HELP! My car needs brake work stat, local mechanic, break specialist OR national chain store?
Okay so on my way to the park-n-ride this morning my brakes started grinding (front passenger I think). They have been squealing forever. Long story short, they were replaced maybe a year ago by a local mechanic who charged me an arm-and-a-leg. Afterwords I brought the car back-in because they were still squealing and he gave a long reason why it would cost me a bunch of money to replace parts, blah,blah,blah to get the squealing to go away. Naturally I am very hesitant to go back with this mechanic.
So now I have a dilemma, should I stick with a local general mechanic (bad taste in my mouth), go with one of the so-called brake specialists (midas, monroe) or go with a national store (Sears, Pep boys, NTB, Firestone, Sams Club)?
I feel if I had brought the car into a national store originally and the brakes were squealing when done. If I had brought them back they would have repaired/ replaced for free?
Whats the best value in your opinion? Can I find a good coupon/deal online?