Proves the point.I had to call a guy with a 10 year old Honda CRV and give him a quote for a complete exhaust system, manifold all the way back including cats. $3000. Worth more than the car. I pulled him aside when he came to get his car and told him to go to Muffler Mania, they bend all the pipes and weld everything up. Probably for about $1000. Part of my one week stint as a Service Manager at a national retail tire chain. That place was a clusterf***k.
And BTW I shouldn't really have tarred all mechanics with the same brush. I know there are plenty of decent ones around who aren't so greedy. Perhaps the vitriol is better directed at the car and parts supply businesses, who are laughing all the way to the bank.