Re: The Midas touch
I wasn't reasoning, I was giving you direct knowledge from my experience
working for one of those companies as a regional manager for 13 years.
"tom" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> while your reasoning may be true or false, a "loaded caliper" is cheaper
> than buying the pads and caliper separate
> "Spdloader" <email@example.com> wrote in message
>> What most people forget, is that you have a choice to say no, buy the
>> and do it yourself, as the OP did here.
>> Midas, Monro, Pep Boys, Meineke, and a host of others all now subscribe
>> MAP, a set of rules that they must go by in order to be accredited, that
>> simply states they must tell you what they find. It doesn't keep them all
>> honest, but most basically are honest guys just trying to make a living,
>> doing it on commission.
>> Most people perceive it to be a load of salesmanship, and in some cases
>> is. But, if they see something in your brakes that is dangerous, and
>> tell you, then you have an accident, they can be liable for not bringing
>> to your attention, and get sued.
>> It is a catch 22 for them.
>> The price they gave you, while high initially, was for "loaded" calipers.
>> That included a complete caliper with pads and hardware. It would have
>> with a lifetime warranty, including labor. If you plan on keeping your
>> and driving it for a long while, it would have been much cheaper in the
>> run, but not in the short term. Everytime you wear out your pads, you get
>> the complete caliper all over again, as long as you own the truck.
>> Just my .02 c
>> "JimV" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>> > Doctor John wrote:
>> >> This may be of interest - I went to Midas for brake pads on my F350
>> >> because they were going to charge me $180 for installed semi-metallics
>> >> all 4 wheels and for the extra 60-80 bucks beyond what it would have
>> >> me to do it, it was worth it (the truck has dual rear tires and a dump
>> >> bed - it won't fit in my garage and I wasn't looking forward to
>> >> around in my dirt driveway). The Midas mechanic took the whole thing
>> >> apart and told me I need calipers all the way around - I looked it
>> >> over
>> >> and probably it does need rear calipers. The bill went to $1100 not
>> >> including turning the rotors. After I was resuscitated they put it
>> >> back
>> >> together (no charge), I drove out of there and ordered the parts from
>> >> NAPA for about $450 for premium pads and rebuilt calipers for all
>> >> Soon I'll be crawling around in the dirt doing a brake job, but I'm
>> >> saving over $600. Midas may be worth it for a simple pad swap, but
>> >> do charge a bit for replacement hardware.
>> >> John
>> > That's what they do. They loss lead the pad swap figuring most will
>> > need
>> > more, higher margin, parts.