8. Not grouping repairs when calculating labor
There are some parts, like the water pump, that aren’t always easy to get to, which means removing other parts to get to the one in question. If some of those other parts are old or showing obvious signs of wear, changing them out at the same time makes sense. What doesn’t make sense, though, is charging you again for the labor on that other part when it was already part of the procedure for the first piece.
If the estimate doesn’t list out exactly where each labor charge is coming from, that could be a red flag, and it might be worth asking the mechanic about it -- or asking a different mechanic entirely.
Aaron Miller is the Rides editor for Supercompressor, and can be found on Twitter. He's seen good mechanics, and he's seen bad ones. He counts the good ones as friends.
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