For the longest time I have felt like I am getting ripped off by every mechanic that I visit. I have seen some of the worst behaviour, from lying about work they claim to do (and didn't do) to suggesting repairs and services that are not necessary. I could tell you so many stories, and the the worst is that I am very open about my hesitations when I pick a new mechanic. They nod and agree with me about how mechanics are lazy and don't do a very good job, then do the very same thing to me! I recently had dinner with a car mechanic teacher who agreed with me. He went even further to say ALL mechanics are 100% motivated to get the maximum amount of money out of their clients rather than actually help fix the car. Not only that, but that mechanics these days have had their training standards continuously dropped so that they don't even know how to properly fix anything that is broken. They basically just plug in a computer, change some fluids and filters, and that is it! Bit of a rant, but if you know anything about the industry or have some tips about picking a good mechanic, I would appreciate it.