Modern Living: Highway Robbery

> When Mrs. James Hogsed drove into a service station in Georgia, an attendant pushed the front of her car, told her that she had a bad shock absorber and that "if I had to stop suddenly, I might break a tie rod." She paid $29.90 for a new shock absorber, plus $5 for labor. Later, her father-in-law, a mechanic, inspected the old shock and told her that it was not only in perfect condition but that she had paid twice what she should have for the unneeded replacement.

> Reporters from the Wall Street Journal had a defective rotor installed in...

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