How hard is it to fix a tire? Pretty hard here in the OC. Why? Because the only repair shops that have front end alignment machines are either ridiculously high in price or crooked.
I just spent an hour making phone calls trying to wrangle a front end alignment for my mother's car from one place so I could get tires from one of the few places that I trust here. There are only three of them, none of which have alignment machines.
The reason behind all of this is because of living in a small town. We know the guy the owns and runs the biggest auto repair/tire shop in the OC. Unfortunately, his prices are so high that you would think they are using solid gold tools and silk oil rags.
So now I have to get a front end alignment from them at 8 a.m. for 50 bucks, if I'm lucky. I just found out that the tires at the place I trust aren't going to be here until 2 p.m. tomorrow, but I guess it's not a big deal since it's going to get done.
You know, you see Dateline and other news outlets do stories on auto repair shops putting the screws to their customers, but they are always in big cities. But it is just as bad here in a small town. There are only two full service auto repair shops here that I trust and only one place that I trust for exhaust work and tires. It's insane.
Besides the shop with the terribly high prices, the other big repair shop literally tried to rob me blind of over $300. They said they needed parts and two and half hours of labor to fix a problem that my buddies at the one exhaust shop I trust fixed for FREE!
And I'm not saying they fixed it for free as in they had the parts layin' around and did me a big favor. They took about three inches of hose, snipped it in half, got under my Jeep and three minutes later it was fixed.
It always sucks when you have to get work done on your vehicle, but it really sucks when it's hard to find an honest mechanic.