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    aucsxm is offline Junior Member 510 points
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    Henry the mechanic ? Is he an honest, good mechanic ???

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    I have been one of Henry's customers for over one year now and have recommended him to countless students. I noticed over time that his prices kept going up and up and the justification of his costs getting shadier and shadier. However, for lack of a better mechanic (or ANY other mechanic for that matter), I continued to call on his services. Today, he dropped off my car and charged me $150 to fix a power-steering fluid leak. I asked him what the cost of the parts was and he told that he didn't have the receipts, but that they were around me $50. I asked him what the $100 difference was for and he could not give me a straight answer. There is no way his labor cost was $100 to fix a leak. He insisted on the $150, so I gave it to him without causing much of a stir. I made it clear to him that I was unhappy and that I felt as though I was ripped off.

    I only have 2 months left here and this will probably be the last time that I need him. However, I thought I would throw my thoughts out there to see if anybody else has similar thoughts or a suggestion for another mechanic that has proven to be good. I don't belive in rewarding somebody with business when he/she tries to take advantage of me or my friends. I'm curious to see if this is an isolated incident, or if other people feel that they have also been ripped off.

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    Very sad.

    I used him as my mechanic while I was on the island, too. He was very reasonable at first, but I felt towards the end of my 2 years there that he was not as... I dunno... hard to explain. Let's just say I thought he wasn't as perfect as when I first met him.

    Good guy, but maybe he's letting the dollars go to his head, like so many people do when they have a good thing going. It's possible.
    bleh

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    i never used the guy. i inquired once about an oil and filter change, but he wanted $45 and im not that stupid. never called the guy again.

    i ended up buying the oil and filter on my own. i then took the car to a place next to ace and they would do the job for me for $10.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aucsxm
    I have been one of Henry's customers for over one year now and have recommended him to countless students. I noticed over time that his prices kept going up and up and the justification of his costs getting shadier and shadier. However, for lack of a better mechanic (or ANY other mechanic for that matter), I continued to call on his services. Today, he dropped off my car and charged me $150 to fix a power-steering fluid leak. I asked him what the cost of the parts was and he told that he didn't have the receipts, but that they were around me $50. I asked him what the $100 difference was for and he could not give me a straight answer. There is no way his labor cost was $100 to fix a leak. He insisted on the $150, so I gave it to him without causing much of a stir. I made it clear to him that I was unhappy and that I felt as though I was ripped off.

    I only have 2 months left here and this will probably be the last time that I need him. However, I thought I would throw my thoughts out there to see if anybody else has similar thoughts or a suggestion for another mechanic that has proven to be good. I don't belive in rewarding somebody with business when he/she tries to take advantage of me or my friends. I'm curious to see if this is an isolated incident, or if other people feel that they have also been ripped off.
    He wanted to charge me 175 labor and 150 for parts to replace a set of four brake pads, two rotors, and oil. He was paid for the parts which I saw an invoice for, but I tried to haggle with him on the cost of labor because it was a relatively easy job. He said 175 or nothing, so I gave him nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott1981
    i never used the guy. i inquired once about an oil and filter change, but he wanted $45 and im not that stupid. never called the guy again.

    i ended up buying the oil and filter on my own. i then took the car to a place next to ace and they would do the job for me for $10.
    i asked him to diagnose what the problem was with the car b/c it didn't start well, went ahead and changed the sparkplugs (which looked relatively simple to me, and i'm a girl), charged $50. the car still didn't start. said he didn't know what was wrong, but since the parts are already replaced, money needed to be paid. needless to say, no more Henry for me.

    btw, if anyone needs to do a basic oil change for their car, there's a mechanic guy working at the sunshine car rental place, really nice guy. all i needed to do was getting the oil & filter, he did the rest, free of charge.

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    i've used Joshua at Concorde car rental in Cole Bay (you take a right just before the peking supermarket thing, up a dirt road towards a pentecostal church) His prices are tolerable. I'm still so stunned by how much everything costs here that I dont even haggle with prices. and, i always write down what i want them to fix,(easy words only) as they have a tendency to forget half the stuff i tell them. then i rent one of their 25 dollar a day cars while they have mine. anyhow, joshua and his sidekick are agreeable people and are resourceful. One of my hood hinges had rusted through, so they just welded on some great big metal door hinges to the outside of the hood, which was fine with me. That's what I love about island cars. So what if they look like crap.

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    you guys are gonna be doctors and will face the same questions for patients.. so exactly why does it cost $75 for a doc to see a patient to try and diagnose a problem evenm if the diagnosis is wrong?

    i was a hyundai mechanic while in high school and it was tough work...those fancy computers were wrong half the time so the same way yo do in medicine you have a differential list for the girl with the staring problem:

    electrical: simplest and cheapest is a basic tune up (plugs wires), $25 in parts and about 30min to an hour of labor. next up are ignition control module ($100+), coil ($10-300) and a gambit of sensors...(crankshaft position, temp, coolant, air charge, iddle air control, throttle position, etc)

    fuel: fuel filter ($10-60), fuel pump ($20-600), leak in a line ($ ??) etc


    Air: airl filter ($5-50), throttle plate is stuck, one of the varios sensors from above.

    so maybe the guy is shady, but you guys will be very similar to a mechanic later on trying to justify getting paid for work you did if there is no diagnosis or if your patient is still sick or died....

    mechanics is hard work, thats partly why i went back to school... so while a set of brake pads and rotors may seem simple enough many cars are a real pain in the rear to do, the rotors can be part of the hub so you gotta take the entire assembly off, repack with grease, they are HEAVY to maneuver, the brake lines are sometimes too short... and so on...in other words worth $80 for me not to do it....

    just remember this when you have a patient complaing about all the tests you have to do...hehe
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    I'll try to keep that in mind when the mechanic charges me $70 an hour for labor, and then inflates the labor on a job. Like charging a quarter-hour for swapping out a rotor on brakes that are already disassembled....<sigh> Even I know how stupid that is.

    And the doc who charged me $150 last month for a well-baby check for my 9-month-old son. Jeez.... gotta love being a poor student.

    I think the point is that Henry appears to be moving toward charging US labor prices, when the standard Sint Maarten salary is quite a bit lower.
    bleh

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    funny

    Quote Originally Posted by tRmedic21
    I'll try to keep that in mind when the mechanic charges me $70 an hour for labor, and then inflates the labor on a job. Like charging a quarter-hour for swapping out a rotor on brakes that are already disassembled....<sigh> Even I know how stupid that is.

    And the doc who charged me $150 last month for a well-baby check for my 9-month-old son. Jeez.... gotta love being a poor student.

    I think the point is that Henry appears to be moving toward charging US labor prices, when the standard Sint Maarten salary is quite a bit lower.
    also keep it in mind when you pay that $150 that the insurance company gets a "group" rate and probably pays $10 for the same thing....
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    Quote Originally Posted by rrod
    also keep it in mind when you pay that $150 that the insurance company gets a "group" rate and probably pays $10 for the same thing....
    Let's not deviate from the subject here that H tries to represent himself as a mechanic and charges rates that would be expensive for a first class auto shop.

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