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How to deal with auto dealer's service dept. and not get hoodwinked? Hi Breanne: Hoping you can help with this. I have a 1996 Dodge Caravan, that has been fairly reliable but has also had some major repair bills. A few weeks ago, my husband noticed it had a leak. I took it in, and was told by the Chrysler dealer's service manager (where we've always ...
had timing belt & water pump changed then changed garages. new guy checked belt & pump. they are OEM parts. new guy says belt & pump could not have been changed. they are OEM parts & OEM parts for a subaru just don't exist 7 years after the car was made. new guy says the 'job' (replacing belt & pump) was a put on. could he be right? if so, i'm out $358!!! ...
Patty, I understand location of a used vehicle affects how much a used vehicle is worth as well as condition, mileage, age, etc. Generally speaking, how do prices vary in different parts of the country for pre-owned vehicles? How does it vary by specific vehicle? Thank you.
Yesterday I almost was a victim of the "good ole boys" club when I bought a new window motor from an auto parts place, took it to another place only to have them REFUSE to put in something that did NOT come from a dealership. THen they had the balls to price the repair HIGHER than what the dealership did! I'm now trying to figure out if I can do this ...
My 2004 VW Jetta has 60k miles & 2 days ago the check coolant light came on. I checked the coolant & it was not below the proper level. Today the light came back on & coolant scented steam was coming from under the hood where the coolant tank is. I am going to a Napa auto parts shortly to get more coolant to add until I decide where to get it fixed or ...
I need help! I read about AskPatty.com in the NY Times, and I thought, what a great idea! I think I may have been fleeced more times than a Merino ewe. I just have had many, many bad experiences with auto mechanics, and though I'm a journalist typically more than comfortable with confronting injustice, I'm shy about doing it without solid information ...
I purchased a 2006 Honda Civic in January. I drive for work and the car now has 30,000 miles on it. I took the car in for service and an oil change today and was told that my car needed the 30,000 mile checkup to the tune of $489. When I asked what the service included some of the highlights: flushing the transmission fluid, changing the air filter, ...

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