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Old 15 Sep 2009, 11:44 am
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Default Converter bolts...

'02 Accord 4dr. in at dealer getting some work done - new LR caliper and
front sway bar links. Service writer says the mechanic noticed that the
converter bolts were rusty. $108+tax (13%) For bolts.

I like my bolts rusty.

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Old 15 Sep 2009, 01:48 pm
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"a" <a@thisisnotmyrealemail.com> wrote in message
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> '02 Accord 4dr. in at dealer getting some work done - new LR caliper and
> front sway bar links. Service writer says the mechanic noticed that the
> converter bolts were rusty. $108+tax (13%) For bolts.
>
> I like my bolts rusty.
>
> a


13% sales tax? What a government rip-off! Storm the king's imperial castle
and demand a rollback to something fair...


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Old 15 Sep 2009, 04:39 pm
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a <a@thisisnotmyrealemail.com> wrote in news:qvPrm.44073$Db2.32928
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> '02 Accord 4dr. in at dealer getting some work done - new LR caliper and
> front sway bar links. Service writer says the mechanic noticed that the
> converter bolts were rusty. $108+tax (13%) For bolts.
>
> I like my bolts rusty.
>




Are these the spring bolts? If so, they tend to get really thin once the
rust eats away at them for long enough. This is possible in a car that's
had 7 eastern-Canadian winters under its belt. If the bolts break, the
exhaust aft of the cat can fall down get damaged.

I'd ask the Service Advisor to show you what they look like.


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Old 15 Sep 2009, 05:28 pm
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Tegger wrote:
> a <a@thisisnotmyrealemail.com> wrote in news:qvPrm.44073$Db2.32928
> @edtnps83:
>
>> '02 Accord 4dr. in at dealer getting some work done - new LR caliper and
>> front sway bar links. Service writer says the mechanic noticed that the
>> converter bolts were rusty. $108+tax (13%) For bolts.
>>
>> I like my bolts rusty.
>>

>
>
>
> Are these the spring bolts? If so, they tend to get really thin once the
> rust eats away at them for long enough. This is possible in a car that's
> had 7 eastern-Canadian winters under its belt. If the bolts break, the
> exhaust aft of the cat can fall down get damaged.
>
> I'd ask the Service Advisor to show you what they look like.
>
>


I believe so - but I'll do them myself for much less $$.

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Old 15 Sep 2009, 05:28 pm
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Red Garnett wrote:
> "a" <a@thisisnotmyrealemail.com> wrote in message
> news:qvPrm.44073$Db2.32928@edtnps83...
>> '02 Accord 4dr. in at dealer getting some work done - new LR caliper and
>> front sway bar links. Service writer says the mechanic noticed that the
>> converter bolts were rusty. $108+tax (13%) For bolts.
>>
>> I like my bolts rusty.
>>
>> a

>
> 13% sales tax? What a government rip-off! Storm the king's imperial castle
> and demand a rollback to something fair...
>
>



Well, we *do* get free healthcare...

;0)

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Old 15 Sep 2009, 07:25 pm
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> Tegger wrote:
>> a <a@thisisnotmyrealemail.com> wrote in news:qvPrm.44073$Db2.32928
>> @edtnps83:
>>
>>> '02 Accord 4dr. in at dealer getting some work done - new LR caliper
>>> and front sway bar links. Service writer says the mechanic noticed
>>> that the converter bolts were rusty. $108+tax (13%) For bolts.
>>>
>>> I like my bolts rusty.
>>>

>>
>>
>>
>> Are these the spring bolts?



>
> I believe so - but I'll do them myself for much less $$.
>



Then don't buy cheapo aftermarket ones.

I think you'll find it's the parts that are the bulk of the price you were
quoted.

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Old 15 Sep 2009, 07:27 pm
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a <a@thisisnotmyrealemail.com> wrote in
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> Red Garnett wrote:
>> "a" <a@thisisnotmyrealemail.com> wrote in message
>> news:qvPrm.44073$Db2.32928@edtnps83...
>>> '02 Accord 4dr. in at dealer getting some work done - new LR caliper
>>> and front sway bar links. Service writer says the mechanic noticed
>>> that the converter bolts were rusty. $108+tax (13%) For bolts.
>>>
>>> I like my bolts rusty.
>>>
>>> a

>>
>> 13% sales tax? What a government rip-off! Storm the king's imperial
>> castle and demand a rollback to something fair...
>>
>>

>
>
> Well, we *do* get free healthcare...
>
> ;0)
>




That "free" health care is awfully expensive.

