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post #1 of Old 01-24-2010, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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Stealership taking advantage of elderly people!

Nothing piss me off more than anything! Just like the title says, this dealership that my grandma goes for regular maintenance for her car, and they charged her nearly 250 just to replace spark plugs I almost went down there and rip them a new butt hole but unfortunately it happened weeks ago. I told my grandma just let me do it and it is free
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post #2 of Old 01-24-2010, 10:53 PM
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My grandparents bring their new Accord to the dealership for nearly everything. My grandfather is really old. He is still in the mindset of "Why wouldn't I trust what the salesmen said?" Back in the whatever it was, 50s, 60s, so on, when you could actually trust what people told you, thats where he is still living. I'd love to help them out, and I do every chance I get. But its just not worth it when it comes to vehicles. They are both retired, the vehicle is under warranty, and to be perfectly honest it gives them something to do.
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post #3 of Old 01-24-2010, 11:05 PM
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post #4 of Old 01-24-2010, 11:39 PM
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My elderly aunt has an older Pontiac Bonneville when a brake line rusted thru and broke she had it towed to the dealer like always. They told her that the car was junk it would cost thousands to fix and tried to sell her a new car. Needless to say a $5 line from Napa fixed it up. Two years later shes still driving the same car. 99% of those dealers are a bunch of crooks who figure we are all to stupid to know better.

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post #5 of Old 01-25-2010, 07:57 AM
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its not just the elderly, when i first got my jeep and didnt know any better i had a gas leak, and i parked in underground parking in a bad neighbourhood, so when they kicked me out of the parking lot i didnt know where to go besides the dealer... well they charged me $100 just to take a look at it, and then they came out with the list... " well, your gas tank is rusted (rusted wtf its a plastic tank?!?) your fuel lines are bad, they'll need to be replaced, and the mechanic said your fuel pump is about to die, he wouldnt even trust it to drive home"..." it will be $1400 and some change to fix it"

anyways, after politely saying **** you, i paid the 100 bucks, walked out and went back home to the mechanic i trusted... a 5 dollar o ring and 25 bucks labour i was good to go no more gas leak. and 2 years later i'm still driving on the fuel pump the mechanic wouldnt drive home with.
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post #6 of Old 01-25-2010, 08:30 PM
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i paid the 100 bucks, walked out and went back home to the mechanic i trusted... a 5 dollar o ring and 25 bucks labour i was good to go no more gas leak. and 2 years later i'm still driving on the fuel pump the mechanic wouldnt drive home with.
Not to hijack the thread, but where was that o-ring that fixed your gas leak?
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post #7 of Old 01-25-2010, 10:19 PM
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Not to hijack the thread, but where was that o-ring that fixed your gas leak?
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post #8 of Old 01-25-2010, 10:23 PM
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I hate to burst your bubble but $250 is probably what the dealership (and most mechanics) would charge anyone to change a set of spark plugs. Labor rates are at least $80/hr.

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post #9 of Old 01-25-2010, 11:03 PM
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I went to the dealer to see how much a cowel seal would be... $216 dollars? The guy even showed me a picture to make sure it was the right thing and it was. I told the guy that it is like $30 on Quadratec, then he even asked me if I wanted to order.
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Autozone wanted $46.00 for a spindle nut! Schucks had a PAIR of them for under $6.00.

I have NEVER gone to the dealership though.
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post #11 of Old 01-26-2010, 12:22 AM
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I hate to burst your bubble but $250 is probably what the dealership (and most mechanics) would charge anyone to change a set of spark plugs. Labor rates are at least $80/hr.
So $80 HR for a 1 hour job, including a beer break is 80 bucks, what about the other $170? Spark plugs dont cost 170 bucks.

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So $80 HR for a 1 hour job, including a beer break is 80 bucks, what about the other $170? Spark plugs dont cost 170 bucks.
They are special Gold plated uranium plugs, that have been blessed by a rabbi and priest.

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So $80 HR for a 1 hour job, including a beer break is 80 bucks, what about the other $170? Spark plugs dont cost 170 bucks.
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They are special Gold plated uranium plugs, that have been blessed by a rabbi and priest.
Flux-Capacitor Spark Plugs aren't cheap buddy!

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They are special Gold plated uranium plugs, that have been blessed by a rabbi and priest.
It's the shipping. They have to get Uranium from Uranus!

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So $80 HR for a 1 hour job, including a beer break is 80 bucks, what about the other $170? Spark plugs dont cost 170 bucks.
lol. Not all cars "only" take an hour to change plugs.

Go find a Z34 Lumina, change the plugs in it, and get back to ThunderbirdJunkie on how good a deal $250 is
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