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    Quote Originally Posted by cbcc View Post
    So lie, deceive and have others do the same for you - to get what you want.

    The way of the world
    A better suggestion would be to add towing and roadside assistance to his commercial vehicle policy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cbcc View Post
    So lie, deceive and have others do the same for you - to get what you want.

    The way of the world
    It's the way of Trump.

    Trumpism is a vile and insidious murderer of civil society.
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    Got a local truck mechanic to make a house call this morning - he's picking up a starter. $500 w/labor - no towing needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe (SoCal) View Post
    Got a local truck mechanic to make a house call this morning - he's picking up a starter. $500 w/labor - no towing needed.
    Become besties with this guy and get the towing insurance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe (SoCal) View Post
    Got a local truck mechanic to make a house call this morning - he's picking up a starter. $500 w/labor - no towing needed.
    That's the way to go. Work out an arrangement to have him on call if needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cbcc View Post
    So lie, deceive and have others do the same for you - to get what you want.

    The way of the world
    I'm happy, the tow guy is happy and even AAA is. I just renewed my membership last month and they thanked me for being a loyal customer for 18 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katherine View Post
    That's what I grew up with. If the trucks didn't role then there was no money coming in.
    That's why repairing trucks makes so much sense...

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    $600 FIXED !!!!

    $300 parts - $300 Housecall labor and I have a new come to me mechanic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by C.Collins View Post
    I'm happy, the tow guy is happy and even AAA is. I just renewed my membership last month and they thanked me for being a loyal customer for 18 years.
    AAA doesn't tow comercial vehicals. I have AAA on my personal auto.
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    Good news. And a bargain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe (SoCal) View Post
    AAA doesn't tow comercial vehicals. I have AAA on my personal auto.
    Read post # 19.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe (SoCal) View Post
    $600 FIXED !!!!

    $300 parts - $300 Housecall labor and I have a new come to me mechanic.
    Good job!
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    Just checking whether you have a reliable IT fixer on speed dial. If not, find one before you need her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Y View Post
    Just checking whether you have a reliable IT fixer on speed dial. If not, find one before you need her.

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    We run macs and everything is cloud based - I pay for my POS cloud service, I call them they fix.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe (SoCal) View Post
    $600 FIXED !!!!

    $300 parts - $300 Housecall labor and I have a new come to me mechanic.
    What was broken?

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    Awesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Girouard View Post
    What was broken?

    Starter Motor
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    Glad you decided not to resort to minor fraud as advocated in #19.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian McColgin View Post
    Glad you decided not to resort to minor fraud as advocated in #19.
    I'm not that guy
    I'm NEVER that guy
    I LOATHE that guy
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe (SoCal) View Post
    I'm not that guy
    I've NEVER that guy
    I LOATHE that guy
    AAA is ok with it, they thanked me for my many years of business and signed me up again.

    And by the way you are that guy who bragged here on the forum about tricking the exclusive restaurant into giving you seating when you really did not have a reservation arn't you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by C.Collins View Post
    AAA is ok with it, they thanked me for my many years of business and signed me up again.

    And by the way you are that guy who bragged here on the forum about tricking the exclusive restaurant into giving you seating when you really did not have a reservation arn't you?
    Because they didn't know about it.

    Yes he is. I believe he was utilizing a thing called "sarcasm".
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    Quote Originally Posted by C.Collins View Post
    AAA is ok with it, they thanked me for my many years of business and signed me up again.

    And by the way you are that guy who bragged here on the forum about tricking the exclusive restaurant into giving you seating when you really did not have a reservation arn't you?
    bobbys ?
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    blooey

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    I'm glad you got it fixed promptly, even if it was $100 more than quoted.
    There is nothing quite as permanent as a good temporary repair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stiletto View Post
    I'm glad you got it fixed promptly, even if it was $100 more than quoted.
    Actually it was more like this:

    I was quoted $268 for the part & $275 for the labor. I rounded it down for the WBF post. Initially I was going to "negotiate" it to $500, but he did such an awesome job I decided to round it up to $600 and put him on speed dial
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe (SoCal) View Post
    Actually it was more like this:

    I was quoted $268 for the part & $275 for the labor. I rounded it down for the WBF post. Initially I was going to "negotiate" it to $500, but he did such an awesome job I decided to round it up to $600 and put him on speed dial
    That's when ypu mentally calculate repair cost against lost revenue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Katherine View Post
    That's when ypu mentally calculate repair cost against lost revenue.
    Oh hell yea, It would have cost me $500 just for the tow to Mercedes, then 3 days while they diagnosed and got me on the schedule and ordered the part. Then about $1,200 in parts and labor minimum.

    $500 + $1,200 = $1800 + lost revenue for 3 days at $1,500 per day = $4,500 Total expense = $6,300
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    It is funny about Mercedes... they use the same starter as a half dozen other vehicles except they move one mounting bolt an 1/4 inch out of sequence. Every parts-man on the planet now knows that is a Mercedes starter and the price of that starter just doubled. I hate them, they are one of the biggest shams against the public I know of.

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    you now more are in the transportation business than you are in the grooming business.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoeyawl View Post
    It is funny about Mercedes... they use the same starter as a half dozen other vehicles except they move one mounting bolt an 1/4 inch out of sequence. Every parts-man on the planet now knows that is a Mercedes starter and the price of that starter just doubled. I hate them, they are one of the biggest shams against the public I know of.
    Toyota used to do similar stuff. They had half a dozen fuel filters that were identical except for the inlet & outlet locations. They'd change from 12 O'clock & 3 O'clock to 12 & 5 (or some such)- and make the hoses precisely the right length so you had to get the exact right one.

    It's a game most manufacturers play to make it more difficult for aftermarket suppliers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoeyawl View Post
    It is funny about Mercedes... they use the same starter as a half dozen other vehicles except they move one mounting bolt an 1/4 inch out of sequence. Every parts-man on the planet now knows that is a Mercedes starter and the price of that starter just doubled. I hate them, they are one of the biggest shams against the public I know of.
    Soooo the FarmDogFixit way would be to get a salvage starter for one of those half-dozen other vehicles and dump the guts into the Mercedes housing, yes?
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    The Japanese are especially good at obfuscating alternator and starter numbers. They will deliberately change a part number to reflact the OEM rather than the part itself. There may be a half dozen numbers for the exact same alternator with no other physical changes.
    The US aftermarket has caught on in the last 15 years or so and with internet sales that entire system is becoming moot.

    But Mercedes will still make a very minor and simple engineering change to make certain you cannot substitute a part.
    I have a client with a V-12 roadster and it needed an hydraulic ride height control valve (it fits in the palm of your hand, 2 8mm pistons and some o-rings) for $2500 and 8 weeks! It could be rebuilt if you had the very special Mercedes spanner to disassemble it.
    (For 2500 bucks I can stand in front of a milling machine for an hour or two and make that tool)

    However there is one saving grace, that Mercedes will even today supply any part, for any car they ever made; Cost plus.
    If you have to ask, you can't afford it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oznabrag View Post
    Soooo the FarmDogFixit way would be to get a salvage starter for one of those half-dozen other vehicles and dump the guts into the Mercedes housing, yes?
    Yes, typically Bosch (Volvo?) internals will interchange. And how do I know that?

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    I wonder if a Ford Transit 350 HD might be more affordable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeG View Post
    I wonder if a Ford Transit 350 HD might be more affordable?
    Your kidding, right?

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