I'm tired of being screwed over by mechanics

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    How can a common man find a reputable shop where the mechanic's salary doesn't depend on his sales? I am constantly being bombarded with things they say I need done when I only want to car to keep the car running. I am not rich. Most places charge 80 bucks an hour for labor. They want 80 bucks just to check an engine light on the dash and that does not include fixing it. I know I'm getting screwed because I go from place to place and every prognosis is different.
     
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    Do like I did all my life and fix my own vehicles.
     
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    Go to Pontiac, MI. :)
     
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    When you get a check engine light, go to auto zone or a place like that. They can tea the cose.for.you. then research and get the parts you need and go to a mech and tell him what us wrong.
     
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    Far as things I own, my car ranks third in expense behind my house and my new ACL. And my 98 MarkVIII came to me quite used and fairly cheap.

    As it was a large purchase and is important to me functioning as an adult I try to keep up on it. I belong to a real MarkVIII message board or two and own some tools. That way when I do give up trying to fix a problem myself whatever mechanic I deal with can't screw me readily. Pretty much the same with the house.
     
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    Are you a female? Statistics show (if you believe them) that women get screwed over by mechanics because its believed that they don't have enough mechanical knowledge to know they are being ripped off.
     
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    Do this. At the very least, learn about your car, such as common problems with the model and year.
     
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    Mechanics are no different than any other criminal. They size you up before they attack.
     
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    Go to one of the small local auto parts stores where you live and buy a quart of oil or something.

    While checking out ask the person if they know a good mechanic that's fair and with decent prices?

    Usually they know who is good and who is bad.
     
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    Do what I've done for the past 30 years - find a Hispanic auto shop and take it there! They know what they're doing and want your repeat business.

    I had a car that kept wearing out tires. I took it to ten different mechanics and had it aligned at least six times. Took it to a Mexican mechanic. He looked it over, got a sledge hammer, and straightened out the bent tie rod that was causing the problem. Cost? About $20!!!
     
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