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I know the brakes are probably going out but I don't want to get taken advantage of because I don't know the right words to ask for the right service. I already paid $96 for a $25.99 oil change this month. I'm really low on funds, I don't want to die because I can't stop my car but don't think I should be ripped off to the point I can't even afford the 'right' fix. Thanks.

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Use your phone to get a price to replace the "front pads" or the rears,and only pay for the work asked for.as i live in England we have specialist brake/exhaust centres,and these are normally the best places to go BUT as above.

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