Do You Shop around for Mechanic Quotes? + Safety/RWC Question
I bought a used car recently from an auction (3 months ago, 2014 Mazda 3) which I took to their mechanic and obtained a Safety/Roadworthy certificate.
Today I went in to my local mechanic to have a major service done and was told that the left rear shock absorber was leaking which would need to be fixed ASAP as it would affected the car's safety. In addition, I was told if a roadworthy inspection was conducted today, it would not pass. I asked them how long would this issue have been present for and they said quite a while which begs me to ask, how did the car pass the initial roadworthy certificate when I first bought it?
To have the shock absorber replaced I was quoted $450 which leads me to my last question, do you guys shop around for quotes or do you accept the mechanic's quote and get the item fixed?
(1) How can a car obtain a RWC if there should have clearly been a problem and is the mechanic that issued the certificate liable for anything?
(2) How/Do you shop around after receiving a quote from a mechanic?