Tuesday, April 9, 2013
BEWARE IN CAR REPAIR
My car started to make a noise. As I had to take it to my regular garage for something else I asked him to check it out and tell me what it was. He told me it was the catalytic coverter would cost around $400.00 to fix.
I didn't have the money as I was paying for the repair that he just did so I let it go. The noise kept getting louder. Well inspection time came. I had to get my car repaired as my car wouldn't pass because the noise was so loud. So I went to a second garage to see if they could fix any less. They told me it was the muffler system and it would all have to be replaced for the cost of $600.00. Then he wanted to take the inspection sticker off because the car wouldn't pass-this was April 4th and the sticker is good to the end of the month. I stopped him and he said it would have to come off by the end of the month, it wouldn't pass. He finally left it on.
Leaving the garage I prayed and asked the Lord, what do I do now. Then I remember a friend of mine had taken her car to this third garage and they had been a lot less expensive then most garages. So I went there. The man looked it over and said he could fix it for $60.00 and bring it back after lunch. I told him what the other garages wanted and he said he could charge that, too, but $60.00 should about do it.
The total bill came to $68.77. All it needed was to replace a bracket on the muffler system. He also replaced one of my tires with a used one and inspected the car. That was the total bill $68.77 with an inspection sticker on good until April, 2014.
I think some garages take advantage of people especially women because most of us don't know much about cars. There are some exceptions as my friend's daughter-in-law is a garage mechanic, but they live a long way from where I live or I would have taken the car to her. What is sad is there are a lot of great garages out there-the problem is-you have to find them.
I have the bill hung on my refrigerator door and ever time I go by I thank the Lord for sending me to that garage. Didn't mean to go on so, but I want others to know what happened to me.