I know only slightly more than your average soccer mom about what makes an automobile get me from one place to another. Last night, en route to a gig, I pulled away from a light only to hear the very distasteful sound of a muffler gone completely kaploowi. I'm used to that kind of thing happening gradually, but this was out of nowhere. Didn't even hit a NYC pothole or anything. Just happened all at once. My guess (hope) is that a pipe simply came detached. (note: the gig was a benefit in a boathouse in central park for super rich people, it was great pulling up to the door with my beat up honda and no muffler ) The mechanic question now. I moved last year and left my mechanic behind. I don't trust mechanics. I've been robbed. I've been told a job will cost me $600 and when I said "no way" the mechanic said "OK. $300". More than once that's happened. I've had things fixed that didn't need to be fixed. I've overpaid. I've also driven cars around for days trying to find the right deal and wound up spending more in estimates and gas than if I just got the damn thing fixed at the first place I went to. How do ya'll deal with finding mechanics that don't suck, cheat, lie and steal. By the time I get back to this thread I'll have visited meineke and midas. Hopefully I'll have a wonderful tale of some great guy that says, "Oh, your pipe just came loose, I'll hook it up for ya - no charge." But I'm dreading the possibility of, "yep, the whole things shot. Can't do anything but replace it all, catalytic converter, the whole 9 yards. Gonna run ya about $850." That's a freeeeeeking Bongo bass practically!!!!!!!!!!!!! I really don't want to throw out that kind of money, which I don't even have, on an exhaust system. I'm sayin my prayers and headin out. Again, how do all of you choose your mechanics??? Any suggestions if the car aint fixed yet whence I return? Thanks.