I have two mechanics. My main mechanic is a friend of my mom's, he's great, but often very busy. My second mechanic is a friend I made a temp job, she's fantastic, but also works at a garage and can get busy at times. So when Mechanic A and Mechanic B aren't available I have a local shop I go to. They're awesome. They're a little pricier then other shops in the area, anywhere else an oil change will run me between $20-$25, they usually are $35, in less I have a coupon (and I usually have a coupon). I go to them because they're honest, fair, they explain things to me without talking down to me and they simply are good at what they do. I send everyone I know to them with the explanation that "They're great, they are a little on the pricey side, but they won't try to sell to you. If they tell you need to get something done, you need to get it done".
Well one day I needed an oil change. A and B were out, B was out of town and A was very busy. The shop was also pretty busy and didn't think they could squeeze me in. No big deal. It's an oil change, there's only one place I won't go to for an oil change (a tire shop that managed to screw up an alignment, then deny it was an alignment problem and tried to get me to pay thousands of dollars for work I didn't need that wouldn't fix the problem). So I grab a cuopon I've gotten for a AAA oil change. It's AAA I think, they know what they're doing. And they did, they didn't break anything at all. However they assumed that because I was born female I barely know how to turn my car on.
When I go up to pay they say "Well missy, you gotta a lot of work that needs to be done", really? Cause three separate mechanics say otherwise. "First, your driver's side brake light is out", oh I didn't know that, ok no big deal lights go out easy enough for me to fix. "Second, your passenger blinker is gonna go soon, it's blinking really fast", yes, that I knew and also knew it was an indication my light would go soon, I'll get that when I get my brake light fixed. "Third, looks like somehow a plastic got wrapped around you *I cannot remember what he said!!*, you gotta get that fixed right away or it'll cause problems. Probably happened when you were at a mall, I know you women love shopping!", that was necessary because? "And finally, you got a big ol' crack in your windshield. Now you might now this, but it's not gonna fix itself"....seriously? Cracked windshields don't fix themselves? I had no idea. Also I don't think that needed to be on the report, it was pretty obvious I'd already seen it (and made an appointment to have it fixed the following day with a glass place), but obviously they were trying to up sell me. When I asked him for a printed list of these problems to look over he says "Well, sure, I guess you gotta discuss it with your husband or dad, huh? Whoever the man in your life is" to which I said "No, my licensed mechanic, she's fantastic".
I took the car to the regular shop for the bag issue, they handled it very quickly and charged me nothing. In fact the guy remarked he couldn't believe they didn't just take it off when they were doing the oil change. And I went to my preferred parts store and got the needed lights. And then never ever ever went back to get an oil change from that AAA shop. Somehow my car still drove even with all those big massive problems.