I have some questions because I really don’t know much about cars/my own car. I’ve been trying to learn as much as possible but that knowledge is a bit over my head.
I have a 2006 Chevy Aveo with 180000 miles on it. I know it’s not it great condition, it’s been hit in 2 accidents, and in the shop many times. I basically just use it to get to school and back and run errands. A few weeks ago while driving home, there was a terrible screeching noise whenever the clutch was pushed in and I called what I was told to be a reliable and fair mechanic near by.
He called me after taking a look at my car and said the clutch needed replaced and that it would cost a little over $600. I agreed. I got a call the next week from him saying that the brake pad and something else needed replaced and that it was going to bump the cost up to $1100. I was skeptical because it was getting into the territory of the worth of my crappy car. I felt pressured and agreed to it.
When I picked up the vehicle he said on my way out “oh, I noticed some dripping under the car while I was working on it. So keep an eye on that”. I just said ok and left. Two days after on my way home my car started smoking and smelling really strongly. I noticed the engine temperature gage was all the way to the top. After it cooled down, I looked at the coolant tank and it was completely empty. I refilled the tank and ran the car for maybe 5 minutes and the temperature began to rise again. I looked under the car and saw coolant substantially leaking.
I’m upset because I feel like this is something any mechanic would take a look at. For him to tell me about dripping after I have paid for other work to be done seems messed up to me. If I knew that all this was wrong with my car I probably would have opted for just getting a new car but now I’m out $1100 and very frustrated.
Does anyone with experience as a mechanic have any advice? Is it just unfortunate or should he have told me about the problem sooner?