I just went off on someone who called, which I try not to do but seriously, use your brains.
Caller: “My car just broke down nearby, its a 1996 Buick Century. I think it needs a fuel pump, approximately how much would that be?
Me (in an irritated voice): “Don’t call around asking for prices on a repair that you have no idea is a correct diagnosis. Someone will tell you $500 on the phone and you may only need a relay but they’ll charge you $500 anyway because they already gave you a price. Call around and find a mechanic you trust instead.”
Caller: “Oh, ok.” click.
It was harsh on my part but I get this type of call all the time and it is the exact wrong thing to do. They are trying to find the cheapest job instead of the correct job by a reputable technician. Don’t do it!