Tag: scams

13 Posts

Car Dealers Have to Improve the Service Experience
Aug 08, 2019

Bait and Switch: Car Dealers Have to Improve the Service Experience

Jim Motavalli

Horror stories from the shop floor, and a questionable case history.

scams mechanics

can a special oil drainage plug keep engine oil from getting discolored
Aug 23, 2016

'Magic' Oil Plug Comprised Mostly of Snake Oil

Dear Car Talk

Did a $5 widget sold in the 1950's actually keep oil clean, or did it just clean out wallets?

oil oil changes scams myths

Jun 09, 2015

Beware Masquerading Flood-Damaged Cars From Texas

Jim Motavalli

The used-car market is at risk of inundation from prettied up cars that were underwater during the big Lone Star storms.

scams used cars

Saturn L100 fails smog test
Feb 26, 2015

Why Won't Car Pass Inspection?

Dear Car Talk

Nadine's son's car won't pass the smog inspection until he gets a new catalytic converter. Car Talk thinks someone pulled a fast one on him when he bought the car. 

catalytic converters scams

Jul 05, 2012

Most Bogus Auto Repair?

Staff Blog

What's the most boooogus repair you've heard of? Tell us!


How to handle a dishonest mechanic
Jul 01, 2009

Today: how to handle a dishonest mechanic.

Dear Car Talk

I took my car in because the air conditioner wasn't blowing cold air. I was told there was a leak in the high-pressure hose and it needed to be replaced. Well, 250 dollars later, I had cool air again ... for a...

scams mechanics

Oct 01, 2008

Was Mike on the verge of losing a boat payment to a crooked dealership? Find out.

Dear Car Talk

We have a 2001 Honda Civic that was just serviced at the dealership for its routine 90,000-mile service. During the checkup, they strenuously suggested that we replace the front-end lower ball joints, as they were worn out and had too much...

dealers scams

Feb 01, 2007

Federico got taken for a ride-- by his local repair shop. Find out how you can avoid the same trap.

Dear Car Talk

We purchased a new 2005 Jeep Liberty for our daughter last year and have faithfully taken it in to the dealership where we bought it for routine maintenance. At the time of the last maintenance checkup (11,784 miles), the repair shop performed...

mechanics scams

Jun 01, 1998

Having regret over disconnecting an odometer cable to adhere to lease terms. What can I do to make it up to the dealer?

Dear Car Talk

Help I think I'm in deep doo-doo The two-year lease on my Jeep Cherokee is about to expire I did the unthinkable I unhooked the odometer cable at the transmission But after miles my conscience won out and I reconnected...

odometers scams ethics

Mar 01, 1998

A reader lets us know about a new car related money-making scheme...er, scam.

Dear Car Talk

Here's a story I think most people should know about I went to the doctor's office to seek help for a sinus infection the other day I parked my ' Jeep Cherokee on the street When I got done the...