I'll try to make this is simplistic as possible, as I have a problem with typing too much information when trying to make a post (IE, this sentence is already too long haha :P) anyways...
My girlfriend has a 2003 Honda Civic LX, which has had the brakes squealing on it for about 3 months now. I told her this is an indicator that she needs to have her brakes replaced, she said okay and that was about it
Today her brakes went out on her on a major highway
and she'* still taking the car out tomorrow to go to work (Which I am NOT happy with btw). Anyways;
Her parents want her to take the car to Honda to get the brakes replaced. The problem is, Katie is strapped for cash as it is, and you guys probably know how expensive a brake change can be at the dealerships. I told her that my mechanic said that to help us out cost wise, I could come in and he could take a look, and that he would give me the rotors back at that point to either come back with new ones (if needed) or have them turned down, and also give him brake pads to eliminate a lot of cost (which I think is very nice of him BTW...) OR like I originally told her we could do it ourselves on saturday or sunday.
The problem lies in the fact that her parents both are telling her to get it serviced at Honda. They both have Ford Taurus' (blech) and always get EVERYTHING done at the dealership (::cough:: overpaying)... Therefore she is probably going to pay 5x or so what she would pay if my mechanic did it, and she'd pay even less if we did it ourselves. The car is my girlfriends; she'* paying for it and pays her insurance and such, and her parents have not said they will give her money towards doing the brakes at Honda but keep insisting she has them done there. What do you guys think I should do? She'* already in debt up to her ears as-is (I've attempted to get her to sell the Civic and buy an older one in hopes of not owing $13k on this car but that has seemed to fall on deaf ears), she has to get her cat clawed/neutered next week and she has credit card bills that she isnt able to pay off. I've tried sitting down with her and going over her money situation but she won't, and I don't want to see her have to lose her car and her job because she can't pay for the car (and the car is her only way to this job).
What should I do :( I've been trying my best but it seems my best is not good enough. The brakes are just the beginning...