does anyone know of a site -- like WebMD, but for cars -- where I can type in symptoms and narrow down what might be wrong with a car? I know that I can go to a mechanic, but sometimes the first question is whether it's even safe to drive the car to the mechanic. [more inside]
posted by xo on Mar 31, 2005 - 10 answers

Automotive Repair classes in NYC

I'm looking for schools that offer courses in Automotive Repair in the New York City area (or even better, Brooklyn), does anyone know of a comprehensive list?
posted by milovoo on Jan 2, 2005 - 0 answers

Did I ruin my brakes?

AutoFilter: In a moment of terrible mental absence this morning, I drove about half a block in second gear with the hand brake engaged. While the right rear wheel smoked and the brake glowed visibly red, there seem to be no other consequences an hour after the fact. Does this merit a call to the mechanic to check it out if other malfunctions haven't arisen?
posted by Verdant on Dec 16, 2004 - 19 answers

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