Specialists are a sign of the times. Doctors, nurses, dentists, even auto maintenance and repair are fields which have their own specialists. Get your muffler fixed one place and go to another franchise for tires. Go to some other franchise for oil change and another one to fix the brakes.
Whatever happened to mechanics who knew everything about cars and could fix it all? Consider this scenario.
You go to a quick lube franchise for an oil change. You also noticed something strange with the brakes and ask them if they can check that out, too. But they can’t because they only do oil changes. So you go to another franchise that fixes brakes.
An honest mechanic at the brake place tightens something on the brakes and says that is all you need on the brakes, but he noticed there was some transmission fluid leaking. So you ask if he can fix it. But he cannot fix it because he only does brakes. He can’t even tell you if it is serious or not.
So you drive on to a shop that fixes transmissions. But the guys at the transmission shop are not as honest and helpful as the guy at the brake shop and they see just another customer with a lot of money. So they tell him that it will cost a lot of his money to fix the transmission leak. This may be true, or maybe it’s a leak easily fixable, but the mechanics at this place plan to take their time and bilk it for all it’s worth. They already know you won’t be back later.
You could have gone to one shop for all these repairs and maintenance. Instead you spent your time driving around to different franchises, waiting for estimates, waiting while repairs were done, waiting while mechanics that didn’t even know your car were fooling around trying to figure out what was where. You may be wasting your time, but you pay for their time.
Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to take the car to only one place, have all the repairs done at once for an honest and fair price in a timely manner by people who want to help you so that you will return when you need something else done to your car? Auto repair shops like this do exist. Usually they are family owned, and have been in business for quite a long time.
You find such a repair shop by asking others where they return to. A shop where customers keep coming back for all standard maintenance and repairs when they need them is the place to go. You could have dropped your car off and taken the bus or gotten a ride with a friend. They’ll call you with the information about what work needs to be done and the costs. And when you picked it up later in the day you would have spent only the time taken to drop off and pick up the car, instead of all day or more driving from franchise to franchise. And probably saved a lot on the repair bill, too.