I'd like to get some advice for anyone who's taken a car to a mechanic. It sounds like a no-brainer, but do most of you buy your own parts to save on the overall bill?
My car is due for a timing belt change now that I'm approaching 60k miles. I've found a nice small family/mom & pop dealership that seems to do well. Been there once and was impressed with their hospitality. I don't do dealerships for obvious reasons, and even the smaller chains are resorting to scare tactics with expensive quotes have started this with me after years of being a loyal customer.
So my plan was to buy a timing belt and water pump, which look inexpensive from shopping around. Getting work done without parts seem to run people anywhere between $600-over $1k I'm hoping that at least with the parts, I just pay for labor since there is a cost for parts.
They do allow you to buy your own oil for a discount on the change (though in the end it costs you slightly more) which most mechanics around here don't do. Only thing I'm paranoid if these mechanics might try to tell me my own parts won't work but so far they've were legit with me and my supervisor who recommended me to them.
I didn't find the right solution from the internet.
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