I'm with ya. I won't buy shorts on the internet because I loathe wasting money on shipping something back when it's not what I wanted. Wrong size, wrong color, . I can't expect the carrier to cover it. They did their job. I'm asking them to do it again. The seller sold me what I asked for. Now what do I do with them? Any way you slice it I feel like an asshole who should have just gone to the store and tried some on. No one to blame but myself.
There is no way I'm shipping back a car because the blue finish on my monitor looks nothing like the blue in reality.
A service center serves a definite purpose. I'm... Old. I've bought 3 cars in my life. My current car will be old enough to get its own learners permit next year. Dropping that kind of money is a big deal to me, especially since last time I did it, I dropped $16,000. Cars are twice that now, I NEED a little hand-holding to make sure I'm not totally doing something stupid. I'm willing to pay a professional to make sure all the correct legal paperwork is handled. I want somewhere I can go to when something happens to my car, my fault or theirs. I also need a place where I can go and be guaranteed to get the part I need for my car, even if I pay a small premium. I've been amazed at some of the obscure bits they have had in stock. That being said, I do prefer a mechanic to a dealer for any repairs I can't do myself. Dealerships have a scorched earth policy to vehicle repair. Two years after I bought it, my car developed a steering fluid leak due to the high and low pressure power steering lines being too close and at cross angles vibrating holes in each other. Ford wanted $600-$800 to replace the power steering system. The mechanic I took it to fixed it with a brazing torch and stopped the vibration with some cut rubber hose and a zip tie for $20. That was 12 years ago and I haven't had a power steering leak since. Sure the for way would have fixed it, but it's just a tube guys. Replace the tube, not the whole engine. /rant