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I seriously dislike car mechanics. (No offense to those who are or have a dh who is) We've been driving with a dead inspection sticker for a month. I found the parts on Ebay (for those that remember my yay post) I saved 130.00 this month for the brakes and roters to be fixed. That was the final repair. We did the rest ourselves.<br><br>
So dh calls the shop to make an appointment today and the quote has changed from 130.00 to 189.00! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I guess for most people thats not too much higher.. but for us, that was all we had left for the month. I can scrounge up another 10 bucks here and there... but that still leaves us $50 bucks shy. I thought I planned this month the best I could, and bought very little.. and then I find out that we need an extra 50.<br><br>
So now of course I'm feeling guilty for even the tiniest thing I bought, like my splurge the other day on an ice coffee for 1.20 Cause.. obviously we could have used that dollar now.<br><br>
We called all dh's relatives and no one has any money to loan us. No friends to call and ask. My downstairs neighbors are more broke then we are.<br><br>
Arrrgh I'm just so frusterated. This means I'll be missing another week of seeing my oldest daughter because I can't come up with an extra 50 bucks. This seriously sucks.<br><br>
Today I'm not doing so hot keeping my positive thoughts flowing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
I could use a hug.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> Sorry.<br><br>
Honestly, I would go down and speak to the shop manager and explain the situation. Particularly if the price quote has changed within 30 days. You might be pleasantly suprised. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/fingersx.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="fingersx">:
 

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Did you get the original quote in writing?<br><br>
FYI it's rarely a mechanic who sets the prices unless they own the place.<br><br>
I'd go somewhere else, if they are raising prices on you who knows what else they will try to do. Not all mechanics/car repair places are shotty, like any other service you find the good ones and stick with it.<br><br>
Honestly, brakes are SO easy to do. I'd have them do the roters (which actually aren't that hard either) and do the brakes yourself.
 

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Thank goodness my FIL annd DH are mechanically inclined. Mechanics charge about $50 an hour (plus parts) and they deserve it too, but man its hard to pay that much when you are broke. I recently had my FIL change my Harmonic Balancer ($80 part) and Motor Mount ($40 part) it would have easily cost me $300+ in a shop.
 

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Check your PM box.<br><br>
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Have you considered doing the brakes yourself? DH and I are planning to do this next weekend on our Volvo (it'll be the first time for both of us). I've gotten really great instructions from several different sources, complete with picturs <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">, and I'm quite confident that we can do this pretty easily.<br><br>
I hope things work out for you one way or another.
 

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You got a good bargain on the brakes and roters. It cost us almost$400 for ours to be done.<br><br><br>
Brakes you can do yourself but if your rig has ABS, roters are difficult and a pain to do.<br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> Sorry.<br><br>
Honestly, I would go down and speak to the shop manager and explain the situation. Particularly if the price quote has changed within 30 days. You might be pleasantly suprised. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/fingersx.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="fingersx">:</div>
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Thank you all for your hugs and understanding. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> My dh is not mechanically inclined, and can't follow directions well enough to make the repairs. Not to mention we don't own any tools to fix it, or even a jack <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> What I really need is a friend who is a mechanic. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> (and we do have abs brakes) I wish my mom were still alive. That woman knew how to rebuild engines and do everything! I'm lucky that I know where the gas goes in. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
We talked to the mechanic and because its been 31 days since the estimate they can charge more unfortunately. Keep your fingers crossed for me that our headlight will now pass. We spent a lot of time polishing it to make the cloudiness go away. My arm still hurts. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Since I first posted, a relative who said they couldn't help us was able to give us a little bit towards the brakes, and two other mamas offered to help as well. Which means we now have enough for the repairs!! Words fail me.....<br><br>
Thank you so much!! I was in tears when I told dh that he'd be able to keep the appointment with the garage. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/happytears.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="happytears">: It might not seem like a big deal, but it was to us.. and to my daughter. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><b>Thank you so very much. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/heartbeat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="heartbeat"><br></b>
 

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This makes me think of Dane Cook when he describes mechanics, it's hilarious:<br><br><a href="http://www.redbalcony.com/?vid=1194" target="_blank">http://www.redbalcony.com/?vid=1194</a> (bad language warning)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Since I first posted, a relative who said they couldn't help us was able to give us a little bit towards the brakes, and two other mamas offered to help as well. Which means we now have enough for the repairs!! Words fail me.....<br><br>
Thank you so much!! I was in tears when I told dh that he'd be able to keep the appointment with the garage. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/happytears.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="happytears">: It might not seem like a big deal, but it was to us.. and to my daughter. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><b>Thank you so very much. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/heartbeat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="heartbeat"><br></b></div>
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I love MDC. Glad that worked out for you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Sometimes though, if you straight up tell them you can't pay more than such and such an amount, they will go ahead and do it. They will push you for the higher price but ultimately they would rather get your lesser amount than nothing at all.
 

