Car Maintenance

Car Maintenance

I have a dilemma... I took my car in to Firestone for an oil change today. I've never gone there before, but I found did a google search for "oil change specials" and found a good deal, so I figured I'd give them a shot. While I was there, I asked them to look at my belts, because my friend had told me that one of them was cracked and might need to be replaced. Got the oil change, and the guy comes back and tells me that the serpentine belt needs replaced, along with the power steering pump and the rack (from the rack & pinion involved w/ steering). He said that the power steering fluid was leaking, and that fluid was leaking from the joints in the rack. He estimated the cost for one of those repairs at $250, and the other for "six"... I'm assuming he meant $600, as I doubt it was $6. That sounds like a LOT for a car that has been running perfectly fine. I told him I'd have to put off the repairs for now (he then offered me a Firestone credit card, which I, of course, declined). My dad thinks the guy was trying to scam me, as it was fairly obvious when I went in that I knew NOTHING about car repair... I wasn't even sure what the name of the belt was. The thing is, I NEED my car for work (I'm a case manager, and spend most of the day driving around the city to visit clients at home). As such, my car also takes a bit of a beating...so if something legitimately needs to be repaired, I'd rather not wait to break down in rush hour traffic, with one of my clients in the car... particularly since most of them have anxiety disorders! So, I am looking for a bit of advice from anyone who knows ANYTHING about cars... do these sound like legitimate issues, or was he bullshitting me? If it helps, I drive a 2001 camaro, with about 75,000 miles on it. I've only had the car for a little over a year. Also of note: If I do need these repairs, I will NOT be going back to Firestone... I got a recommendation for a family-owned shop that's supposed to be trustworthy. But I'm not sure how to go about getting a 2nd opinion... if I go there and say, "Firestone said these 3 things need replaced," I'm afraid they might just go along with that, even if it's not the truth. (Recommendation aside, I have some serious trust issues with mechanics.) It's times like these that I wish I had taken auto repair, instead of psychology... Advice?
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