I originally picked a random mechanic based on good online reviews from yelp. Brought my car to him and as instructed gave him a list of visible things I knew needed fixing. The list entailed: address check engine light, fix wipers, look at left rear door (was hard to close), fix a few bulbs, inspect car (inspection had expired), and a few other minor details. I expected to spend about 1000.
So a week goes by and I call for an update. He still hasn't gotten to my car.
Another week or two goes by. "Ok, Nick, I addressed all the problems on your list, you also need new brakes, some front axel work, and new tires". "Fine I say, if I need all that to pass the inspection". "What about the check engine light?" "Well it went off and then back on, something to do with emissions or possibly a catalytic convertor, I'm going to give it a full tune up and see what happens!"
Another week or two goes by. "Hi Kevin, it's Nick, how did we make out?" "Great, did the tune up and the check engine light is staying off." "But I took it for a test drive and the clutch kept slipping, I recommend replacing that."
Another week or two goes by. I call him for an update. "Your car is ready, and it's running perfect!" "How much is the bill (I'm expecting to pay between 2000-3000)?" "Your looking at about 52-5400!" I almost swerved off the side of the road after hearing that!
There is no doubt in my mind that the car isn't running perfect. However, I felt a little misguided through this process. There was a severe lack of communication, explanation, and no firm authorization. He basically put out his hand, I grabbed on as he led. I trusted him completely. I asked him after the fact, "If you knew this much work had to be put into the car would you have still fixed it? "Of course, you'll get another couple years out of it". "When you came to me this car was worth about 1200, now it's worth about 7000". I find that hard to believe since the KBB value is between 4500 and 5500. The car is still at his lot. I haven't paid him yet. I am undecided as what to do. My concern is that the car may forsee another major repair soon (turbo, header, catalytic convertor) and why put so much money into an old car when I can lease a brand new one for under 500/month.
Please give me your best input and advice. I can show you his invoice and answer any questions you may need. I'm undecided as to what to do and what I'm obligated to do.
have the same problem?
Friday, June 26th, 2015 AT 7:21 PM