The ‘Check Engine Light’ is often referred to as ‘Please Overcharge Me Light.’
Mechanics know you have NO IDEA why the light came on. Unless you spend $300+ on one special diagnostic tool and have access to the correct DTC Code Book, the chances of you knowing exactly what's wrong decreases. This lack of knowledge makes it EASY for them to jack up your bill with unnecessary repairs and labor.
Scammy Opportunity #2: ‘Tune Ups & Maintenance’
Tune ups and maintenance vary and are dependent on your car’s make, model, and mileage. So, not every ‘tune up’ is the same, especially in the hands of a mechanic looking to put the squeeze on your wallet.
By checking your car’s manual or Google searching it’s maintenance requirements. Go into the shop with the knowledge of knowing what needs to be done. Otherwise, a quick 1 hour tune up turns into an overnight stay and a massive bill for parts & labor that you didn’t actually need.
Scammy Opportunity #3: The Flush
Auto shops & mechanics actually lose money on $20-$30 oil changes. It's what they call a loss leader.
Isn't it strange that when you go in for an oil change you don’t even have a chance to tell the mechanic the problem before he's already rattling off a list of “flushes and fluid changes” that are deemed critically important? He may spit out coolant flush, transmission flush, brake fluid flush, or power steering flush. The list goes on.
Industry circles know this sneaky tactic as “The Flush” and now you know why. Sadly, the same can be said for the yearly emissions test. It’s just another tactic to add on unnecessary costs and maximize their profits.
So How Do I Avoid Getting Ripped Off!
When was the last time you looked under your hood? Today's engines are ridiculously complicated, with so many delicate sensors, specialized tools and specific requirements. Not everyone has time for that!
No problem, thanks to a powerful little device called ECOFIX. Now, that mind boggling complicated car is relatively easy for you to understand.