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Old 11-29-2014, 06:33 AM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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Our usually trusty mechanic gave us a list of repairs. Things that we know are not needed. There's one or two that could possibly be needed. So we want a second opinion. Do we show the new place our list, or do we just ask them to look at it and make their own list? Do we only ask them to look at the one or two things we are not sure about and say nothing about the rest to see if they find those themselves? Do we just tell them that this is for a second opinion?
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Old 11-29-2014, 06:38 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX USA
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Ask the to look and make a list.
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Old 11-29-2014, 07:04 AM
 
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If this is your trusted mechanic then why go elsewhere !!!
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Old 11-29-2014, 07:16 AM
 
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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If this is your trusted mechanic then why go elsewhere !!!
Usually.....trusted mechanic, who they suspect is trying to give them the shaft. That's why.


Bring it to another shop, and have them make a list. I wouldn't say anything about your mechanic's list to them.
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Old 11-29-2014, 07:19 AM
 
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Curious as to the items that you are questioning.

Obviously, we can't see the car, so we can't say for sure if things are needed, but.. Make/model/mileage and the list of items that they are recommending.. We can generally say whether things are likely or unlikely to need to be done.
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Old 11-29-2014, 07:48 AM
 
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If it is MY trusted mechanic, then I trust him. Now a dealer, I have learned to be suspicious.
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Old 11-29-2014, 08:10 AM
 
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What I usually do in the circumstance when my mechanic (not that I have a trusted mechanic I always go to) gives me a laundry list of repairs, I just take it to another garage. I don't let them know what I suspect is wrong with the car, instead, I let them find the issue and tell me how severe/minor it is. I had always brought my car into Greulichs auto shop because I trusted them and a close friend trusted them as well. Never had an issue with them up selling me on unnecessary repairs until one day they said my control arm was cracked and I needed it repaired, otherwise I will have alignment issues and other problems very soon. The cost was around $600-$700. They said the problem was severe and it needed repairing asap. I decided to take it to another shop. The shop said the arms were going out but are not an issue needing addressed right away. Long story short, 5 years later the car still runs great with no alignment issues.
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Old 11-29-2014, 12:25 PM
 
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there a major brake company that starts with a M that like to laundry list you, i had a busted brake line that needed replacement just to get home. that wanted 1000 dollars more than what the car was worth, they claim they had to replace all four disc, turn all four disc , bad, caliper before they could even think about replacing a six inch rubber hose. say something about the law won't let them have a unsafe vechile on the road, yes one disc needed replacement but that was $50 at pep boys.

its seem like most name shops are becoming crooks. I know at let seven i won't go to, and they are all major names
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Old 11-29-2014, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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How about telling us the list and year, make, model, and mileage. Let us be the judge.
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Old 12-01-2014, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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Those details aren't necessary. We trusted this mechanic until they did this to us. Going to go to a different one in a few days.
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