5 Scams Your Car Mechanic Doesn’t Want You to Know

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5 Scams Your Car Mechanic Doesn’t Want You to Know
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  • Rev up your engines, today I'm going to talk about ways that mechanics
  • can rip you off and how you can avoid it in the first place, now I have to admit over
  • the years dishonest mechanics have actually made me a lot of money, cuz they went to the
  • dishonest mechanics and said they need $3-4,000 worth of work, then they'd come to me for
  • a second opinion on it and I'd say, hey they made up most of that stuff, maybe you need
  • to do this $200-300 dollar job but the rest of it you don't need, I would have never gotten
  • those customers if the first mechanics had been honest, now the first thing is being
  • overcharged for a job, I'll give you a perfect example of one I had last week, a customer
  • had an acura and it was recalled to have the engine rebuilt, so I took it to the dealer,
  • and they said yes they have to rebuild the engine, but they have to replace the timing
  • belt, now according to them the timing belt wasn't included in the recall, so they wanted
  • $785 to change that while they were rebuilding the engine, which if you know anything about
  • cars is a total rip off, cuz to rebuild the engine they got to take it all apart, so the
  • timing belt has to be taken off with a bunch of other things, they were going to charge
  • him $785 cuz that's the book that says here's what it costs to replace a timing belt, but
  • that's on an engine that's all put together, they had to take the whole thing apart anyways,
  • they had to remove the timing belt to do all that work, so what they should have done is
  • said, well the timing belt is $89 we'll charge you for the belt, they shouldn't charge labor
  • cuz they had to take the thing off anyways, and I see this all the time, so it always
  • benefits you to learn a little bit about your car so you don't get ripped off like that,
  • you can do a little research or you can ask a guy like me, they often will try to do stuff
  • like that, and then they'll show on the book, see it says replace timing belt that's $785,
  • I see this kind of double charging happening all the time, if your going in for a recall,
  • have the recall done and nothing else, cuz they don't make any money on recalls at the
  • dealership, so their always trying pile stuff on top so they make money, you got a recall,
  • let them do the recall and say just do the recall and nothing else, now the next thing
  • to avoid is people selling you things that you just don't need, many years ago when gm
  • had their horrible v8 diesel engine that was a converted gasoline 350 v8 engine, I had
  • a friend and he showed me a bill from the dealer, we was made cuz even after he spent
  • a bunch on money at the dealer it didn't run right, actually it was the engine going out
  • cuz it was one of those diesel conversions and they never were any good anyways, but
  • I looked at the bill from the dealer, and included in it was 8 spark plugs, and of course
  • diesels don't have spark plugs, they just made the whole thing up, and when they got
  • caught, oh they said, oh we made a mistake in billing and they refunded him his money
  • for the spark plugs, now that was an extreme example but I see it all the time, things
  • are good and people try to sell them parts that they don't need, one of my customers
  • she was a bookkeeper, and she was a bookkeeper for lots of people and one of the guys was
  • a millionaire, and he had a volvo and she knew he was getting ripped off so she had
  • him bring it to me, so I looked at his service records, now this volvo was like 3 years old
  • but it only had 15,000 miles on it cuz the guy flew everywhere, he didn't drive his car
  • all that much, he lived downtown so he didn't have to travel around a lot, well in those
  • 15,000 miles they had sold him 3 sets of tires, and 3 sets of brake pads, they just made up
  • stuff and the guy was a millionaire, he just thought, oh it's a Swedish car it costs money
  • to maintain them and I want it to run good, so he paid for 3 sets of tires and 3 sets
  • of brake pads, and he probably didn't need any of them at all with only 15,000 miles
  • on the car, I see flat out dishonesty like that all the time, especially when it comes
  • to these service intervals that's something you really got to watch out for, I had a customer
  • with a porsche, now it was 4 years old, but it only had 8,000 miles on it, she only used
  • it as a weekend toy right, so she take it in to the dealer for the servicing, and basically
  • they charge her $1,000 just to change the oil and to check things and then they advice
  • that she had $5,000 more work done on the car, and since it was the first time I worked
  • on her car, her friend told her about me, I said bring it over and let me check it out,
  • so I pulled off all the wheels, I looked at everything that they said the car needed,
  • and it didn't need any of that stuff, the brake pads weren't worn out, nothing was leaking,
  • everything was working fine, so I said let me call up the porsche dealer and I'll talk
  • to them for being crooks and trying to sell you all this stuff your car doesn't need,
  • and here's how to guy responded at the porsche dealer, he said well when the car is 4 years
  • old, we advise replacing the brake master cylinder, the rotors, the brake pads, the
  • brake calipers, everything cuz this is a performance car and we want our customers to be safe,
  • so I said hey the car's only got 8,000 miles did you even look at the car, I pulled the
  • wheels off and said this thing still has 90% of everything left on it, there's no reason
  • to change it all, but they used one of those, 50,000 miles or 4 years which ever comes first
  • service intervals and tried to sell her a bunch of stuff, that's a load of nonsense,
  • on many modern cars ever so many miles some of them it's 15,000 miles some of them it's
  • 30,000, a little light comes on to remind you that it's time to service the car, people
  • freak out and think, oh something is wrong with my car I got to take it right in, well
  • those things just come on so many miles, and a lot of it is total nonsense there's nothing
  • wrong with the car at all, it's just that they know you see this light a lot of people
  • will take it to the dealer cuz this light is on, then they'll say, oh well it's time
  • for your 30,000 mile check up and that's gonna be $900 and blah blah, that's really taking
  • things too far when they started putting all those warning lights, cuz hey it doesn't mean
