Re: A sad state of affairs
It's called "Greed" and it permeates every facet of life. I had a similar
experience with an RCA TV. (Buy RCA, American made quality) Had to have the
pins in the power supply re-soldered. (A common problem) The guy I bought it
from is also a tech and I usually have him work on my stuff, but he was
unavailable. I took it to a shop and they charged me $350.00. When I finally
made contact with my friend, he told me it was a common problem and a 1/2
hour job. The shop ripped me off big time. The TV lasted less than another
year. When it went out, I s**t canned it and bought a Sony.
Anymore, it's not what is fair and reasonable, it's what is the maximum I
can get away with charging. Body and fender work in no different. The last
place you want to take it is to a collision repair specialist. Most of these
shops are too busy ripping off insurance companies, which in turn, pass the
rip-off to the clients (Us) in the form of higher rates.
"SVTKate" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> "Ken Zwyers" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> : Unfortunately, we've become a disposable society in so many ways. When
> : the last time anyone had their TV repaired? It costs less to get a new
> : than to get it fixed.
> I had a stereo repaired several years ago, cost half as much to have it
> fixed as to replace it.
> Later I learned that all the guy had to do was to remove the outer cover
> clean the dang eye on the CD player. Really torqued me, at $125.
> The other major thing I see, since I AM the type to fix things, is the
> unavailability of parts.
> In the case of this car, the pieces that have rotted sound like they also
> hold windows. Fabricating sheet metal to fit that space and still be
> is damn near impossible for the common guy, There are complex curves and
> angles that have got to be right. The investment in equipment (presses and
> welders) alone would be phenominal, just so you could get the right curves
> and angles for the windows to mount on without popping them.
> As for other things, like alternators.
> Where I lve, you can't find simple food items, like a Tri Tip. Imagine if
> tried to find brushes for an alternator.
> We drove 60 miles the other day (just abouve Mississippi) to a wrecking
> for a damn tail light for our pickup. (hubs bumped a pole) As it turned
> several things decided to take a dump on the truck last week, so we got a
> lock actuator, the lens and a vacuum pump. $100 for the lot.
> There is NOTHING here that you can get without it being a hassle. When you
> call wrecking yards, they all send you to the dealership and have what
> appears to be no central locator.
> HOW ABOUT - find one at a wrecking yard that is NOT rusted, and have them
> cut the sections you need. Common practise and then you could get a shop
> fix it for you.
> It would be a search, but you might find soemthing. Prolly one that did
> have vinyl.