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I just went off on someone who called…which I try not to do. But, seriously, use your brains.
Caller: “My car just broke down, nearby. It’s a 1996 Buick Century. I think it needs a fuel pump; approximately, how much would that be?
Me (in an irritated voice): “Don’t call around, asking for prices on a repair that you have no idea is a correct diagnosis. Someone will tell you $500 on the phone; and you may only need a relay. Then, they’ll charge you $500 anyway, because they already gave you a price. Call around and find a mechanic you trust, instead.”
Caller: “Oh, ok.” Click.
It was harsh, on my part; but I get this type of call all the time. And it is the exact wrong thing to do. Instead of finding the cheapest job around, try to find the correct job by a reputable technician.