Nope! I don’t second guess my service people. If it is something simple and I can fix it quickly, I will do it myself. If it is something complex OR simple but takes time, I will pay someone to do it.
I recently took my truck in to have a growling wheel bearing replaced. I told them to do the rotors and pads if they thought it was time. They were like “Well, it will pass inspection this time but probably not next time.” I said to go ahead and do it since one side was going to be apart anyway. I also said not to skimp and use what they would use if it was their own car. They gave me a couple options. The most expensive option was one that they didn’t suggest. The truck is old and doesn’t get driven much so may not last all that much longer. That is one reason. No matter if I got the expensive or the next one down, it wouldn’t matter as it would likely outlast the truck. The reason they like the next cheaper option is they thought it had better braking ability although it wears out faster. Since the truck doesn’t get a lot of miles and the ones it does get are often when it is carrying a heavy load, stopping ability is probably more important.
If there is a choice between a brass or stainless fitting or something cheaper like steel/galvanized or plastic, I tell them to use what they think it best. If I can fix it myself and feel like taking the time, I will do that. Otherwise I am paying a service professional to do the job and that is what I am paying them for. People who tell their service people how to do the job should do it themselves!
I was having tires put on at a place. I had worked on their computers before so we had shared stories then. I started rattling off lines like “That is highway robbery! I can get Douglas tires for a fraction of that price at Wal-Mart!” and then “I am on a fixed income” of course. They knew I was joking and laughed. They were like “Do you work here? We hear those same lines from customers all the time.”
What I don’t want is the person who wants me to re-use old equipment or brings me cheap equipment to then be all mad and blame it on me when it doesn’t work or doesn’t work to their satisfaction. MEchanic shops tell me this is a huge problem with cheap Chinese parts off Amazon. Some come without holes drilled or they aren’t tapped with threads like they are supposed to. Stuff doesn’t line up as well. Plus many of these parts are of such low quality that they will not last. All the extra labor of installing such stuff more than offsets the cost savings and the part will not perform well and likely fail long before it should. It is the same no matter what you do.
I had one the other day. They were setting up an office and had the cheapest Black Friday Wal-Mart laptops. A $150 laptop is not what you use to run a business. I told them it was going to cost them $200 more to start for a proper Windows license and not the locked down Windows S license. I basically told them they were either going to use what I provided or wouldn’t do the job as these were not going to work for them. The boxes were still sealed so I don’t think they would have any problems returning them. They balked about the price at first but realized that the systems I installed ran so much better than anything they had ever used before.