Shady shady shady. I went in for a simple oil change.
I noticed something was amiss when I saw them jacking my car way up in the garage. One of the guys came in with this gloom and doom report from the mechanic that basically everything was wrong with my car and started listing off a bunch of stuff. Nevermind that I had not asked them to look at any of this and was only there for oil. Anyway, they said it was unsafe to drive and made a big show offering me a ride back to my place because my car was THAT bad.
The place was getting ready to close, so I didn't really have much option but to leave it there or sign a waiver (gets them out of being sued for anything) to drive my car back home. I was suspicious, so I called my mechanic friend immediately upon leaving, and he said they like to pull that act a lot. He actually knew the guy that talked to me, so he agreed to come in with me the next day and find out the real deal.
He looked my car over, and while it did need a few repairs, it wasn't as disastrous as they made it out to be, the car was still safe to drive until repairs could be made, and the report was largely inaccurate in places. His employee friend admitted that they've been having trouble with mechanics pulling stuff like that, so yeah...don't go to the new AAMCO even for an oil change.