Okay. Not all mechanics are shady, but most of them. I have one shop that I always go to. It’s the shop that my dad went to, and all my brothers go to. It’s just our place. That is the only place I feel safe. Anywhere I go, I have a sneaking suspicion that I am getting ripped off. I think this started when I went to get an oil change a few years ago, and it said $30 on the sign. I confirmed the cost (I probably was making minimum wage, working part time and in high school). So they took my car into the shady shop, and do shady things to it. They come out 20 minutes later and ring me up for almost $100!
I was so angry. They “changed” a few filters, replaces all my fluids, and whatever else they always try and sell you on. I told them I didn’t ask for any of it and I wasn’t paying for it. I seriously sat in the shop for about 30 minutes arguing with this shady dude. Arguing is huge for me, usually I will pay extra just to not deal with confrontation. I am so meek and shy when it comes to strangers. ESPECIALLY when they are in an industry I know nothing about.
The end of the story is that I ended up calling my dad to come down, they heard the call and immediately told me they would only charge for the oil change. Luckily my dad didn’t have to come down and bust some balls. However, this experience had made me very weary of going to get anything done for my car. I am pretty sure everywhere that I go I am going to get ripped off.
I am telling you all of this, because I desperately need an oil change.