Car Service – Is my mechanic ripping me off?

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My name is James Leonard and I have been repairing cars in Maine for 35 years. My customers have been using my services for all major and minor car repairs for a long time.

I have a huge group of repeat customers because I fix your car right the first time and only do what needs to be done.

Don’t get scammed. Here is some good information about how some mechanics work.

 

If you’re in the market for car service, how do you know if your mechanic is ripping you off? It’s pretty hard if you don’t know anything about cars or car mechanics. Women in particular are soft targets as car servicing consumers. Here’s how to insulate yourself from one of the most common auto mechanic scams.

This report originates from a radio 2UE listener named Julie, She went in for a standard car service, and came out with a proposed car repair bill for just over three grand. Ouch!

Julie’s Toyota Kluger allegedly needed a ton of repair work done: she was told the front lower control arm bushes needed to be replaced, as well as the driver’s side damper and matching tyre. Allegedly the front brake rotors also needed machining and the air filter was cactus.

I put it to her that in car repair cases like this, a second opinion from a trusted car mechanic is always a good idea. And I put her onto a good auto mechanic in our area in northern Sydney.

Frankly, I was just hoping the Kluger’s service/repair bill would come down a little. Perhaps some of the proposed mechanical repair work could be safely delayed. Mechanic #2 puts the car up on the hoist and finds … nothing at all wrong. Nothing.

And that’s when the scam fell apart, at least in my opinion.

My recommended honest car mechanic’s verdict was unequivocal: The lower control arm bushes: Intact and functional. The front shock absorber: not leaking, as previously alleged. Copacetic on the brake rotoss, as well. Air filter: clear as a bell. But the tyre pressures were way low, accounting for some premature wear – even though they are all still serviceable for thousands of kilometres to come.

All I can say is: Arseholes. A woman in an SUV drives in, and suddenly the whole thing is a scam. A few thousand extra in profit for the week, if everything goes according to plan – and easy work to do, too, seeing as the car had nothing wrong with it…

It makes me wonder how often these car service rip-offs go on. Probably a lot more than you think. How would a person with no mechanical knowledge know? Especially women in middle age, suddenly divorced or separated, coming to grips with running a car, possibly for the first time in their lives?

My strong advice to you is: any time you’re face to face with a car repair bill you can’t jump over, especially if it doesn’t seem like there’s anything substantially wrong with the car: get a second opinion. Find a mechanic that somebody you trust, trusts. Ask them to give the car a once-over. If they corroborate the initial findings, then I guess its goose is cooked. You need to brace for financial impact.

But it could save you from a monumental rip-off as well, and shave thousands from your car servicing expenditure. It’s money you could certainly put to better use elsewhere.

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