I just wanted to share this with everyone as a helpful suggestion / reminder. Especially, remembering a recent thread about someone's mechanic joy-riding their car and ruining the clutch.
I took my car into tire discounters to get a quote for repairing a tire. We then proceeded to talk about cars for a while. He mentioned that someone came in with a Nissan GTR the other day.
He was talking about how it was such a cool car, and he mentioned that him and his co-worker just HAD to take it for a test drive. But, it was cool cuz they were resetting the tire pressure monitoring anyway.
So, I will never take my car back there (Miamisburg OH BTW) Just wanted to remind everyone that they may want to document your mileage before taking your car in. It is NOT their responsibility to reset your TPMS system.
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I always drive the car into my local shop, and the keys stay in my pocket. It's either that, or I'll get my tires someplace else.
As do I. I have never left my car in a shop (not that any of my cars spend much time in the shop anyway) and I will stay there all day if necessary. There is a strict "no drive" policy in effect unless I'm in the car. It has worked so far and the shops I have frequented have had zero issues with me hanging around and lingering even.
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I don't trust tire discounters in general, not with driving the car, not with tire mounting, etc.
I'm happy to leave my car at my local tire shop (they specialize in race cars, high end luxury, etc) and trust them implicitly. I've seen how they care for their customers cars when I've had to sit there waiting.
I take all my cars there. Have for 15 years.
Their prices are a little higher but close enough to Tire Rack prices that I'm happy to trust my money to them and support a local business.
Stokes Tire in Santa Monica if anyone is interested.
That's a large part of why I only take my car to the dealer (even for tires; buy from TireRack, ship to dealer for install. done.). As a very regular customer for the past few years, I've made it a well-known, special request that only my particular master tech/friend is to work on it or drive it. I generally don't trust anyone with my keys, but he's the exception to the rule.
I did, however, try to take it to a seemingly reputable alignment shop a while ago for some small tweaks to the rear camber (BMW dealer can't do it b/c my car won't fit on their alignment rack ) and after telling them it was an M5 that needed the alignment, they perked up and mentioned they would need the car for an ENTIRE DAY (for about 20min of adjustments). I gave them the 'areyoufkinserious' face and walked-out. I eventually had the Mercedes dealer do it (no complaints to speak of and got a helluva deal @ something like $90 total). Took them an hour b/c they were backed up. They even let me in the shop to oversee how I wanted everything done (something my BMW dealer does as well). I notice tire shops panic if you try to step to the back while, I can only imagine it's because they either have serious liability/insurance issues or (more likely) they're up to no good.