Recently the squealing coming from my car finally convinced me I needed brakes. So I priced brake work at many different shops and even got an estimate from one brake specialist. Since I’m on a pretty tight budget nowadays, I decided to see if I could cut the costs so I did a little investigating for my brakes and some other work I need. The results were eye opening. I will never go to an auto repair place again.
What I did was I went to Autozone and simply bought the needed parts on my various estimates myself. I then posted an ad on Craiglist for a mechanic to do some work for me. Someone emailed me and refered me to “Gus”, a very cool guy from Liberia who was skilled in Auto Pepair.
Here’s what I found.
I got an inspection from BrakeMasters. They indicated I needed pads and rotors. Their estimate?
Brake Pads: $91
Brake Pads: $18.99
2. Tie Rod End
Firestone told me I needed a “outer front tie rod end”.
Labor: $0 (included in brake work)
3. Transmission Service
Estimates again from Firestone.
4. Misc Service
Estimates also from Firestone:
Winshield Wipers: $21.98
Air Filter: $13.99
Air Filter: $8.00
Windshield Wipers: $6.00
Labor: did myself, I’m not completed retarded.
Do all the math, and I saved $525.60 by simply buying the parts at Autozone and putting an ad on Craigslist.
I understand auto shops need to make money, but that’s just fucking ridiculous.
Oh, the car runs perfectly.