So yeah, crap, my car broke down. My old mechanic who I really liked and trusted to be fair isn’t around any more, so I have to find a new mechanic.
It is so hard these days to find a mechanic that is honest and won’t try to upsell every small problem you have. You go in for an oil change, they give you a laundry list of problems they’ve discovered. You go in for a new tire and you leave with a tune up and new brakes. It gets expensive! Of course safety is an issue, it’s important that the tires and brakes work well, but who has that kind of money to plunk down unexpectedly?
I think I will ask friends and neighbors who they use and try to get a referral. That is usually better than picking a random garage out of the phone book. I used to count on big chain shops with name recognition, but the turnover of mechanics is so high that you really never know who is going to be doing the actual work on your car and whether they are any good. I would rather find one guy who owns his own shop or who has been a long time employee at a local shop so I can build a relationship with him and be able to trust his work.
Do you know anyone? I need a good one ASAP!