I have a 2001 Volkwagon Beetle that has around 140k miles on it and recently it had some trouble with overheating. I took it to a mechanic who did all the quotes and said that to fix the car, it was going to be around $750 parts and labor and when I said I can’t pay that much, he said $550 that knocked down some of the repairs.This included replacing the thermostat, valve cover, coolant outlet and breather tube (is this price too high to begin with?) He said the car would be ready in 3 days.
I go back to the mechanic on the third day and subsequently after that, he told me that it’s actually going to cost an additional $600 to get the radiator and water pump fixed. I was shocked because I asked him how did you not know this initially when giving the quote, he said they only discovered it later on. To make matters worse, the car is inmobile without getting those parts. Is this shady business practice by a mechanic to get more money out of me? If I knew it was going to be that much, I would have just thought about buying a new car and that’s what makes me mad. It almost seems like that he did the minor repairs which MAY have caused the overheating but later quoted a larger price for a bigger repair so that I have to get the car fixed, since the car can’t be driven without a radiator. I feel like something like this should have been tested and found out immediately when a car is overheated. What are my options right now since I’m in a bind and I can’t really afford that much more on this car?