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rjathon

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PostSubject: Butthead tire store   Butthead tire store Icon_minitimeWed Apr 28, 2021 6:36 pm

I took my wife’s 1995 RM sedan with 110,000 miles on it to the store where we bought the tires for a courtesy rotation and alignment checkup and they said that it needs new tie rod ends and a control arm for $1000 plus parts. I declined, of course so then they said it needs new brakes and rotors.
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PostSubject: Re: Butthead tire store   Butthead tire store Icon_minitimeWed Apr 28, 2021 8:42 pm

That's probably why most of us do most of our work, as I know you realize.

Tom
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PostSubject: Re: Butthead tire store   Butthead tire store Icon_minitimeWed Apr 28, 2021 8:51 pm

Are all those parts they said it needed good?

Not every shop is a Butthead...
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PostSubject: Re: Butthead tire store   Butthead tire store Icon_minitimeWed Apr 28, 2021 9:00 pm

The dead "giveaways" are "courtesy rotation and alignment checkup". You know they are going to find something. It's a perfect way to sell you something. They know you got a new set of tires and you don't want to wear them with worn parts.........here comes the vultures.

Tom
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PostSubject: Re: Butthead tire store   Butthead tire store Icon_minitimeWed Apr 28, 2021 9:09 pm

Agreed - But the automatic assumption that this is what happened gives the good shops a bad reputation that they don't deserve.

If the OP said that they had just inspected these components and/or recently serviced the brakes then maybe there's something to base the conclusion that it's dishonest?

It's very likely that these components don't need to be replaced and the whole situation is as presumed, but to automatically jump to that conclusion isn't doing anyone any good in my opinion
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PostSubject: Re: Butthead tire store   Butthead tire store Icon_minitimeThu Apr 29, 2021 5:42 am

Do the steering parts actually have over 100K on them? Or do you know if they have been replaced recently?
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PostSubject: Re: Butthead tire store   Butthead tire store Icon_minitimeFri Apr 30, 2021 12:57 pm

I went for a toe check. They tried to sell me a tierod end, and I only have about 10K on the one in it, The manager rotated the tierod, and said it was bad. They all rotate even when new. I have done all my front end work for years, and I know my cars intimately. All shops rely on people who do not know anything about their cars to make a bigger ticket. It is sad that they prey on the ignorant, but that is what they are taught. I applied to a parts store for a job about 10 years ago, and they asked what I would sell someone for a tune-up. I answered that most newer cars only need "cap, rotor, plug wires, and spark plugs. The interviewer asked what else I would include. I do not know what else could be needed on a newer car. Some do not have caps and rotors any more. All businesses want to make as much money as possible, and will sell you whatever they can, even if you do not need it.
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