I was recently driving my 2000 VW bug and the light came on indicating my engine was overheating. I pulled over and it wasn’t smoking or anything so I drove it two short blocks to a mechanic (Firestone) that happened to be open on a Sunday. He said it would be $80 just to run the diagnostics so I said okay thinking it would be nothing big.
It turns out some hoses were cracked and coolant was leaking out (I did see some fluid on the windshield but did not know what it was while driving). The mechanic told me it would be $700 for the labor and hoses. On the receipt the labor, coolant flush, and anti-freeze were all normal prices but the hoses ( 18272 Heater Hose) was $432.
Was I ripped off?