Today, I spent 600 dollars to have my brakes fixed on my car, they weren't squeaking. I got my car back and now the brakes squeal and my air conditioning won't work. I just spent 600 dollars to break my car even more. FML

by StupidCar / 02/07/2009 at 3:56pm / United States (Florida) / Transportation

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  • If you went to a cheap shop, this is a valuable lesson on why it's a cheap shop. Try to get your money back, or put a stop payment on it at the bank if you used credit cards or checks. Be sure to call your car's company and ask for qualified shops around your area. Sometimes the dealership charges more, but qualified repair shops might charge less and use qualified parts for your car. Also, if you did go to a qualified shop, and you don't get your money back, then be sure to call them and report it.

    #1 - On 02/07/2009 at 6:22pm by NofolkDude

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  • I just replaced my brakes and rotors on my own...It cost me around $75 and took about 30 minutes...buy the "Haynes Manual" for your particular make and model (they are available at Advanced Auto, etc.) for about $25 dollars. This book will save you THOUSANDS over the years from avoiding circumstances like the one you are in. You will also learn how to fix it next time AND you can help your friends/girlfriends out if they need it...BTW my father was a mechanic for 20+ years and this is the best possible advice I could pass on to anyone with a low bank account and a high need for self-transportation. Furthermore...places like Advanced Auto (I promise I don't work for them...they are just a really good after-market car parts store) will loan you a brake caliper tool kit for a deposit of about $60 (the cost if you were to buy it) and you get it ALL back when you return the kit! AMAZING...don't let shops scam you...I know many mechanics and most of them will tell you that what happened to you was on purpose...sad but true...take this knowledge and save yourself many headaches if you don't mind getting your hands a little dirty. [email protected] if you wanna ask me any questions I will try to help...PEACE

    #13 - On 02/15/2009 at 6:26pm by Matt M

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