I will be turning 18 soon and will probably get my first car in a year or so. I am concerned about repair shop dishonesty due to the fact that I have heard many horror stories on TV about auto repair shops scamming unsuspecting customers - even some shops destroying parts (cutting belts, etc) and then charging for other parts that have never been replaced!
So, do any of you have bad experiences with major auto repair chains (Sears Auto Center, Meinke, Midas, etc.)? Do these "brand-name" auto repair shops scam?
And what can one do to prevent from getting ripped off?