(Original post by Aconfusedkid)
Fiat Punto Evo, maybe I was scammed? I don’t really know it’s my first car, just went for the best price
A garage can't be sure what is broken untill they dismantle the suspected elements. Asking for price is a gamble, as they have to gamble to give any specific price. Personally I believe its better to be loyal to a garage that gives reasonable prices, gets the job done, and has a good opinion from numerous customers, particularly from petrolhead-forums who know better about mechanics than average users.
If they charged over 4x minimal wage for each working hours, worked on the car for 3 hours (a bit long, but possible as it may be difficult to dismantle the console without damaging it, and the job sometimes involves doing extra reading as obviously they can't remember everything for all cars) and then replaced something that costs 60 pounds (sounds like a price of a full brand new vent controller), then that would make sense.
I just don't buy the story about a resistor that damaged wiring in all the car, it's just not really possible, and if all the wiring was damaged it would have been a terrible mess to repair. Perhaps they did a fair job but gave a rubbish explanation, or it was something trivial and made up an explanation to charge the higher price they promised.
Does your car have air condition? Because if it has, and the controller was broken, then that would justify the price much better. It would either mean that a skilled electronics technician worked on the pannel, or they bough a working second-hand controller to decrease the costs to this reasonable level.
Last edited by PTMalewski; 2 weeks ago