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I wish you lived near me. I would fix your breaks. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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I wish you lived near me. I would fix your breaks. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"></div>
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That is exactly what I was thinking...
 

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I wish you lived near me. I would fix your breaks. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"></div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">: You mamas are so wonderful, you know that?? I wish I could squish you all together and have my own real life community around me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
My sister in laws boyfriend thinks he can fix ours! If I can get him the parts, I might save a ton of money! AND, turns out the wipers were just too big for the car and he came over with new ones tonight and they work perfectly!! Wheeew! Mechanics still suck. But men and women who know how to work on cars and love to help people in a jam... they are wonderful. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Thank you all for being so supportive. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I know my car worries are so minor compared to others.. but it helps so much to just be listened to and have others understand. And some of you must have been sending out some positive vibes today for me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">: You mamas are so wonderful, you know that?? I wish I could squish you all together and have my own real life community around me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
My sister in laws boyfriend thinks he can fix ours! If I can get him the parts, I might save a ton of money! AND, turns out the wipers were just too big for the car and he came over with new ones tonight and they work perfectly!! Wheeew! Mechanics still suck. But men and women who know how to work on cars and love to help people in a jam... they are wonderful. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Thank you all for being so supportive. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I know my car worries are so minor compared to others.. but it helps so much to just be listened to and have others understand. And some of you must have been sending out some positive vibes today for me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"></div>
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Glad this is working out for you. If your SIL's boyfriend fixes them, you should watch him. They are rediculously easy to do although in my house, my ex wasn't allowed to do them because they required finesse, not brute force. He just wasn't good at that. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
If you are in the DFW area, I could do them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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OH. MY. GOD.<br><br>
I'm here to update you on the saga of my car repairs.<br><br>
So we bought brake pads and rotors for the front of the car. My neighbor downstairs said he'd help us. He's a mechanic. Who knew?<br><br>
My dh and the neighbor went down to fix the car today. The guy takes off the front tires and scratches his head. "Huh. Um.. these pads and rotors are fine. In fact, they're almost new. They don't need to be changed at all."<br><br>
So he takes off the back ones. "The <b>rear</b> pads could stand to be changed, but these rotors are fine too."<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/jaw2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="jaw2"><br>
Okay. So I have four pieces of paper from VIP auto that say the front brake pads and rotors are "rotted and must be replaced." The state inspection paper where they failed us says it as well. Not only do they not need to be replaced, but NO rotors were needed at all.<br><br>
The neighbor guy asks to see the tail light that they told us was not passable. The one I already paid to replace. "Nope. This tail light was fine. The crack is inside the cover not on the outside, and no white light from the bulb shines through so its absolutely fine. This didn't need to be replaced either."<br><br>
Next he checked my headlight. They failed it because they said it wasn't clear enough. "Totally passable. You can see plenty. Until the WHOLE light was fogged out its fine. This light isn't bad at all."<br><br>
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So lets get this straight... VIP tried to rip me off almost $500 in repairs?! I already wasted over $300 on parts that were not needed?!?!?!?!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hopmad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hopping mad"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banghead.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banghead"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/censored.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="censored"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/Cuss.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="cuss"><br><br>
I have been without a car for TWO MONTHS! <b>TWO MONTHS!!!<br><br></b>What a freaking (UA Violation) VIP auto is! I am so angry!<br><br>
What can I do about this?! I'm taking pictures of the "rotted" pads and rotors that are completely fine. The neighbor is willing to state that he did an inspection and that VIP was fraudulent in theirs. This cannot be okay! How many other people are they ripping off??<br><br>
This wasn't chump change for us. We have been struggling, some weeks struggling to buy food for our family!!! just to fix this car that wasn't broken at all! I am beyond pissed.<br><br>
The tears of frusteration have passed and now I need to take action somehow. Any suggestions?
 

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That's so unbelievably crappy of them. I'd start with the BBB and your state's attorney general. I know CT's had a few problems with fraudulent inspections and they take complaints VERY seriously now b/c suspension of the inspection program could cost the state hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost federal funds.
 
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