Man I hate going to car mechanics. They are like dentists…you go to them with one problem and they send you back with 15 problems…and a convincing lecture about how your life can be in danger if you don’t take care of each of them (or something to that effect). Both give you repair estimates that makes your heart stop a while.
A few days ago, two lights came “ON” on my dashboard: brake light and check engine light, and the car started acting weirdly. I took it to the mechanic for repairs. The damn thing even died on me at a red light while going to the mechanic. Anyways, here is the repair estimate that the shop guys gave me (click on the image to enlarge it):
That’s not a repair estimate…it’s a definition of the term “ouch”, especially for someone on a graduate student stipend. I took care of the thing which was causing it to die and had to pay $191.75 for it. For the rest of the things, I am going to look around and see if I get cheaper quotes. Especially that brake job that says $382.69 !! ..that sounds like a rip-off to me. Even the $191.75 sounds like a rip-off but there was no way I was driving that tin-on-wheels back without making sure it doesn’t die on me on the way back home.
According to Edmunds.com the current private party value of this piece of trash is $2199. This thing is getting way out of hand… $806.22 repairs for a $2199 car.
There is more “ouch” to come. Soon after I got the car back, the “door open” light has started go ON.