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March 27, 2008



Oh geez, that sucks!


I feel ya, kiddo. I've lived downtown for five years and have been commuting to the suburbs for four of them just to work in a cubicle and fulfill someone else's dream. It makes no sense and I often want to quit because I totally hate driving there every morning. The only silver lining is that I don't hit rush hour traffic because I'm going out of the city, oh, and I suppose I should be thankful that I have a decent job.

Hopefully one day both of us can live out our passions while working someplace cool in the city. I'll keep my fingers crossed for the both of us. :) Until then, good luck with the wheels.


I know what you mean about being able to bike to work. I used to work off of Wells and Water and I would often times just walk or bike to get to work. Even though the streets can be ungodly busy with traffic it is still nice to be able to get in some exercise and save a few bucks here and there. Which reminds me...I need to find a job in the city :/


Why not take the bus?


At my husband's shop = Front and Rear Brakes would be about $450.00.

Pads only are about $150.00's.

Are they doing caliper, hoses a whole new break system? emergency Brakes? What the heck are you getting for $900.00?


My husband and I carpool to the suburbs because we work so close together, but I totally miss working downtown. We both used to work downtown and it was great because he would take our moped to work. Now, not so much.


"Why not take the bus?"

Because I don't want to. If I could carpool like Julia, I would jump on that though.


To answer your question, let me take a look at the invoice...

Apparently, it was the whole shebang - replacement of the disc brake pads, brake rotors, brake shoe, and a standard front brake job, rear drum brake job, a healthy helping of brake fluid, and so on. (Plus, an oil change and tire rotation.)

Good times!


It's probably only salt in the wound, but $900 for a brake job is robbery, even looking at the influence. Who is this braggand? Let's run him out of town!


Woes me!

I never realized that I lived in a bubble! But, that would explain why I have no concept of costs relating to cars (obviously) and other things like real estate and insurance and furnishings and such.

I guess I should learn a thing or two about cars so I’m not swindled next time (if that be the case). Anyone care to give me a quick run down? Yeah, save your time. I'm hopeless... *sigh*

Instead, let's go burn the place down, Matt.


When you go to an auto repair shop, you should look around to see the certifications in the shop. An ASE certification is good, certified in all areas as a Master Mechanic is best. Check the better business bureau for the companies reputation. You can do that right on line.

Always ask for referrals and any good mechanic/place of business will show you the old parts or even offer that to you as an explanation when you pick up your vehicle. A lot depends on your car, number of miles and what you exactly need. My husband buys parts with really good warranties - that's another thing to ask about when you service your car.

Without looking at your vehicle, and actually knowing the year, make and model - it is kinda hard to say what you need. It is kinda like asking your doctor to diagnose your illness over the phone.

A second opinion is always good too!


A second opinion is definitely a good idea. Thanks for the tips!

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