Here's an anecdote for the Community. I needed a simple pcv valve and hose for my old Toyota this week. So, I visited my local Toyota dealer's service department (mostly out of curiosity) and learned…
Here's an anecdote for the Community. I needed a simple pcv valve and hose for my old Toyota this week. So, I visited my local Toyota dealer's service department (mostly out of curiosity) and learned the cost is around $100 parts/labor, plus taxes and fees. Then, I walked over to their parts department and they quoted me around $35 for the parts alone. I asked for the part numbers, thanked them, left, and went straight to eBay where I found the same genuine new parts for $15. The next day, I went to Autozone and purchased a good quality Duralast pcv valve for $2. They were short on hoses, so I drove up the street to a small, independent mom and pop auto parts store and bought a good quality Continental hose for a whopping 85 cents. After a tremendously strenuous (not!) 15 minutes of labor, I was enjoying my $2.85 repair and pondering what I might do with the $97 I saved.
Learn about your machines folks. Listen to Scotty and his unvarnished wisdom. You won't find many honest and ethical mechanics around. The entire car industry is a thirsty vampire preying on your ignorance and bleeding your wallets dry. It's not a coincidence that Cox Automotive owns Autotrader which owns Kelly Blue Book. The fox is literally guarding the hen house, and it's all around us. Like Morpheus, Scotty is simply unplugging us from the Matrix. As Neo learned, the reason his eyes hurt...is because he'd never actually used them before :-/