Mechanic Scam Artists

Trent & I have been through a lot together.  Even though he is old, I am not willing to let him go.  I am now at the stage where I am going to have to basically start rebuilding him.  There is always a mechanic waiting in the wings- all too happy to take advantage of me.

A couple of years ago, I was driving through Colorado.  I was heading to Braska for a work assignment.  Well...actually, I was headed to New York but I was stopping in Braska to work for a while.  Trent got sick in Colorado, so I took him to the doctor.  After taking a look at Trent, the mechanic went into great detail explaining to me what needed to be fixed.  He even drew a diagram to help me understand better.  Then he said it was going to cost $400.  

At the time, I could not really spare that much.  Fortunately, I had a friend in that town who was able to fix it.  He needed a special tool kit that cost $25.  The part cost $8.  Boy, did that mechanic see me coming.  A single woman with California plates- let's soak her for all we can.  Too bad for him that didn't happen.  I am grateful to my friend to this day- always will be.

The most recent update I decided to make was new headlights.  Trent has had the same headlights since I got him.  They were getting pretty foggy.  I had tried some of that goop you buy in the stores.  It did nothing.  I called around for some quotes.  The first place I called gave me a quote of $800.  WHAT?!?!  I emailed some other places.  One sent me a response with a quote for over $400.  Another wanted me to bring Trent in so they could look at him.  Been there- done that.  Another wanted me to send pictures.  Whatever.

A couple of years ago, I had watched a YouTube video & changed the headlight bulbs.  I decided to see if there was a video showing how to replace the actual headlights.  I found one.  No problem.  I could do that.  I ordered both sets of headlights off of Amazon...for $125.  Bought all the bulbs and went to work.  Piece of cake.  It took all of about 10 minutes per headlight.  I can't believe they want so much money just to do that- SHAME ON YOU.

I know my limits.  There are some things I am just not qualified to do- even with a YouTube video.  But I am so glad there are videos out there for those tasks I can complete.  Thank you YouTubers.



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