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  • Ouch. Glad you are ok though. Real bummer about the cash. Are you able to pay in installments? Christmas time is hard without these added "bonuses".
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    • I hadn't considered installments, Buda. It's worth a shot, thanks! I've always paid them when I pick up my car so I don't know if they do that.

      I've never gotten a bonus at this job. They are aware of my predicament so maybe this year it will happen! I'm determined to keep positive!

      I'm glad I'm ok, too! The guy in the truck I almost hit is glad, too!
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      • Glad you're safe cornfed! Must have been really scary.

        Perhaps the mechanic is willing to barter some graphic design work? New business cards, some newspaper ads, shop signs...?
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        • Sounds like the steering fluid pump, but that surely shouldn't cost $700 to replace. Maybe the mechanic's trying to squeeze out a little extra Christmas cash for himself.
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          • Originally posted by cornfed View Post
            I hadn't considered installments, Buda. It's worth a shot, thanks! I've always paid them when I pick up my car so I don't know if they do that.

            I've never gotten a bonus at this job. They are aware of my predicament so maybe this year it will happen! I'm determined to keep positive!

            I'm glad I'm ok, too! The guy in the truck I almost hit is glad, too!

            Ouch sorry to hear that Cornfed, I had something similar but it wasn't exactly as yours. It was electrical and since everything is power this and that it could a possibility for you. Has your mechanic explored for faulty wiring ?
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            • Is there anyway to get a second opinion?

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              • No deals, no payment plans! $1000 up front! He's been my regular mechanic for over 10 years and is by far the most honest in town so I'm trusting him. The diagnosis is that my oil leak has destroyed my brakes. Oil leak = 700, brakes = 300. Yowza! I don't understand how either of those caused me to lose control of steering but geez, at this point, I'm kinda scared to ask! I know they are all up in my wheel well today so if they find something more I'm sure they'll fix it.

                To my mechanics credit, in the past if I've had a hard time, they have allowed me to order my own parts to ease the bill. This time that wasn't an option. Most of the bill is labor.
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                • wowsa. that stinks.

                  I know we had a timing belt issue a few months back: $1600. and it shouldn't have happened but the one time we went to Pep Boys they installed a shield wrong and it was slowly slicing our belt.

                  get a candy cane and hand over when you go to pick up your car and say "Merry Christmas" when you pay.
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                  • I went to PepBoys to install a new alternator once. They put it in backwards. I'll never go there again for engine repairs.

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                    • yeah, Pep Boys was not our normal thing, we have a few mechanics we trust, but the issue was the water pump and it was close to wife's work...never again.
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                      • I hate to say it but it sounds like they are soaking you CF. If at 700 bucks he still can't find the problem ... I would take it to someone else. And if your breaks were working ... they might need a replacement from being worn but they aren't gone and shouldn't need it right now. That doesn't needed to be added to the bill at this point and time.

                        The brakes have nothing to do with your steering issues.

                        Yes, my guy is a mechanic and he said based on what you said that the Steering column could have seized up or lost a pin out of the column. Any number of things steering related that SHOULD have been able to be found with little issue.

                        Without looking at it himself he can't be sure of course but, He says it sounds worth a second opinion when someone doesn't know what it is and just keeps tacking on to the bill.
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                        • Thanks for asking him RKK! I'm supposed to go pick it up this afternoon so there's not a lot I can do. I will know immediately if it is repaired. It's a certain little tug when turning right that I'll feel. Terribly frustrating. A guy I work with swears it's a caliper. I am at the mercy of my mechanics...I can make just about any repair on a German car. I've even installed a new engine in a VW, twice...once in a van and one in a 67 bug....same engine, too! Any other kind of car, I'm lost!
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                          • I sure hope whatever it was is fixed at that price

                            Hopefully you can make installments as mentioned. I have to get mine inspected and I know there are a few things that need fixing. I just can't bear to take it to them before Christmas because I will end up in tears
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                            • I hope it's fixed too! This is some BS, especially right before Christmas. This is one of 3 really bad luck issues I'm having right now.

                              The others are:
                              my Christmas gifts delivered via UPS went to the wrong address. UPS said it's not their fault. The company said it is not their fault. I'll never order from Redford Films again. If they make it right then I'll come back in here and give a better review.

                              my son bought a car on Friday. He test drove it and "promised" he had done his diligence. Had he test drove it for more than 10 minutes, he would have found that the car does not function after 10 minutes. I think he only saw red and a sunroof before he became engulfed with haste.

                              I am beyond frustrated during this season to be jolly. Two tablespoons of cherry flavored fukitol would do me very well right now! There... I've vented!
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                              • That sucks Cornfed. I'm also having some financial woes this wonderful holiday season. I had to spend $3,400 at the dentist a few weeks ago for two of my teeth. Today I had to spend like $2,100 for 3 of my wife's teeth. Somehow both were considered emergency visits from extreme pain. And these prices are with dental insurance.
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