Brake Job Or Brake Scam?
My brakes had been squeaking for quite awhile. I finally made some time and took it in to my local Firestone. I received a coupon, brake job for $130 dollars. Hmmm, forking over some cash or the Mrs. and I slamming into a tree? Hmmm, check please!
I have to confess, I’m not much of a grease monkey. Going into Firestone felt like stepping into a doctor’s office. The person who greeted me was friendly and knowledgeable. My truck was up on a rack for a free inspection in no time.
After some time, we reviewed the damage. All kinds of mechanic mumbo jumbo flew out, your rotors are worn, you need new calipers, oh by the way, your tires are worn down, too. I was expecting to fork over $130. The final estimate was almost $1600!!! He did offer a no interest finance plan. Gee, thanks! 🙂
My frugal side came out swinging. Let’s hold on the tires and focus on the brakes. It was still in the $800 range. Panic set in. I thought I needed to get rid of the car (death trap, money pit). $800 could go into a new car, why would I waste it on brakes?!?! For a second opinion, I called my trusted wingmen.
Although it was in the middle of the day, my two wingmen calmed me down. I strongly advise having a trusted wingman for times like this. It’s good to have a second opinion and a sounding board during foreign situations. I was close to forking over the 800 bucks because I was completely out of my element. I really need to get more educated on my car, too.
After some back and forth, I made up some story that I had to go. Please get my car down. The rep pushed a little more, probably upset that he was missing out on a nice daily haul, but I would have none of it.
My wingmen advised to look for a local, trustworthy mechanic. I turned to Yelp and found just the guy I was looking for. A few days later, I took care of my brakes for a whopping $138. Overall, it was a good experience. I admit I shouldn’t have become so unhinged at Firestone. I’m still a work in progress and have to remember not to panic, even in unfamiliar situations. Finally, Yelp isn’t just good for finding yummy eats. It helped me add a new ally to Team Buck Inspire, my mechanic.