How do you politely refuse other unnecessary things you are told to fix, when you take your car for a simple job to a car mechanic?

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    "No, thanks." Repeat as often as necessary. (The impolite version is just "No.") – alephzero Jun 29 '19 at 15:02
  • @alephzero I should have added with minimal effort :) . – deolcarsolutions Jun 29 '19 at 15:06

You ask them to do exactly what you want. I suggest you listen as what they have to say may be good advise.

However, do remember that if what they advise you is safety related and they consider your car too dangerous, they can, and will, contact the police who have the power to take your car off the road. The cost of this will be at your expense...

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  • My wife also had a shop service her brakes (job was replacing pads) and then they took the liberty of changing a rotor and insisted we pay. I had checked the brakes out and knew nothing else was needed, so I just told them to undo any work that was not approved of first. Annoying because it ended up keeping the car in the shop an extra day. I've since told my wife to tell the shop up front "I need this. Anything else I need to approve before hand." it generally works. – kyle_engineer Jul 1 '19 at 17:43
  • @kyle_engineer I work with a couple of mechanics that I have known for 30 plus years, we discuss the job, probable price and they phone if extra work or parts are needed. Either I am there doing bits or I get to see the parts that came off (and I know which bits fit my car... so they don’t show me any old bit, just in case you think of that old chestnut...) So I know the quality of service I get... I also still sort electrical issues - ones that have had them stumped for a while so I am lucky I guess... – Solar Mike Jul 1 '19 at 17:58
  • Yeah. Finding a good mechanic is lucky. I've got a few now. But some of the mainstream shops are just a pain to deal with sometimes. – kyle_engineer Jul 1 '19 at 18:02
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    @kyle_engineer glad you have a couple as well, the confidence of driving a car that has been correctly sorted is paramount. – Solar Mike Jul 1 '19 at 18:06
  • @kyle_engineer I had a mechanic look at a car we wanted fixed. He referred us to a structural engineer for additional assessment who then recommended further work. The first mechanic could not do the work suggested by the engineer because it has to be done by an independent one. The first mechanic who had set forth the entire thing, it turned out had made the suggestion not because it was warranted but because he could just collect his fees and let the others do the work that was not required in the first place! – deolcarsolutions Jul 3 '19 at 22:44

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