We have an excellent village agricultural and motor engineer who has looked after all the cars we have had since we moved to the village in 2004 - and he and his son look after us very well. We trust them completely to do a good job and not take us for a ride, so to speak! They provide an excellent service.
We have had our Skoda just over a year now, and I love it....you can sense there is a "but" here, can't you!?!
It has been making a weird noise when I take a right hand bend unless I am going very slow, so I took it to the garage and asked them to sort it out - I was worried that it might be something serious. Well, apparently I don't describe noises terribly accurately when it comes to cars, because when I got the car back last week, it still made the noise. A bill came through the door later in the week for just over £220 for all the work that they did do on other things they found whilst they were looking for the noise - a new wheel, shock absorber, bump stops, etc.......but it still made the noise. So I took the garage owner for a ride, and he heard the noise last Wednesday, and diagnosed the problem immediately - rust building up on the brake discs. He knew what to do and asked me to take the car in on Friday. Friday morning, I sat in the car on the driveway and let the handbrake off, let the clutch up and whilst I was still in first gear, gently easing it forward towards the road, there was a large metallic CLUNK and something went. I didn't know what, so I crept slowly up the road to the garage which is just few hundred yards away, thank goodness.
The car arrived back on the driveway Friday evening whilst I was at gym, and I rang the garage yesterday to find out what they had had to do. The brake disc noise was easily sorted - but the CLUNK was a front suspension spring breaking! Another large bill is heading my way...