Tuesday, December 29, 2015 -( -12˚C / +10˚F & Snowing here in Atlantic Canada @ 2:15 pm )-
We needed new brake pads and rotors to pass inspection this year and today was Cathi’s best chance to get the work done and the inspection taken care of. Luckily, the rotors cost about 1/10th of what Monroe Muffler’s extortionists wanted to charge for Bronco II rotors in Ithaca, New York in 1990. —> Beware of mechanics who depend on the money they get from ‘commission’ on sales of parts you don’t need in order to feed their families. Even worse, beware of ice-holes who scheme and plot the planned obsolescence that insures you need to replace parts before they would ordinarily wear out. Monroe Muffler’s slogan “We don’t fix what ain’t broken” is misleading. They replace what ain’t broken. Cathi doesn’t think they could get away with that kind of unethical practice up here, but mechanics at the Canadian Tire store in Arnprior, Ontario pull that kind of ‘bull-chips’ all the time. — You don’t want to be anywhere near anybody who makes a living by cheating honest people when those chips hit the fan. I’m hoping we found the most honest mechanics in the area. The most honest mechanic I know in the Ithaca, New York area was told to tell the proud owner of a brand new Volkswagen Rabbit that she needed $300.++ (plus) of engine work when her problem was a loose vacuum hose. When he told his boss he couldn’t lie like that the boss told him, “If you want a job here, you will do exactly as I told you to do-” So he connected the vacuum hose, drove the Rabbit out of the bay, handed the woman her keys and told her to go home and look for an honest mechanic, – grabbed his tools and went home. Instead of making $34.00 an hour as a mechanic he was making $125.00 a week before taxes and expenses delivering newspapers for a dishonest newspaper publisher.
I’ve got more horror stories, but I’ll save those for later.
Today did not give us another horror story like that.
— We did good – and I got a Christmas Card from my favourite Colorado relatives when I checked the mail box a couple minutes after taking the last photo above. 🙂