Midas High Prices

I had a break line leakage, called midas and they said it would be $190 to replace brake line, hard to get to they said. After having a soft brake peddle I checked the fluid and noticed they didn’t change the brake line or any of the other brake lines that are so rusted they could go out any time. Instead, they lut off a 12″ section and added a new section with 2 fittings. The parts costs less than $10 and about 20 minutes work, for $190!

I called and complained about the soft peddle and mentioned the short peice of tubing they replaced the day before. They said to bring it in. They test drove it and then bled the lines again. He said it was making noise and wanted to check the rear brakes. I said go ahead, I just had you guys do all new brakes 6 months ago, so they couldn’t charge me again and now they had to check them. Couldn’t find anything wrong and so I am stuck with a soft peddle. Checking on lione it is likely a mater cylinder, which also is under warranty since they changed it there but not a word about that.

While sitting there, I wanted to tell others so bad. Some lady came in and said her car was starting funny. He went out to check it. I told her I just had the same problem and it was the battery. He came back in and said it was the battery. Asked if she wanted to buy one from them, which is really buying from napa/oriellys/autozone. He quoted her $120 for a 2 year battery, $20 to put in and $10 for tax, total $150. Now I just looked at batteries and the 2 year battery at walmart, main brand, was $78, and you get a $12 trade in. That’s $66 plus tax, about $70 total! (The 5 year battery was $75 at walmart + tax). So she paid about $80 for labor. I think walmart or other stores would have put it in for free. This was in Sterling IL.

So beware going to midas! Or any dealership, they’re worse.

About Dave Tackett

Dave Tackett is from Sterling Illinois. An avid fisherman since childhood, he has fished all over the Midwest, mainly the Mississippi River pools 8-19. His home waters are pools 13 & 14. After fishing Bass tournaments for many years, he gave it up to fish for Walleye year round. He now guides and fishes for fun. He likes to take photos of the scenic places he visits on the river and likes to keep a video camera running to get footage for his Walleye DVDs. Photography is now where he most of his time working, using professional DSLR cameras and lens. These photos include landscape around the Mississippi River and the Rock River, river birds like eagles heron, egrets etc.
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