I had a good relationship with a mechanic whose shop is a 10-minute walk from my front door. I initially went there for convenience more than 15 years ago, and came to trust him completely with all things automotive (there have been instances where an issue was a quick fix and he didn’t charge me anything).
So when my vehicle died on the road a few months back, I had it towed there only to learn that my man (who was the owner) had retired and sold the shop. The day my car crapped out was literally the new owner’s First Day of ownership.
Long story short, he fixed the problem but I don’t feel good about it. I was caught betwixt a rock and a hard place, and the bill seemed way too steep to me. And I did not receive a satisfying response with regard to the cost.
Anyway, I think I found a new shop. My other vehicle had a loud rattling noise from the exhaust. I found a place with excellent Yelp reviews and brought it there. I braced myself for needing an entire exhaust system, but the mechanic called me this morning (they are open 7 days a week, woot!) and said it was only an exhaust pipe hanger that I needed. Cost: 30 clams.
How about you. Do you have a guy?
(and as I typed that last sentence I got a Déjà Vu vibe. Maybe I’ve posted this before. Oh well.)