Amy emailed in the following tip:
We were recently told that we needed new brakes and rotors on our minivan, but we didn’t have the $346.24 quoted us to replace them. And we had just paid off one of our credit cards so we really didn’t want to throw almost $400 dollars back on the card just days after paying it off.
Instead, we saved a lot of money and gave the business to our local vocational high school. The grand total for getting our new brakes and rotors at the vocational school was only $161.59 — including the labor charge of only $30!
If you want comfy waiting rooms, quick service and a ride back home, this is definitely not the way for you to go. But if you want to save money and don’t mind being mildly inconvenienced, this is a great alternative.
We’ve used the services of this vocational school in the past for other jobs and it really is a fantastic option if you have one close by. All of the work is supervised and inspected by certified teachers who have often worked in their fields for many many years before deciding to teach. -Amy