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Recently your website was mentioned in an A/P article by DeeAnn Durbin. It said that in an effort to appeal to women, auto mfgrs. are offering cooking demos, male models and tours. Are they serious? I am female, in my mid 60,s and have some disposable income for a somewhat higher end new car. I want to shop for this car myself but am too intimidated. ...
How much should I pay for rear brakes and rotors replacement on my 2011 Chevrolet Malibu at a dealership?
A Toyota dealership wants to charge me $130 to change my transmission fluid. A local service shop wants to charge less than $ 50. This repair shop has a excellent reputation. It is so frustrating to understand this discrepancy. Since my car is not under warranty is there an overriding reason that I should use a Toyota dealer?
#1. My 2007 Honda Civic is at Honda dealership having front windshield glass and trim moldings/seals replaced. I have a Hondacare extended warranty, but was told that this isn't covered. Price quoted approximately $400. Is this average in Dallas, TX area? Service technician is someone I've dealt with in the past year, then discovered he wasn't honest ...
I was at a chevy dealership and this is the price break down to replace an alternator and serpintine belt Alternator: $450.00 Serpintine Belt: $36.81 Labor: $236.00 Total $686.81 plus tax (not sure where he got this number but it obviously dose not add up) After looking online for typical alternator prices I didn't feel comfortable paying such a ...
Hello, I have a general question I hope you can give me better insight on. I recently seen a used car posted online for the price 17.774. The car was traded in this past weekend so when I seen it they hadn't cleaned it out yet from the trade deal. Upon going up to the dealership and going through all the "negotiations" I went back to the financing ...
The air conditioner in my 2001 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class works fine but the heater and defrost only blowing cold air. I have taken it to a couple shops and no one seems to know what the problem is . I cant afford to take is to a Merecedes-Benz dealership right now. Any ideas?

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