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Old 08-10-2012, 01:42 PM
 
Location: The Triad (nc)
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...the total cost was something like $180
$35 for inspection... $50 for bulbs... $95 for the drive belt.
That's still not an outrageous number.

But what it really is.. is a missed opportunity for the mechanic to get a customer.
As is the case with too many they'l go for the short game and miss the bigger picture.
He's not only lost YOUR business... he's lost the 10 or 20 you'll talk to about him.

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...found out about a great mechanic that I can walk to from home
who will likely do the work for a much more reasonable cost.
Does he also do the state inspection?
Please come back with the alternative cost you end up paying.
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Old 08-10-2012, 03:54 PM
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^ Well then, I stand corrected. I took a minute to look up the inspection requirements, and WFW&P is absolutely right--the power steering belt is indeed part of the inspection. I never knew that. Thanks for setting me straight!

So it appears our rogue mechanic above may be a straight shooter after all. I'm going to time-out now for being a bad poster...




FYI, I once was a mechanic.
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Old 08-11-2012, 11:10 PM
 
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$50 for 2 bulbs that cost well under $10 at walmart, although some cars have difficult to change bulbs. In my opinion this should be DIY maintenance.

I'm not 100% familiar with NC's vehicle code, but I don't see how a worn belt can cause the car to fail. RUN!
The excuse is that "if the belt breaks" you won't be able to steer the car due to loss of power steering. Had oil change place that also does inspections try that on me, I refused, they passed it.

I had another shop that changed a burned out bulb (3rd brake light) for the cost of the bulb, $2
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Old 08-13-2012, 09:12 PM
Status: "The most sincere pumpkin patch" (set 28 days ago)
 
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The excuse is that "if the belt breaks" you won't be able to steer the car due to loss of power steering. Had oil change place that also does inspections try that on me, I refused, they passed it.

I had another shop that changed a burned out bulb (3rd brake light) for the cost of the bulb, $2
Not an excuse, it's what the book says and had you been an undercover inspector the shop would have been written up and fined for passing it.
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Old 08-16-2012, 04:11 PM
 
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You are being ripped.
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Old 08-16-2012, 08:15 PM
 
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Not an excuse, it's what the book says and had you been an undercover inspector the shop would have been written up and fined for passing it.
The belt was fine, still is 2 years later
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Old 08-17-2012, 02:36 PM
 
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I know belt is not an inspection issue. My car couldn't hold a belt at he time I needed an inspection b/c the pulley needed to be replaced. Which meant no Ac and no power steering. Still passed inspection. Granted, the shop that inspected it knew the car would be turned in to them to get the pulley fixed.
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Old 08-22-2012, 06:29 PM
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The belt was fine, still is 2 years later
Doesn't matter the belt was fine, in your opinion, it's what the inspector says and in my expericence with DMV officers there is room for interpretation.
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Old 08-22-2012, 06:33 PM
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^ Well then, I stand corrected. I took a minute to look up the inspection requirements, and WFW&P is absolutely right--the power steering belt is indeed part of the inspection. I never knew that. Thanks for setting me straight!

So it appears our rogue mechanic above may be a straight shooter after all. I'm going to time-out now for being a bad poster...
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I know belt is not an inspection issue. My car couldn't hold a belt at he time I needed an inspection b/c the pulley needed to be replaced. Which meant no Ac and no power steering. Still passed inspection. Granted, the shop that inspected it knew the car would be turned in to them to get the pulley fixed.
^^ Read the above ^^
But if you are a regular the shop may show some leniency
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