You don't get it. Your vehicle is almost 16 years old with 240K on the clock. There is metal fatigue you can't even see. Things can happen. It's not a classic...it's a almost 16 year old car. You need to fix your own car because dealers cannot get OEM parts for your car anyway. They will buy the parts from the same places you can. Your desire to buy and work on newer cars is quite evident from the vehicles you own. I guess dealers don't even need you to purchase cars from them. BTW-every car that's 15 years old in New York has some sort of rust that may not be obvious-you can count on that.
Originally Posted By: Tzu
I'm relaxed and open minded now. People are so quick to pounce on me because I was finding it incredible coincidental that this just happened within 80 feet on the dealer's lot. I could have driven 1 mile away and the same could have happened to me? Maybe nothing for another 20k miles? Who knows...Then I would have praised the dealer and had a different reaction altogether. Sure. I know it's an older car with miles on it. My rusty Camry went to an independent shop for a front end alignment last year, and I apologized for it being older, rusty, and with a 60,000 more miles than the Impala, and I honestly got the best alignment I've ever had. They had many reasons to just blow it off, say it's old and drool at the 2012 Malibu in for a tire rotation/ oil change. They impressed me and in retrospect, I should have went there instead. Next time I will. How can I get past the previous dealer diagnosing a bad transmission when I found a test and final solution off of Google? Maybe I just had a bad day, but still this makes me very nervous going to any dealer, Toyota included. My coupon for a free NYS inspection at a totally different Chevy dealer took over 2 hours 4 years ago with the same car again. A little excessive and annoying for me. I'll spend the $21 and be out in 20 minutes thank you. I'll just fix it at home for $20 and call it done. But to have people judge the condition of my car 2,000 miles away is funny. Not every car in New York State 15 years old is a rust bucket. My truck is the same age with 24,000 more miles. I guess I'm screwed? That one ain't ever going to a dealer. Mark my word.