A couple months ago I took my vehicle to Express Tire on Coast Highway. They have a great deal on Oil Changes. Only $12.99. Without going into all the details, they told me that my car was in terrible shape and needed a brake job badly. They were going to charge me roughly $300 for it.
Now, I am no stupid girl, so I thought that sounded fishy. I have a 2005 and it is a stick shift. I downshift when I slow down, not slam on brakes. It sounded a little odd. So, I went for a 2nd opinion.
At Econo Lube (my 2nd opinion) It took the mechanic about 2 minutes to look at my car, and say that I had about "this much" left on my brake pads in the front and even more in the back. He said it wasn't even worth writing up because there was nothing wrong with my vehicle. He even showed me and explained it all to me. Nothing shady, just pure honestly.
I am appalled that the first place, Express Tire on Coast Highway, is operating their business in such a way in a military town. First, this isn't the type of community that has the kind of money to be wasting on repairs that don't need to be done. Secondly, I think that military families deserve a bit more respect than that. It's just disgusting thinking about all the people that place has probably done unneeded repairs for.
Don't go there. Pass this on, tell all your friends. Don't let them get taken advantage of by this place. I do, however, highly recommend talking to a nice man named Bill at Econo Lube on the corner of Vista Way and Coast Highway if you do need repairs. He's honest, and no bullshit. See him, he will take care of you.