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mpg350

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Saved $2,700
« on: June 24, 2014, 06:51:00 AM »
My wife has a 08 Camry 118k miles.  Been a reliable car but last week her gauges went crazy and a/c stopped working.  Being in Florida this needed to be fixed quick.  Took to mechanic was going to cost $3,000+ to replace the ABS control module.   I did a little research and found a used party online with a warranty for $250 and I found another mechanic that installed for $112I could have done the job myself but I would have to purchase computer program to flush the ABS module so just let the mechanic deal with it.   Got car back yesterday and so far its running perfect.

 
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Re: Saved $2,700
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2014, 06:54:46 AM »
very nice, there is so much potential savings when it comes to auto repair, and you didn't even have to do any work! Just a little research and procurement.

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Re: Saved $2,700
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2014, 09:18:22 AM »
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Re: Saved $2,700
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2014, 10:34:02 AM »
I think it's more fair to say you avoided being scammed out of $2,700.

$3,000 for almost any auto repair task short of a full engine rebuild or heavy collision damage is batshit insane. A mechanic spewing such a nonsense estimate is a scammer trying to take advantage of people who simply don't know anything about cars or repairs.

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Re: Saved $2,700
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2014, 11:26:29 AM »
I think it's more fair to say you avoided being scammed out of $2,700.

$3,000 for almost any auto repair task short of a full engine rebuild or heavy collision damage is batshit insane. A mechanic spewing such a nonsense estimate is a scammer trying to take advantage of people who simply don't know anything about cars or repairs.

Well not really because the part is over $1,900 new I confirmed with the dealer.   I am afraid to find out how much a dealership would have charged me for the job.  I did find in the process a great new mechanic that is close and has very good rates.   
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Re: Saved $2,700
« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2014, 12:48:00 PM »
Oh, I didn't realize the part was almost $2k alone. That partially explains it. But $1100 labor and markup is still completely bonkers. In the end: good on you for doing the research before whipping out the credit card on a ridiculous expense.

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Re: Saved $2,700
« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2014, 01:42:08 PM »
Oh, I didn't realize the part was almost $2k alone. That partially explains it. But $1100 labor and markup is still completely bonkers. In the end: good on you for doing the research before whipping out the credit card on a ridiculous expense.

I know and its so small..figured for that price I could get a new motor almost.

Todays cars the electronics when they break can get super expensive.

The labor is a ripoff it was only a two hour job at most so 1,100 for that is insane.