All's Well that Ends well...
Well, I got my pads, rotors and sensors installed on Saturday by a really nice guy. He worked at a large shop down the street for 10 years and finally saved-up enough to open his own a few months ago. The guy is courteous, professional and seems knowlesgable and trustworthy. He wants to please and has pride in his business. It's really refreshing to see. He went out of his way to be nice. I hope I showed him the same treatment. Oh, and he prefers me to bring the parts so he does not have to deal with it.
I'll use him for more "generic" (oil changes, tranny service, etc.) and use Roxbury Foreign auto (an independant Mercedes specialty shop) for more complex work (timing chain replacement, etc.) and repairs that may not be obvious to the regular "corner" mechanic who does not specialize in MB. And, yes, I always buy the parts from them...
Ideally, I can develop long term working relationships with both to everyone's benefit...
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