Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Cape Girardeau, MO
My Ride: little mopars
Engine: 2.0 T (DSM), 2 x 2.5 TBI, 2.2 T1, 2.2 T2, 5.2 Mag
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Re: Car possibly held hostage by garage... help!
Any half decent shop would have offered an estimate and would contact the owner as soon as it's obvious that the estimate won't be met (at least within 10% or so). Get approval for more money or push it out. Frankly, most decent shops wouldn't even take on a job like this. Too much to go wrong on a car that old, too hard to find parts, liability if homemade parts fail (rack bushings) or even remotely related to a failure. Any real shop would have wanted money up front if they expected a bill anywhere near $8000. I can't imagine any shop owner getting that deep in a car, even if it was newer and more valuable. Something is fishy or the shop just sucks. If you a person has an interest in restoring/modifiying cars, they better learn to do some work themselves. As far as all shops being dishonest, I can say that many are but some are not. Many are just incompetent though, so finding one that is both competent and honest can be a challenge. Don't expect the work to be cheap if you find one that is both competent and honest because they're not making the extra money screwing people over and hiring cheap techs. Just finished fixing a buddy's van today. Had an interior water leak from evap core condensation. Tire shop wanted $1000 to replace complete HVAC assembly after already spending $500 to fix it. Problem developed after they did some related work. I did some inspection/investigation, cleaning, drilled a couple extra drain holes. Problem solved in a few hours. Crap happens all the time.