Brought my car in to deal with vibration problem. Mechanic told me it was the brake caliper and control arm, calipers/rotors/pads and arm need to be replaced on both sides. He also found my valve cover gasket was leaking oil and wanted to replace that too. This I have no problem with. However, when I looked through the parts list later he included (only one) front strut. I haven’t had issues with suspension and when I asked him about it he told me they were ‘sweating’ and should be replaced, and in fact he had ordered two, which wasn’t on my quote. My car is old (250,000) and I’m not going to replace everything that looks worn As I would never stop. I asked him not to do the struts and he responded by canceling the entire order and refusing to work on my car.
The other red flag was ordering two rear sway links when only one was bent, and again it doesn’t affect driving performance so I don’t want to bother. In addition he quoted $140 for the valve cover gasket when everywhere else they’re $30.
Am I in the wrong for asking him not to order the struts? I don’t like to assume the worst but I am wondering if I was paying the young female tax.
Opinions are appreciated