posted on May, 30 2019 @ 12:00 AM
a reply to: DigginFoTroof
I had a Jetta and it failed inspection. The inspection place was shady. I told my bf (who insisted on taking my car for the inspection) exactly where
to go, the place I always went, and he went some other place because "it was closer".
I honestly believe this place might have poked the hole themselves, but they said the car didn't pass because of a hole in the exhaust system. At that
point there was a hole regardless of how it got there, and it had to be dealt with.
I went to VW. At VW the service person was like, "Oh you have pretty low miles, let's see if it's covered under warranty." Well I had just missed the
warranty by like 700 miles, it was so sad. So we talk about the hole for a minute and what all might need to be done, and I said that if my catalytic
converter had to be replaced, I wanted the old one.
Apparently this clued in the service person that I knew what that was. He proposed a deal. He would write down that the car "drove funny" instead of
what I said about the hole. Then they would put my car on lift. A mechanic would look at it to see if they could identify the problem. While doing
this, the mechanic would "accidentally" damage my catalytic converter, by dropping it.
In return for my inconvenience, I would receive a loaner car and my entire exhaust system replaced for free. He didn't say it, but this means him and
the mechanic are going to split my old catalytic converter. I was pretty broke, so of course I agreed immediately.
He goes to speak quietly to a particular mechanic and then they move my car in. It goes on the lift. Several minutes go by before there is horrific
sound. I play it up by looking down that way and saying "Oh no, was that MY car?" There was a whole big show of the service person explaining what
happened and the mechanic coming over personally to apologize to me.
After I got home and researched it, mine might have been worth $700 at the time. The exhaust might have cost around $1500. Literally all of us
benefited in ways that were important to us.