Wierd thing is it seems like my oil is laking from multipule places. Definitly the valve cover gasket but it als seems like oil is leaking from the front part of the engine block where the engine meets the pullies and what not.
$1500 is not expensive for head gasket. You need to consider what it takes to change them. They have to do the following:
1. Drop the engine out the bottom.
2. Pull of the valve cover
3. Remove the Intake manifold.
4. Remove the timing belt.
5. Remove the head.
You say yours is leaking from valve cover and several other places, how many miles have you got on your engine? Well, not only did they replace the head gasket, they also replace the water pump, oil seals around the camshaft, valve cover gasket, Spark plug gasket, etc..... They basically replaced everything that could potentially cause an oil leak.
The front part of the engine block is wear the oil seals around the cambshaft are located.
So if you think $500 is expensive!!!!!! What do you think it should cost to replace just the head gasket and nothing else!!!!!!