I have never seen anyone try to so blatantly cheat me out of money. Without even so much as looking at my car, the mechanic tried to tell me how extensive and expensive my visit to him would be.
The story is this: I drove my Honda Civic to Prima to get inspected. The mechanic looked at my dashboard, saw a 'check engine' light and immediately said "It will never pass inspection, you have to leave it here and I will work on it." I explained that I had just gotten a new timing belt, balanced and aligned the wheels, gotten a full tune up, flushed the fluids, had new brakes installed and my suspension checked--that whatever the code on my car was that was giving me the light, it wasn't serious--probably the O2 sensor, or maybe nothing at all and he could just clear the computer and it would go away.
The mechanic just looked at me. He said "No, no. It's very serious." I said, "You didn't even look at the car!" He went over and opened the hood. He just stared at the engine. "You have to leave it with me." I asked him why he was so sure. He said "this car needs a lot of work."
I explained all the work I had just had done. He went and got the sensor to hook up to the car's computer. I watched over his shoulder as he punched buttons, just cycling back and forth through the menus, not running a single diagnostic. I swear. He simply cycled through the menus hoping I wouldn't know what I was looking at.
He unhooked the sensor and said "Yes, you need to leave it with me. It needs work, and for this car, I know this car, it's going to be very expensive." I said, "I have a ten year old Honda Civic--that can't possibly be true," and left.
Three hours later I was driving home after having seen an honest mechanic. My inspection was done in 30 minutes flat. In fact, I was right--there was nothing wrong with my car, the error messages just had to be cleared. Done. $37 dollars.
That other guy at Prima just saw me, thought I looked like a rube and decided to try and cheat me. It was as plain as day, and I couldn't be more upset about it.