Car Repair Scam Outed by Mechanic is a Lesson to Car Owners
Zip Tie Award Winners
Previously we’ve reported on car repair scams that vary widely from just plain bad repairs done with zip ties and duct tape, to one’s that required some complex electrical system manipulation fraud to ensure that a customer would have to return for additional repairs.
In today’s warning to car owners seeking help from a dealership for repairs or service, we have one example that (if such a thing existed) I believe would win this week’s Zip Tie Award for lazy car repair.
While some may argue that a bad repair is not the same thing as a deliberate scam, I would argue that anytime a customer is charged for a repair service that is one a mechanic would not be willing to show to his customers what was done and how much it costs, then it definitely qualifies as a scam.
That said, here is a recent video on the Car Wizard You Tube channel that shows what one dealership mechanic did to a 2020 Dodge Charger that developed a problem following installation of aftermarket exhaust system, that serves as a good demonstration of why you should ask the mechanic to show you what repair was done and how.
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Please Note: The actual scam can be picked up beginning at the 8-minute 30-second time point, everything before that is the Car Wizard extolling the performance of a V6 engine in these models.
Dealer does very questionable repairs on 2020 Charger GT!
We want to hear from you: If you have a “Zip Tie Award” contender story to share, let us know about it in the comments section below. Perhaps we can make this a real thing!
For additional articles about car scams, here are two selected articles about why “Ford Mechanic Catches Engine Rebuild Scam”; and, “Two Service Center Mechanic Scams That Are Easy to Spot If You Know Where to Look Under the Hood.”
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Timothy Boyer is a Torque News automotive reporter based in Cincinnati. Experienced with early car restorations, he regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications for improved performance. Follow Tim on Twitter at @TimBoyerWrites for daily new and used vehicle news.
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