  • that there's anything wrong with your car at all, but it scares people and especially
  • older people, they'll often get talked in to buying a whole bunch of stuff that their
  • car doesn't need, just last week one of my customers told their friends about me cuz
  • they went into the toyota dealer and they were all upset cuz they said their car needed
  • $3,500 worth of work done, they took it in under one of those service intervals, and
  • of course they tried to sell them everything including the kitchen sink, I went through
  • it with a fine tooth comb and used my fancy scan tool and really I couldn't find anything
  • wrong with the vehicle, now the rear brake pads were getting a little thin, I said well
  • you know their going to last another 5-10,000 miles probably, they said go ahead and change
  • the rear brake pads, so I did that but even that didn't need to be done right away, and
  • they tried to tell you, oh it's dangerous you need to do this, those stupid little lights
  • they probably sold more unnecessary repairs to people than anything I can think about,
  • so if your car is one of those service interval lights that comes on, hey do a little research
  • on your own car, see how often that light comes on and you can learn what it really
  • means, don't be scared that, oh my car is going to blow up, most of the time it has
  • nothing to do with anything other than a certain time frame has passed on and then the light
  • came on, sometimes think of that light as a game on monopoly, where you get a card that
  • says, do not pass go, do not collect $200, go directly to jail, only in this case jail
  • is the dealer that's going to try to rip you off, yes you need to maintain your car, oil
  • changes any everything that needs to be done, your better off getting a little notebook
  • and doing a little research and see what has to be done on your car at what time, and do
  • it then, don't go by these made up lights that come on every so many miles regardless
  • of how you maintain or drive your car, take many toyotas for example, the use a hoat coolant,
  • hybrid organic acid technology, many of them go 7 years or 150,000 miles, so all you got
  • to do is put it in your notebook and say coolant 7 years 150,000 miles then you know when that
  • time comes up you go ahead and change it, do that for all your service intervals, don't
  • trust some stupid little light comes on and then people try to sell you stuff, that's
  • why the most important thing is to find an honest mechanic, it doesn't matter how good
  • a mechanic is, if he's not honest everything is thrown out the window, now I know some
  • really good mechanics that charge a whole bunch of money but their honest, if you can
  • afford what their charging your going to get a good job done, and I have friends that live
  • in other places of the country, the say oh wow bob you know he was a really good mechanic
  • but every time we went to him, $100 for this $100 for that, this was years ago, and today
  • when I talk to these people the say now it's $1,000 for this, $1,000 for that, realize
  • yes things cost more, which makes the importance of an honest mechanic even bigger, I've seen
  • dishonest mechanics that have a little spray bottle, they'll spray the stop of the strut
  • on here, then they'll show the customer, look your strut is leaking, you need new struts,
  • I've seen them try to sell all kinds of stuff, oh you need your fuel injectors cleaned, most
  • cars when their driving normally with good gas, gasoline is a very good cleaner, it will
  • clean the engines by themselves, now if you do have a gdi gasoline direct injection some
  • of those do carbon up and they actually have to be cleaned, regular fuel injected cars,
  • your driving with good gas and maintain them they really don't need the fuel injectors
  • cleaned, or vice versa, now a lot of the manufacturers say, oh the automatic transmission fluid is
  • a lifetime fluid, you never have to change it, it's good for the lifetime of the transmission,
  • well if you don't change it every once in a while believe me it's gonna get dirty, the
  • transmission is going to wear out and it will be long after the warranty is up and you'll
  • have to pay for a super expensive transmission, so in this case it's actually better to do
  • more maintenance than what the manufacturers often suggest, cuz they want to sell you either
  • another transmission that costs thousands and thousands, or that you give up and buy
  • another car, but I could never understand that cuz if the transmission did break on
  • a car that I bought I would never buy another one of those cars again, that would be the
  • of that, and that's where the Japanese have eaten up the car market, when I was a young
  • mechanic let me tell you, Japanese cars were few and far between you hardly ever saw them,
  • now go out and look at a parking lot their almost all Japanese cars, cuz they gradually
  • made them better and they didn't put as much junk in them, so people bought them, they
  • weren't particularly excited with the Japanese they just said, hey they make something that
  • doesn't break I'm going to buy it, and of course when it comes to not getting ripped
  • off on repairs the best thing is to have a car that very rarely needs repairs, cuz it
  • doesn't matter how good or how honest your mechanic is, let's say you go out and buy
  • a Fiat, odds are the thing is going to break down before it's time, regardless of how you
  • take care of it, you'll spend a lot of your hard earned money on repairs whether people
  • are honest or not, you know get a little flashlight you can check your struts before any mechanic
  • looks at it, if their all dry and it rides good and then if you go someplace and they
  • say, look your strut is leaking, you just checked it and you know it wasn't leaking
  • if it's got oil on it you know their crooks, and go ahead and get one of those little scan
  • bluetooth tools that plugs into your obd port that works off your phone, you can say things
  • like, well it's got p0174 so I know it's running a little bit lean, the codes will tell you
  • that, and if you go a little further you can go into live data on these things and you
  • can say, well the fuel trim is adding 8% fuel and when you show theirs some knowledge their
  • going to have a lot harder time scamming you, so know you know scams that mechanics might
  • try pulling on you and how you can avoid them in the first place,
  • so if you never want to miss another one of my new car repair videos, remember to ring
  • that bell!

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