Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Do You Love Me? (Part 2)

I was visiting The West Virginia Surf Report today where he talked about taking his Blazer into the shop for its annual check-up (it might have been Friday's post) and it reminded me of my Escort. Back in 1996 I was in the process of moving to San Francisco. I wasn't taking my car with me, but living in Detroit I did need a car until the day I left, which of course means it started acting up, specifically, the transmission. I was moving mid-September and this was mid-August. For some reason, instead of taking it to my normal mechanic, I decided to take it to a transmission place. The hucksters at the transmission called me a few hours later to tell me that my transmission was shot and that it needed to be replaced at a tune of hundreds upon hundreds of dollars. This was news that made me happy as I didn't have hundreds upon hundreds to waste on a car I was only going to drive for another month.

Huckster tells me that if I wanted he would be happy to help me out and buy the car off me for a super discounted price (as the transmission was shot) and since he's in the business he could replace it for less money, blah blah blah, etc. I tell him that's not in the least bit feasible as I do need a car to get around for the next four weeks. I tell him not to touch my car and hung up. I then called my mechanic and they said to bring it in. I picked up my poor car and took it where I should have taken it in the first place. They called me a few hours later to say that the transmission was fine, since it was an automatic it needed to be flushed. They flushed it, replaced the transmission fluid for less than $100 and I was on my way. I probably should have called the Better Business Bureau on those shylocks at the transmission place, but I didn't.


At Tuesday, 04 April, 2006, Blogger mr. schprock said...

Great story! All too often I accept what I'm told. I wish you had spoken to the BBB about them.

BTW, I loved your story about Wilbur, too.

At Tuesday, 04 April, 2006, Blogger Jason said...

I took one of my cars years ago to a brake shop and they quoted me over $900.00 9 (Brakes!). I took it to another shop and one of the mechanics did the job on the side for $200.00 (or $400.00 at his shop). There are a lot of predators out there.

At Wednesday, 05 April, 2006, Blogger trinamick said...

I don't trust any mechanic. I take my car to the dealership where my father once worked years ago, but I know that they are iffy sometimes too. So if they tell me they replace a part, I ask for the one they took off. Helps to keep them honest.

At Thursday, 06 April, 2006, Blogger Heather said...

You definitely should have called the BBB. I bet they figured since you were female you would just trust them! Luckilly we found a trustworthy mechanic!!

At Thursday, 06 April, 2006, Blogger Scott said...

Hey, get on the phone right now and call them in! That is bullshit, and the reason that nobody ever wants to take their car to the shop.


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