Taxes that go towards health care are a BIG reason Canada's standard of
living is 75% that of the US.


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Old 15 Sep 2009, 07:36 pm
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"Red Garnett" <red@nospam.net> wrote in
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> "a" <a@thisisnotmyrealemail.com> wrote in message
> news:qvPrm.44073$Db2.32928@edtnps83...
>> '02 Accord 4dr. in at dealer getting some work done - new LR caliper
>> and front sway bar links. Service writer says the mechanic noticed
>> that the converter bolts were rusty. $108+tax (13%) For bolts.
>>
>> I like my bolts rusty.
>>
>> a

>
> 13% sales tax? What a government rip-off!




You bet.

But it's not technically entirely a "sales tax". The OP lives in the
Canadian province of Ontario. 8% of that 13% is a direct sales tax by the
province (state). The other 5% is a federal goods and services tax.



> Storm the king's imperial
> castle and demand a rollback to something fair...
>



That may happen sooner rather than later.
The current tyrant...Premier, sorry...is not too popular just now, and
there's an election coming soon. (A Canadian Premier is equivalent to a US
Governor, but with **WAY** more power.)



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Old 15 Sep 2009, 07:45 pm
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Tegger wrote:
> "Red Garnett" <red@nospam.net> wrote in
> news:h8onhe$5c6$1@news.albasani.net:
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>> "a" <a@thisisnotmyrealemail.com> wrote in message
>> news:qvPrm.44073$Db2.32928@edtnps83...
>>> '02 Accord 4dr. in at dealer getting some work done - new LR caliper
>>> and front sway bar links. Service writer says the mechanic noticed
>>> that the converter bolts were rusty. $108+tax (13%) For bolts.
>>>
>>> I like my bolts rusty.
>>>
>>> a

>> 13% sales tax? What a government rip-off!

>
>
>
> You bet.
>
> But it's not technically entirely a "sales tax". The OP lives in the
> Canadian province of Ontario.


Point of order! Nova Scotia. ;0)

The Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) is administered by the federal government
and applies to all goods and services with some exceptions. It combines the
federal Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 5 per cent and Nova Scotia's
"value-added" tax of 8 per cent.

Quotes around "value-added" are mine.

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Tegger wrote:
> a <a@thisisnotmyrealemail.com> wrote in
> news:ryUrm.45167$PH1.10777@edtnps82:
>
>> Red Garnett wrote:
>>> "a" <a@thisisnotmyrealemail.com> wrote in message
>>> news:qvPrm.44073$Db2.32928@edtnps83...
>>>> '02 Accord 4dr. in at dealer getting some work done - new LR caliper
>>>> and front sway bar links. Service writer says the mechanic noticed
>>>> that the converter bolts were rusty. $108+tax (13%) For bolts.
>>>>
>>>> I like my bolts rusty.
>>>>
>>>> a
>>> 13% sales tax? What a government rip-off! Storm the king's imperial
>>> castle and demand a rollback to something fair...
>>>
>>>

>>
>> Well, we *do* get free healthcare...
>>
>> ;0)
>>

>
>
>
> That "free" health care is awfully expensive.
>
> Taxes that go towards health care are a BIG reason Canada's standard of
> living is 75% that of the US.
>
>


Well then so are taxes that go toward the debt, and education - they are
significant expenditures for government.

Who uses "standard of living" anymore?? Not even Economists. Standard of
living is just GDP per capita which is not an accurate measure because it
does not differentiate between consumer and capital goods; it does not take
income distribution into account; it does not take account of differences
in the economic goods and services that are not measured in GDP at all; it
is also crippled by the vagaries of translating income measures into a
common currency for comparison.

GDP - the sum total of goods and services sold in a country. Hmmmm, you
think the *massive* amounts of money spent on defence in the US (on a per
capita basis) might skew the USs GDP up a tad? The US accounts for more
than 50% of global military spending, but don't have quite 50% of the
population of the planet, so this tends to skew standard of living.

That healthcare system is a big part of why Canada consistently ranks in
the top few countries to live in (in non-Canadian studies):
http://www.mercer.com/qualityofliving

Are we perfect? Far from it. But we're pretty damn good.

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