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08/21/2016
By: Becky F.
Pep Boys Auto Service & Tire
I took my car in for an oil change and tire rotation before vacation. I was told the car needed struts and front brakes…was shown leaking struts. I said repairs won’t happen before vacation, was told it would be dangerous. $700 quote. I was totally suspicious, as everyone in the shop that day was told their vehicle had major repairs needed, and because I was sure the struts were not bad enough to be dangerous.After vacation, I researched and found another area shop with a good reputation (Kingwood Tire and Automotive.) I took my car there, where they found that not only my struts are fine, but my brakes have another 30% to go before they need to be changed. I suspect the “oil” on the struts was put there to try to force me to pay for a repair I didn’t need….when researching my repair charges, I discovered my struts are only a year and a half old. This shop tried to rip me off solid. Beware if you frequent Pep Boys.
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