I have just been had. My little Civic maintenance minder came up with A1 which means it’s time for an oil change and tire rotation. As the warranty just ran out on my car, I decided to get smart and find a good mechanic instead of taking it to the dealer. Boy, was I stupid in choosing this mechanic (who shall remain nameless). He did the service and showed me the dirty cabin air filter and charged me $160! It would have been cheaper with even the most disparaged Honda dealer in the bay area.
Normally, if I were at the dealer, I would be on my full guard and suspicious of everything they recommend. Since I was at a independent mechanic who seemed like an honest guy, I let my guard down. I didn’t even ask for an estimate thinking, just how much can anyone charge for an oil change and tire rotation. Well, as I found out later, too much! Basically, I overpaid much more than what my wife does when she goes to the dealership.