The other day I noticed my brakes were making a squeeking noise. I knew I needed new brake pads but the number 1 rule of brakes or any car repair is never to go into a repair shop and tell them what you think is wrong with your car, because they will always find a bunch of more things wrong with your car and before you know it, you're taking out a 2nd on your home just to pay for all the repairs.
I went to "Discount Tires" to get my brakes looked at but when I saw their "Prices" on the Car Menu I couldn't resist.
The sign said, "Tire Rotation $4.95 per tire." I said to the guy behind the counter, "I'd like to rotate 1 tire for $4.95." He gave me a totally confused look. He then tried, unsucessfully, to describe why he couldn't rotate just 1 tire. I replied, "Well, if you can't rotate just 1 tire why do you charge per tire?" I asked, "Don't most people get all their tires rotated...why charge by the tire?"
Here's where it gets interesting...A little further down the price list they had "Brake Inspection - Free." In order for them to do a "Brake Inspection" they had to remove all the tires...so why couldn't they just shuffle the tires after the free brake inspection. I don't know...it doesn't matter.
Just as I suspected, by the time they were done with the "Free Brake Inspection" they found about $200 worth of "work I absolutely needed." I took their paper work and said, "Thanks but no thanks!"
I went and bought brake pads at the car parts store and Scott, Molly's finance, helped me install my new brakes and I saved a bundle and learned a valuable lesson. Be careful when people tell you about free "fill in the blanks"