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Loading the all-season tires into our car this morning, I knew I was in for at least an hour wait to have the winter tires taken off – a sure sign of spring!. Little did I know then that it would be almost three hours and a potential bill of $1800 before I was done.
With my husband recovering and not driving, I went to get the tires done and then do a few errands that were in the same mall. I visited the St. Vincent De Paul Thrift store and browsed for a while before being a few books. I feel that I am donating to a worthwhile cause and getting books in exchange – a win-win.
Then I stopped at the local dollar store and got a few things. I then received a call from the auto place. They found a number of things wrong – from the timing belt to the struts and hoses. An oil change, tire change and check-up went from $100 to $1800!
Is it because I am a woman? Do I look gullible? I was not too pleased with how they used scare tactics. I okayed the timing belt – I had this go on me several years ago while driving on the 401 and I truthfully don’t know how I avoided getting hit.
An hour later, after a tea and lunch at McDonald’s (Yes, I actually went there and ate – haven’t been in years!), I arrived to get my car. The bill – $300. We will be looking for another auto repair – this one is a big chain store but this was a bit extreme. We had a wonderful repairman who had his own shop but he moved back to Newfoundland a couple of years ago. We trusted him and felt safe in our cars.