What I know about cars could be put in a fortune cookie.
That said, it would probably say, "Find a good mechanic that you can trust".
I had that mechanic with Leo Kraft at Kraft Auto for nearly 15 years. When he had the audacity to retire after only 37 years in business, I congratulated him, gave him a good bottle of red wine, and the most pressing question, "So now where am I supposed to go?"
Mr. Kraft wasn't a big talker, but he didn't miss a beat, "Go see Paul at Broadway Automotive".
I don't judge businesses on the way they deal with the big stuff - this was a standard maintenance check on a 2008 Scion with 31k miles.
But l started to notice some things - were the tires catching as well as they could? shouldn't the steering wheel handle easier? when was I supposed to have the tires rotated? - that I didn't want to deal with and decided to put off (denial is not always the appropriate response, in case you're wondering).
So when Paul called me a couple of hours later with suggestions regarding all of these things (and especially the front brakes), I was a little surprised and more than a little relieved.
I'm sure some of them would have probably come up in a routine check, but the friendliness, thoroughness, and professional I experienced yesterday makes me sure that *if* anything major comes up, I will take it seriously, knowing that I can sit down with Paul or Reese and trust their judgement.
Just one thing: it's an incredibly (and deservedly) busy shop, so call and book ahead whenever you can.
Maybe it was a little more than I expected to pay