I’m new here. I joined because I’m in desperate need of good advice. I think I’m getting completely scammed by my mechanic.
Here’s the story: car was blowing a ton of smoke and burning lots of oil- a quart plus each week with about 100 city miles. Took it to a mechanic who said a new engine was best way to go. He put in SeaFoam and told us to keep driving. A week later the engine light starts blinking. I immediately take it to a different mechanic because I’m afraid I’m burning out the catalytic converter or something. He too suggests an engine swap. He tells me he can get an engine with 80,000 miles on it (mine has 98,000) for $1500. Ok, I’ve looked on the internet and that seems right. Labor about another $1100. Fine. The car is in good shape and $2600 is better than a car payment.
Problem: tomorrow will be two weeks. Still no car. He has charged my credit card not only for the engine, which I authorized, for I guess for labor too. And, $300 over what we agreed. I stopped by there two days ago. I needed to look in my car for something and I wanted to find out what was going on. He followed me to my car while I looked through it. The glove box is out and there’s a huge gear inside the car.
He also showed me what he said was the new engine. It looked like it had just been pulled from a car. Spark plugs hanging down, greasy. Made me question where he ordered it from.
I feel like I’m being scammed. At the least, I think he’s lying to me about something. I even wonder if he’s just fixing my engine and selling it back to me.
I don’t know what to do at this point. Any suggestions?