Why doesn't anyone want to FIX anything?
Radiator is leaking, fan is not blowing. Estimates for new radiator and new fan system range from $350 at a local radiator shop to over $600 at Dodge dealer.
I go to the Alameda corridor in Huntington Park (not to be confused with the upscale Huntington Beach) which is densely populated with Hispanic repair shops. They pulled the radiator apart and even though it is a plastic radiator which the others declared not repairable, resealed it, then fiddled with the fan motor and got it going. Out the door for $90.00.
I have been driving with only one headlight for a few weeks as its not the bulb that's blown but something is wrong with the wire connection. If you wiggle it at the right place, the light goes on. Again the quote for a new wire from relay to headlight was well over $100, parts and labor. At the radiator shop I told them about this and asked: "How do you fix this in Mexico?" They laughed and then did what I had been tempted to do, cut the offending piece of wire off, splice the ends together, wrap it with electrician's tape and bingo, for $15.00 the problem is fixed.
Even though their 'waiting room' consisted of a few chairs with cracked vinyl leaning against the building in the shade of a couple of palm trees and their rest room had no paper, I really enjoyed the experience. Great bunch of people. I have had things repaired like this for many years and find their work as good as anybody's.
We have become a nation of replacers, if something does not work, replace it. No one would dream of fixing anything, what a shame. One has to dive into another culture to get things fixed, at least that's how it is in LA. Maybe things are different in other parts of the country, but here all they want to do is replace things at tremendous cost. I think that's a shame and battle it every step of the way.