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Mechanic: Hi, is Michelle Dupama there please?
Woman: This is her.
Mechanic: Hi Michelle, Allen here from Midas auto care.
Woman: Hi Allen.
Mechanic: Hi, uh looking at your car. You brought it in for an alignment and a tune-up.
Woman: Yes I did.
Mechanic: Yeah we found a few more problems here. You know, just uh preventive maintenance, gonna run them by you, see what you think?
Woman: Okay? (Nervous)
Mechanic: Just to make sure you want these done. First of all, the headlights.
Woman: Uh huh, the headlights.
Mechanic: Your headlight fluid is a little low, uh we are gonna have to top that off.
Woman: Oh okay it is? Alright....
Mechanic: And that is probably gonna be about....uh... well that depends. Do you want the halogen fluid or the regular fluid?
Woman: Umm, Well how much do they run?
Mechanic: Well its about ten bucks or 30 bucks but its a question of quality really. I mean I wouldn't skip out I would go with the Halogen.
Woman: The halogen is better?
Woman: Okay and you said that was about, 30 dollars?
Mechanic: Yeah, but it's each headlight.
Woman: Each headlight?
Woman: Oh so 60 dollars.
Woman: Oookay so ummm, alright we can go ahead and do that.
Mechanic: Okay i will mark that off. Good call Michelle.
Mechanic: Also, tires.. (Sigh) Uh, I dont even know how this happened? This is wierd, somehow the left tires got on the right and the right tires got on the left. So do you want us to switch those back around for ya?
Woman: Ummm yeah is that dangerous?
Mechanic: Oh yeah! (Pause)..Be thankful the front were not on the back and the back were not on the front. That could cause a real headache.
Woman: Oh gosh
Mechanic: But uh...(pause) Sometimes the service men get confused if you had it in for service recently.
Woman: Uh huh, uh H..How much is that gonna cost?
Mechanic: Uh that is gonna be about 50 dollars. P..Per tire.
Woman: P..Per tire? (Nervous)
Mechanic: Yeah, we dont need to do the spare though, we can leave that one alone.
Woman: Okay, so we dont have to do the spare so......
Woman: So what 100 dollars?
Mechanic: 200 dollars.
Woman: Oh 200?
Mechanic: Yeah, 50 dollars a tire and you will be thankful. I mean imagine your going down to Southfield and "Whaaam Moe!!!" Hit a pot hole..
Mechanic: Big Problems yeah..
Woman: Okay well umm...Alright, we can do that.
Mechanic: Okay, the biggest problem here. Umm, my guy checked it out. I don't know. Last time you were in for service. How long do you think its been since you had your car checked out today?
Woman: Ummmmmmmm. I dont know m...maybe about a month ago.
Mechanic: Yeah, I dont know how this happened. Maybe when you parked it at a mall or maybe in service. Someone removed the transmission.
Woman: The transmission????
Mechanic: Yeah it's just gone..
Woman: Don't you need that to...
Mechanic: Well yeah, it improves gas mileage.
Mechanic: But I think we really. You really, probably need one. You want us to install a new one for ya?
Woman: Well ummm, yeah if I really need one. But how much is that gonna cost me?
Mechanic: Well (Sigh) its gonna be a bit. I'd actually get two for this type of car.
Woman: Okay, two?
Woman: How much is that gonna be?
Mechanic: Uh, how often do you drive in reverse?
Woman: Ummmmmmmmmm. I guess when I just back out of my driveway.
Mechanic: Okay, can you park on the street maybe?
Woman: Yeah, I could probably do that.
Mechanic: Okay, because no reverse function. Thats could save you a few hundred right there.
Woman: Oh it will.
Mechanic: Yeah, especially if your getting two transmissions.
Woman: Okay (Nervous)
Mechanic: So uh, let me...
Woman: How much?
Mechanic: Well there is one last thing, and the uh... This is purely cosmetic. This is really.. I am not sure if this matters to you or not but when we were servicing your car. We noticed that your cigarette lighter was missing.
Woman: Yeah it is..
Mechanic: Well we can throw that in.. No charge. We can throw that in.
Mechanic: Yeah if you want that?
Mechanic: That would be just 70 dollars installation. But we won't charge you for the cigarette lighter.
Woman: Ohhhh, okay. Well umm how... how much is everything gonna be together?
Mechanic: Uh? Let me run up a total here. Let see, got the tires, halogen fluid, lighter installation. Okay 8, 3, 6 carry the 2 and uh okay add that in there. Oh labor, forget the labor.
Mechanic: Okay, yeah.. Okay this isn't too much damage then. Were talking about $2,440.
Woman: Oh my gosh, $2,400?
Mechanic: Yeah, its not to bad. Actually, thats great because the cigarette lighter you have is not a very expensive one.
Woman: Right. Ummm, well you know I need to call my dad to see if I can borrow some of the money.
Woman: To help pay for it.
Woman: And then can I call you back?
Mechanic: Yeah and we should actually have someone here who can help you with that.
Woman: Oh Okay.
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