By Diane Ako
My friend Nate and I were discussing car repairs, when the talked turned to the latest scams he's been seeing in Hawaii. He's a car buff and belongs to car clubs, so he is very aware of these things.
I'd heard of the usual scams - padding charges, needless repairs, etc. In fact, I am sure I've been the victim of some of those scams. However, Nate had some new ones that surprised me.
1) Key imprint
According to Nate, you take your car in for servicing, and some unethical employee makes a copy of your car key which they can use to later steal your car, or things in your car. They look at your driver's registration to see where you live, and if it's not listed there, they ask for your driver's license for your home address. This is how they find the car later. He says he has two friends who believe this happened to them. These two friends used the same oil repair shop.
2) Breaking a part
According to Nate, there's a shop in town that seems to have a track record for fixing your original problem but breaking something else, so that you'll have to return later.
I was pretty shocked about both of these, and thought I'd put the question to the broader blogosphere: have you heard of such scams? Are there others? Where is a good place that you DO recommend taking your car for repairs and adjustments?
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