I took my car in for an oil change yesterday and found out I needed a new belt and air filter too. They were willing to just fix it but I cannot afford it until I get my tax return and told them so. I git my state tax return back today. :-/ this stuff seems to happen to me a lot. How often does stuff seem to be timed badly for you?
You should always get a second opinion... A lot of times car places will tell you something is wrong to get more money out of you. We have been told 3 consecutive years that "we should get our back breaks redone" because there only about a quarter of the beak pad left. The first time we were told this, I had my grandfather give them a peek. My break pads were just fine. The second year, we had actually taken a long road trip so we had gotten the oil changed twice on the trip before our vacation, our break pads were low, on the return trip, they were fine...
this last year, mind you I still haven't gotten my "breaks fixed" the back ones are fine but the front ones need replaced.. Huh.. Must be magic.
It always seems that whenever we get a little bit of spending money (tax return, 3 paycheck month, etc.) there is something that needs attention. The Volvo we had before this car always needed something done to it. I love my car, it never needs anything expensive. It's new enough that I don't have to constantly take it in. We are probably going to get new tires with this tax return, but that's the first real expense, other than monthly payments, we've had with it since we bought it 3 years ago.