Meineke Complaint - A\C Performance Check is NOT "FREE"
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA -- As per the advertisement of free A\C performance check, I took my (2002 model) car to one of the centers as my car's A\C was blowing hot air. After initial checkup they said, they need to apply dye to check if there is any leak in AC system. After some time they told me there is a leak which can not be fixed and I need to get my Compressor replaced. They provided an estimation of $1000 (Compressor cost, labour charge etc). I asked if R134a with leak seal mechanism will work and their answer was no. That day without any profit I had to pay $133.99. When I asked about the same they said at least with this amount the leak was identified. I said that's what the purpose of this FREE A\C Checkup should have been. I was totally disappointed.
I obviously had to give a thought before spending such a huge amount. Also, their diagnosis did not appear realistic to me. I went for diagnosis to a different car care center, and they iidentified no leak and it was only the cost of 3 cans of Freon (R134a) and nominal labour charge. My car's A\C is working fine now.
I wanted to bring this into notice of common innocent people to be cautious while opting for such free services. What could have been done within $50 could not be done in $133 and a $1000 was estimated on top of that. Please be aware!