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Linda is an attractive lady, late twenties, with an uncanny ability to buy one unreliable car after the other. We work on her car from time to time, often after her current boyfriend or a big chain car repair shop has "fixed" it first
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Brake Warrany

Linda's bright yellow Camaro with the $19.95 brake job from a big auto repair chain store ended up needing brakes again right before she sold it. (As related in previous episodes this 49.95 brake job ended up costing her close to $1000)

Since Linda does a lot of around town driving (and loves to hotrod her cars), after a couple of years she needed brakes again. We informed her of this one day while we were changing her oil. She said,"Well, at least I can get a freebie this time!" I have a lifetime warranty on my brakes from Alfred Discounting Tires Plus a Lot of Other Stuff. They may have charged me a lot last time, but now I can save some money.

The next time I saw Linda she was really FUMING!!. "Alfred Discounting Tires Plus a Lot of Other Stuff charged me $1000 for the front brakes again!!!"
Linda had the bill for her latest front brake job. This time there was no charge for the "Brake Job." In fact the very first line said:
"LIFETIME BRAKE JOB WARRANTY: NO CHARGE".
HOWEVER, They had once again charged her
"EXTRA CHARGE FOR SEMI-METALLIC PADS AND SHOES: $50.
Once again, That's more than the pads for her car cost. Moreover, all cars made after 1980 have semi-metallic pads, so it's hard to see what kind of car could get out of there without incurring this extra charge.
In addition they had again sold her
new rotors ($145 x 2 = $290)
new drums (90x2 = $180)
new bearings ($35 x 4 = $100)
new grease seals ($25)
rebuilt calipers ($125 x 2 = $250)
2 new wheel cylinders ($55 x 2 = $110)

I was amazed at this. Her brakes had not been "metal to metal", and there was no reason not to turn then and put pads on them. All the rest of the stuff they replaced had supposedly been done by them only a couple of years ago.


I said,"Oh well, I guess that's why I'm not rich at this stuff yet. But if that's what it takes to get rich in the mechanic business I'll never do it. I couldn't sleep nights.



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Thank you for visiting the ECONOMECHANIX WEB SITE. Please feel free to comment. We also serve the surrounding communities of Alachua, High Springs, Hawthorne, and Newberry! Gainesville has been my home since 1974, and I've loved Gvl and the Gators since I came here in the fall of 1974 to attend the University of Florida. I loved it so much I stayed and opened my car repair business. Originally it was out of the back of a 1963 Chevrolet wagon, but in 1977 a fellow mechanic and I opened an auto repair shop with actual walls, etc. I stayed in the same location for 26 years, and recently moved my operation to property I bought 15 miles east of Gainesville. I am doing most all the repairs myself now, having reduced my overhead from $1500 per month to practically nothing. I do work by appointment only. I mostly work only on my established customers cars, but I will occasionally take on new clients. E-mail me and I will either make arrangements to look at your car, or I will recommend you to someone who will.

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ABS: Anti-Lock Brake Systems
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ALTERNATORS and Car Battery
AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS
B
BATTERIES: Auto, Car or Truck
BELTS AND HOSES
BEARINGS
BODY AND BUMPER REPAIRS
BRAKE REPAIRS: Car or Truck
C
CARBURETORS:Car & Truck
CHECK ENGINE LIGHT
CLEANING: Engine Cleaning
CLUTCH REPAIRS: Car & Truck
COMPRESSION: Car Engine
COMPUTER CAR CONTROLS
CV JOINT OR CV AXLES
D
DISTRIBUTORS (IGNITION)
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ENGINES: Car & Truck
ENGINE CLEANING
EXPANSION PLUGS
F
FREEZE PLUGS
FUEL AIR MIXTURE
FUEL INJECTION: Car & Truck
FUEL PUMPS: Car & Truck
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GAGES AND "IDIOT LIGHTS"
GASKETS AND SEALS
GLASS: WINDOWS AND WINDSHIELDS
H
HEADS & HEAD GASKET
HOSES AND BELTS
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"IDIOT LIGHTS" AND GAGES
IGNITION TIMING: Car & Truck
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AUTO JACKS: lifting cars safely
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L
LEAN "Car runs lean"
LIGHTS: WARNING OR "IDIOT LIGHTS"
Limp Home Mode
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MIL Light
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NO START: Car Won't Start
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OIL CHANGES
OIL: What's right for your car?
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PCV Valve
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RADIATORS: Car and Truck
RICH: Car runs rich
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SEALS AND GASKETS
SERVICE ENGINE SOON LIGHT
SPARK PLUGS
STARTERS: Auto, Truck
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THERMOSTATS
TIMING: IGNITION TIMING
TIMING BELT & TIMING CHAIN
TIRE REPAIR
TRANSMISSIONS: AUTOMATIC
TRANSMISSIONS: MANUAL
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V
VACUUM ADVANCE
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