Wednesday, 16 September 2009

cars are expensive to upkeep

and as soon as you drive it off the lot, if you are lucky or silly enough to get a new car, they lose so much value it's not funny. ten years on i suppose i'm lucky that i really haven't spent a great deal on it. it's been reliable. today i went for a service and that was ok $120. not too bad. then he found the front brake pads were worn so changed them over for another $120. hmmm. then said the fan belt needs changing, there's two apparently. $90 bucks i put off until next time. then when i picked it up he told me the timing belt is on the way out. doesn't sound too bad does it? wrong!!!!!!!! there are two options. a) $300 for the belt. but....... $600 if i get the 'kit' and change the valve things or something like that at the same time. also, there's a water pump at the back of the timing belt which if it isn't changed and it leaks on the timing belt there will be expensive and big trouble. he said the timing belt if it goes will cause the whole engine to have a major cow and cost me thousands. ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh i filled up with petrol on the way home too. and to make matters worse i wasted the whole day coz he didn't look at it for about two and a half hours. he didn't know i needed it 'urgently'. well yes, i would like it back the same day but i shouldn't complain should i? but i will :)


  1. I would get a second opinion. Some of these guys try to pull the wool over a female.

  2. Was going to say the same thing as Diane...Sounds like he is trying to make a quick buck at your expense...


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