This is pretty much exactly my strategy with dealers. They will "suggest" a lot of expensive stuff, but for reasons I don't totally understand, they back off quickly if you ask them "Is this a safety issue?" or "Can this wait another 6 months?" Usually I just tell them, "Thanks for checking, I'll try to save up the money for it." (That's a little white lie, but I figure they weren't totally honest with me either.)jlawrence01 wrote: ↑Sun Apr 04, 2021 10:11 pm
My 2007 Toyota Corolla has 160k miles on it after this weekend. Since I have moved to Tucson from Chicago, I use a Toyota dealership and the same service rep all the time. Whenever he recommends a repair, he will let me know if there is a serious safety issue which will be repaired that day, whether a repair can wait for another 5000 miles, and he lets me know the status of my brake pads, tires and battery.
Three years ago, he had a child and I had to use another service rep and I received a laundry list of things that could be done. I looked at the guy and just asked him what was essential and nothing was. So i paid for the oil change and that was it.
That said, I had a 2004 Honda CR-V with 186,000 miles that was incredibly reliable over its lifetime, and then seemed to just hit the wall in terms of strange problems I didn't want to fix myself. So I sold it to CarMax for $1,800 which seemed a lot to me. Apparently there is more of a market for 16 y.o. cars with 186,000 miles and the check engine light on than I expected. We bought a new car and are over the moon with safety features such as adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, side-ways looking backup sensors and automatic braking before a collision.