I know more about cars than my husband does, which is helpful for him. He was having an issue with his car a few years back and took it to this chain mechanic instead of one of our local ones. I had told him what it was, but he wanted to get things looked over. Fair enough. They quoted him $1800 to fix it and gave a list of things that were wrong with it. (He dropped it off earlier in the day.) He was just about to tell them to go ahead and fix it when I walked in and asked what was wrong. I lost my mind and asked him if I could talk to them. The guy kind of half laughed when he said I was going to talk to him. I then explained why it could not be anything on the list of things they had given him. I said, "So, how do you justify $1800 for a wheel bearing? We will be by to get the car." It was just starting to go bad. That is how he found his regular mechanic. I use a different one because he does not like Fords and acts as if my Drusilla is a pile of junk. Piles of junk do not last for 200,000 miles. Both of our mechanics are fairly priced, although mine is a wee bit cheaper. Mine also thinks Drusilla is a solid car and does not act as if I cannot know what I am talking about when it comes to cars. (I am no expert, but I spent enough time helping my ex-husband work on cars to know a thing or two.).
A couple years ago my mother took her car to the dealership for an oil change and the guy came out holding a filthy air filter and said it needed changing. Mom took the car home and my stepdad pulled it out to look... it wasn’t even her air filter that he showed her!! Mom gave them heck!! The dude was LUCKY it wasn’t my stepdad! He can be very intimidating. They tried again with her tires after another visit. Guess whose business they lost?