I was under the impression that as we progressed in our world, that people would actually get better, but the experience I had with a mechanic really changed my mind and sent my view clear in the other direction. I had a major breakdown with my vehicle in Buena Park last weekend, so we had a family friend have it towed to a AAA-recommended service station – found out the water pump was shot, so $329 later, we had the pump replaced, along with a serpentine belt & thermostat.
Less than a week later, I’m getting leaks and the belt flies off AGAIN. So I call the shop furious on a Saturday, and the shop owner says he’ll have his mechanic come out to look at it to see what’s wrong. Fine….I thought. THEN, I call the shop on Monday, and the mechanic says “Oh, the owner never said we’d come OUT….you have to have it towed here for us to look at it”. He agrees to cover it if it’s related to their work.
OK…..fine…..or so I thought.
He calls me back later on and says “Where’s the belt?”. I told him I assumed it was still in the engine well since I didn’t see the belt anywhere around the van when it broke down the 2nd time. He claims it wasn’t there, and since he couldn’t inspect the belt himself that they’d assume NO responsibility for it, and laid the towing charge on me!
THEN….he also says that we had tampered with the radiator hose, causing it to leak! Ummmm….HELLO….does he think I’m NUTS????
So I called the Tom Martino radio show (www.troubleshooter.com), and told him my story to see what they might be able to do as far as any recommendations of action. They called the station, and they were a bunch of jack@$$es to them too! Needless to say, I’m taking it elsewhere to have it fixed RIGHT, and they can SHOVE their USELESS repair job up their nether regions! What a CROCK!
Guess the ARCO SmogPros in Buena Park – which was recommended by AAA – should’ve been checked out a LOT more thoroughly before they recommend them to anyone! It’s a shlock! Geez, I’m insensed right now…..I can’t wait until I get it towed outta there. Payday is still a couple days away though….*sigh*.
I’ll be SO glad when this gets over!