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Holy Canolli, Batman!

My car broke down on New Year's Eve. I noticed it acting up when I was parking the car at the rehabilitation/nursing home facility where my Mom had just been transferred to after being released from the hospital. This was like around 11:30 pm.

The next day, I called an auto repair service near where my car was parked. I told the mechanic it needs fixed. Someone came by to pick up the keys so that they could get the car.

Today, the mechanic called me and told me that the EGR valve needs replaced. When he told me how much it was going to cost, I just about fainted. $548!!!!

I am getting help to pay for it, thank goodness, because I need my car so that I can go see Mom every day while she is at the rehab facility before she is finally able to go back home. There is also a 14 year old I take to piano lessons once a week.

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Renda wrote on January 6, 2015, 9:24 PM

Mechanical issues are so heavily priced. It makes me wonder why I didn't learn how to work on vehicles, just to save money...not make it. Good luck!

RubyMoon53 wrote on January 6, 2015, 9:31 PM

Thanks, Renda. I know what you mean. The part itself is right around $300! I used to do a little bit of very light mechanic-type stuff on some of my cars. Wouldn't be able to do that nowadays, though, with all the different tools needed and the electronics stuff.

TheLambLiesDown wrote on January 6, 2015, 9:39 PM

That's a pretty steep price for replacing an EGR valve. It's not like they really have to disassemble anything...

Renda wrote on January 6, 2015, 9:55 PM

i could change the oil in my older car in my teens. Today, I own a hybrid...under the hood is a mess!

RubyMoon53 wrote on January 6, 2015, 11:35 PM

I thought so, too. Unfortunately, gotta go with it. Got to have the vehicle to get around in to see Mom and be the 14 year old's taxi on piano days.

RubyMoon53 wrote on January 6, 2015, 11:40 PM

Never did change the oil on any of my cars. I did take the radiator out of my old Caddy. Also tried changing plugs on it one time.

JustEm wrote on January 7, 2015, 12:00 AM

That seems like quite a hefty fee.. And I am looking to pass my driving test and get a car this year too!

RubyMoon53 wrote on January 7, 2015, 11:00 PM

I will be picking up the car tomorrow. The final tally is $496.34. I did forget to mention in my original post that there was going to be 20% taken off the labor cost because of it being the first time I used their repair service. So that helped a bit. The final cost is less than the maximum estimate but still more than the lesser estimate. I wish it had been the lesser amount, though, because that would have been $41 less.