wife had her check engine light come on during a trip to south Florida
from Atlanta. They stayed over in Ocala FL that night and in the
morning took the car to the first place they could find which was ATL.
She just wanted to read the codes from the computer and if it wasn't
anything major, then be on her way. The error code that was presented
to her was for a catalytic converter error, no big deal. I told her to
get the oil changed and be on her way. After another hour I get a call
from her that she let them (for $60 extra dollars)do a "complete
diagnostic" and that they now recommended $1600-$1900 worth of work to
the car. I spoke to the manager to find out what was so expensive and
basicly this is the run down of what they wanted to do.
transmission, flush/clean fuel system, replace 2 Cat converter sensors,
replace all 4 spark plugs and replace valve cover gasket, change the
They said they would have the car done in about 2-3 hours.
I spoke to Patrick, I told my wife NOT to have any of those things
done. She said she was worried about the car and that they "already had
it taken apart so they may as well do the work".
This is like $600 worth of work at most that I could do myself for much
cheaper, told my wife to make them put it back together and head down
to Marco. The check engine light was no big deal.
was crying and hysterical and so worked up that she could not think
clearly, no Idea what they told her but long story short, $1600+ later
she is back on the road after a few minor tune up issues.
people sound very nice, but will do whatever it takes to separate you
from your money. And they, like most other shops, love easily
frightened women who are far away from home.
Car is an 04 Toyota Corolla, regularly maintained by Toyota of Roswell with about 100k miles on it.