My '03 Explorer needs major A/C work (and with the temps this time of year in the high 90s or low 100s, I'm really missing it right now). husband tends to go to big retail shops for his car work and just does whatever they say. First he went to Firestone this morning to drop off the car, but the A/C guy doesn't work on Wednesdays. :-/ So then he drove it up the hill to Pep Boys and left it there. The mechanic called a while ago and said it was leaking coolant and that it needs a new condenser, new accumulator, a recharge of the coolant, and then with labor on the parts it all comes to about $833. I told him thank you and I'd get back to him on what we wanted to do. Meanwhile I got on the phone and called around to some smaller independent shops asking for a bid based on what I was told needed to be done. I just got a call back from one of the places, and they are $250 LESS for the whole job!!! Waiting on one more shop to call back and then we'll go pick up the car later this evening, and I'll probably get the work done this weekend. I guess I was shocked that there was a 30% difference between the national chain and the independent shop! That's a LOT!