Almost $800 To Repair Our Car

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    Jun 17, 2014 4:17 AM GMT
    Last week we went to our doctor. When I came outside the car wouldn't start. I'd been having some problems with the ignition switch for a few weeks, but now it wouldn't start at all. And then the key wouldn't come out, it was stuck in place.

    At which point my husband panicked, he always panics. He's so Italian.

    "Call triple A! Call Gary and Richard!" (Our friends nearby)

    "No, be quiet. Let me keep trying.."

    "We need a tow! I'm calling triple A!"

    "No! I'll let you know when we need a tow. Just sit there, and be quiet,"

    I kept trying, it took over 10 minutes, but I finally got the car started. And drove it over to the dealership where we bought it, a mile away.

    I was told the repair would be a shocking $900. I dropped every name I could (we know the owners of the AutoNation national corporation that owns them, and a number of their local executives), and finally got them down to $771. It pays to dispute a bill, and challenge it.

    Still, we aren't wealthy, and this kills a birthday trip to Key West I wanted to give to my husband in July. I told him his birthday celebration will have to be deferred until October, He took it well, though I'm humiliated I can't do his birthday on his birth month. icon_redface.gif
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    Jun 17, 2014 4:30 AM GMT
    daaaamn did the car repair shop only air Fox news? I hate getting my car repaired because my car repair shop does that.
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    Jun 17, 2014 5:08 AM GMT
    Ouch.

    I had a similar bill last year when I got stranded out with a failed alternator in Portland. (Plus a night spent in the alley where I had parked, calling every "24 hour towing" "service" in the city. Turns out that none of them will actually come out on a Saturday night. They just take phone messages 24 hours icon_rolleyes.gif ) Had it happened near home, I could have fixed it myself for less than $100.

    Shoulda, coulda, woulda. Next time, I'll just rent a car, drive home to get the farm truck and trailer, and haul it home myself.
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    Jun 17, 2014 5:44 AM GMT
    Ooh, sorry life throws you a curve ball. Your plan for your husband sounds nice and thoughtful. I'm sure he appreciates it nonetheless. Hope it all works out soon.
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    Jun 17, 2014 11:48 AM GMT
    What was wrong, did they say? Bad lock cylinder? Did they explain what and why and show you the replaced part?
    Some of the older cars (pre-2000) only needed the rod that runs down the steering column from the lock cylinder to the actual starter-switch adjusted to make the car start easier. Especially with tilt columns. They'd still have to drop the column down to make the adjustment, but I doubt it'd cost $800!

    Garages can rip you off if you're uneducated about autos:
    I took my friends car in to one of those fast lube places because she thought she was getting ripped off when it came to 'accessory' items.
    I had just changed the cabin filter in her car because it had an odor, so when the guy walks into the waiting room (where you can't see what they are doing unless you stand up and peer in!) with a dirty cabin filter and claimed it was mine and needed changing, I said "You took that out of my car? You opened my glove box without my permission?!?" {Like in most cars, it's located behind the glove compartment. Easy to change.}
    You shoulda seen the look on his face! He stammered and said "uh, sorry, wrong customer!"

    Quietly, I paid (far less than if I had let them "change" my clean filter!) and then filed a complaint with the state BBB and posted a negative review on Yelp and TripAdvisor.

    Hit them where it hurts...the wallet!
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    Jun 17, 2014 8:29 PM GMT
    Wow, that makes me appreciate using my bicycle for primary transportation...haven't driven my car in almost two months.
  • rnch

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    Jun 17, 2014 9:57 PM GMT
    Is that the Ford Focus?
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    Jun 17, 2014 10:01 PM GMT
    I have a +1000ยง bill on my car at the moment that I can't pay. Well I can, but I prefer waiting until i'm a bit safer. Luckily enough I can still drive around with it so i'm fine icon_cool.gif

    Volkswagen is by far the best car i've had.
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    Jun 17, 2014 10:32 PM GMT
    Car parts and labor, usually $100 an hr, it's quite expensive these days. Especially at a dealership. It helps to know people, or to always be under warranty(not an option for older cars, of course). Or, ideally, be able to fix things yourself, which is not always an option, either. It was easy to set points, it's a lot more difficult to diagnose faulty sensors and bad connections on today's cars.
  • Webster666

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    Jun 18, 2014 12:46 AM GMT
    You took the car to the dealership ?!
    I thought everybody knew that that was the most expensive place in the world you could take a car for repairs.
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    Jun 18, 2014 12:49 AM GMT
    Art_Deco saidLast week we went to our doctor. When I came outside the car wouldn't start. I'd been having some problems with the ignition switch for a few weeks, but now it wouldn't start at all. And then the key wouldn't come out, it was stuck in place.

    At which point my husband panicked, he always panics. He's so Italian.

    "Call triple A! Call Gary and Richard!" (Our friends nearby)

    "No, be quiet. Let me keep trying.."

    "We need a tow! I'm calling triple A!"

    "No! I'll let you know when we need a tow. Just sit there, and be quiet,"

    I kept trying, it took over 10 minutes, but I finally got the car started. And drove it over to the dealership where we bought it, a mile away.

    I was told the repair would be a shocking $900. I dropped every name I could (we know the owners of the AutoNation national corporation that owns them, and a number of their local executives), and finally got them down to $771. It pays to dispute a bill, and challenge it.

    Still, we aren't wealthy, and this kills a birthday trip to Key West I wanted to give to my husband in July. I told him his birthday celebration will have to be deferred until October, He took it well, though I'm humiliated I can't do his birthday on his birth month. icon_redface.gif


    Did you mention what kind of car it is??? I AM CURIOUS???