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.