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socks and cat

$500 too much to replace hoses

Does anyone know a freelance mechanic in Seattle? I just paid $700 yesterday for an oil change, safety inspection and all new brakes. I don't mind it so much because I have used that mechanic for years and I really trust them. But they want another $500 to replace my 10 year old radiator and heater hoses. Obviously those hoses don't cost $500 so I know the cost is the hours of labor it will take to replace them all. And I know they have to charge that much for labor because a business has a lot of overhead. But I'm thinking a free lance mechanic won't have that kind of overhead and might be willing to do the job for less and still make a fair profit. Anyone know a mechanic looking for some work?


It's not 20 years old and I wasn't looking for a single guy's shop (more like a freelance guy without a shop or a guy who works at a shop but wants some freelance work onthe side). But I get the rest of your points so maybe I'll just go ahead and pay the $500.