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Wheel Alignment

Tuesday, June 24th, 2003 · No Comments

I breathed a sigh of relief this morning after I avoided nearly getting ripped off by the dealer from which I bought my WRX and where I go for regular maintenance. It’s there today getting the clutch replaced — and there through tomorrow I recently learned (grr…gotta roll the ghetto Buick Century till then) — and I almost got suckered by the new service adviser into paying for a wheel alignment. Here are my emails to my WRX mailing list about the saga:

    Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2003 14:43:41 -0400 (EDT)
    From: Gabe
    Subject: Re: advice re: alignment

    Phew! I’m glad I checked with my local, long-time tire shop (Mark Morris
    Tire in San Francisco) that did the tire replacement. They have a LIFETIME
    (once every 6 mos.) alignment for the SAME PRICE as what the dealership
    charges for ONE ($150). So I’ll be bringing my car there tomorrow…and
    from now on. And they charge $69 for a one-time alignment.

    I feel like a fool for almost having been ripped off at the dealer…but I
    had a bad feeling about it, so I’m glad I trusted that instinct.

    Generally speaking, do you guys have your regular service & maintenance
    done at your dealership or a local shop?


    On Tue, 24 Jun 2003, Gabe wrote:
    > Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2003 12:15:12 -0400 (EDT)
    > From: Gabe
    > To:
    > Subject: advice re: alignment
    > I dropped off my WRX at the dealership this morning to get the warranty
    > clutch replacement. I have about 19k miles and recently had that problem
    > with the nail in my tire, so got a whole new tire. Alignment was not
    > included when they put on the new tire, but they balanced the tires, of
    > course (at a tire shop, not the dealership).
    > This morning there was a new service adviser there (dealership). He said
    > it looks like I’m getting some outside wear on my tires and suggested I
    > get the $150 four-wheel alignment. I told them to hold off on it until I
    > give them the go-ahead. I don’t think I’ve had an alignment to date, since
    > I don’t think it’s included in the 15k service, right?
    > Should I go for it? Is it included in the 30k service?
    > Thanks for the input.
    > -Gabe
    > —

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