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Old 12-27-2002, 03:24 PM   #1
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I went with my dad today to get the brakes checked on my "new" 1992 Escort, which I just bought back in October. Well, the slimeball who looked at it told me I need new "routers" (??? I am a total car virgin, have no clue at all about them except for how to drive them, and even that's debatable at times, lol) and that for it all it was gonna run me about $300. Is that a lot, should I look around for a better deal? I just got this car, and now I'm afraid that this will be the first of many repairs, though for now it looks as if everything else is ok.

So, anyways, my mom and I will be discussing tonight whether or not to look for a good deal on a lease since I'm now making enough money, or just get the repair and hope that I get a good year or so out of the damn thing.


Oh yeah, I almost forgot the part where I'm gonna murder someone...when I got home I noticed my front left hubcap was GONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My dad called the place and the guy said he "didn't have it", but if I got a replacement he'd put it on and reimburse me the money.


WHAT THE .






What a day.
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Old 12-27-2002, 03:34 PM   #2
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Old 12-27-2002, 03:40 PM   #3
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Rotors are the part that the brakes rub against. You can look at it yourself to see if there are grooves in it from wear, if so, yes you need new ones. They only cost like $10 each but the labor is most likely what costs most of the $300.

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Ok. Glad I am not the only girl in here who knew something about this.
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Old 12-27-2002, 07:54 PM   #6
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Ok. Glad I am not the only girl in here who knew something about this.

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1) Does your father know anything about cars?

2) Going on what Sicy said, I can't imagine them charging $280 for labor on a job that's parts cost $20. I believe Sicy is correct on the price of the parts, so $280 sounds a little steep.

3) If you find a small, locally run business, they may do it cheaper if you pay cash. This is highly illegal and may get them in trouble, but it will cut back on their taxes and perhaps give you a better deal.

Ask your guy friends if they have a clue. If they don't, see if anyone knows a crooked/helpful mechanic who could cut $50 bucks off the price for a little wink wink, nudge nudge, know what I mean.....bargin.


Sidenote: I too have a Ford Escort. It's piece of crap, but won't die. I really shouldn't be saying such bad things, but I wish for better things.
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*is happy that my dad knows lots about cars so I usually only have to buy parts, and he takes care of labor*
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3) If you find a small, locally run business, they may do it cheaper if you pay cash. This is highly illegal and may get them in trouble, but it will cut back on their taxes and perhaps give you a better deal.
Why would paying cash be illegal?
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Why would paying cash be illegal?
I don't think it's the paying cash that is illegal, but the doing it cheaper if you pay them cash that's illegal, right? kinda like...


"ok, we do it for $200 if you pay us cash, $300 if you use credit or check"

that would be illegal
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Weird. I dont know anywhere around where I live that would do it cheaper just cuz you pay cash.

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Adding to what I mentioned earlier: I've been approached by mechanics and people in other business fields with the option of getting a job done cheaper if I pay cash. This allows the business to make more money and pay less taxes. If the owner makes more money and there are records of the exchange, they will pay higher taxes, thus lose more money. Paying cash allows no documentation, therefore less profit.

It happens more often than not in small business, where one or two people would work. Corporate chains are by the book and will have fixed prices.
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Rotors are the part that the brakes rub against. You can look at it yourself to see if there are grooves in it from wear, if so, yes you need new ones. They only cost like $10 each but the labor is most likely what costs most of the $300.

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I'm getting it taken care of today for MUCH cheaper.

That guy was a slimeball anyways.


I'm still looking at lease vehicles. I don't like this used stuff.
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