I just replaced the upper control arms, upper ball joints, and lower ball joints on my Ranger. I borrowed the required tools from the local shop and it cost me about $110 for parts and $70 for an alignment ($180 total). I called up the dealership to see how much they would charge for the service. They ball parked me at $1200 - $1500. feelsgoodman.jpg Also, thank you to the good people of youtube for posting your how to's. Word to the wise though, watch multiple videos and look up safety procedures. Some people's hearts are in the right places, but they show people how to do things incorrectly and often dangerously. Saw a video of a guy climbing under his car that was supported my nothing other than a cheap hydraulic jack, with no wheel blocks, on a healthily sloped surface... Danger Will RobinsonPosted by Hydrasin
The issue is you're paying them for the time it takes, and they charge extra if they have to buy the part.
My dad's method was always, get a quote, find out how much if he supplies the part as well, and if he can do it himself for less than a few hours work, he would.Posted by Turpskadey
Fixing cars is easy unless something goes wrong, which can happen pretty easily. Then a quick job turns into a nightmare.Posted by marbarkar
$150 sounds reasonablePosted by Fuckedfromabove
If you guys knew how much mechanics like me pay for the tools to fix your fucking shit box cars you would shut the fuck up and stop complaining about how your 1993 buick shakes at 87mph and we put a shitty china made tire on it 4 years ago and its our fault your car with 283k miles on it doesn't run like new FUCKPosted by turboruckus
Worked as as a Heavy Equipment Mechanic Apprentice of sorts for a large rental and repair company. Our labor rate was about 170 an hour, parts were naturally expensive for the customer and I only made 12 dollars an hour out of that. They still charged that rate even if I was working on it and it was something super simple like an 1000 hour maintenance. So basically they made a lot of money off of me... :/
On a side note. You can pretty much do just about any repair yourself with a little knowledge, a good set of tools and patience. Google everything if unsure, some larger used bookstores and auto part stores sell repair manuals... it can be done for cheap!.Posted by jestjokin890
As a guy that runs a repair shop... Good for you. Tech time is expensive. Trust me.Posted by One10soldier1
It was a missing gas cap.Posted by saxet7
Reminds me of the time I took my car to a Goodyear service shop for an annual inspection on a 3 year old car. I informed the mechanic I removed the wiper fuse because i needed it for something else (my shitty radio.) The asshole mechanic gave me an estimate for $649.00, I flipped the fuck out. All it needed was a wiper fuse and new blades. They wanted to redo my entire electric system when it needed a fuse, cost $600. New blades and installation: $49.
I drove to Autozone, bought new blades (which I returned because mine were fine) and replaced the wiper fuse, went back and they passed it. I cannot imagine how many people get swindled by scumbags like this everyday. I've since learned to do a majority of my own repairs, including a quoted $1200 brake/rotor job i did for under $100.Posted by NiceBreakfast
Here is what the linked memedad.com meme says in case it ever becomes unavailable:
>|Post TitlePosted by memedad-transcriber
:| My first attempt at fixing a car myself. I hope I'm not back here in a week with BLB...| >|-:|:-| >|Top
:|MECHANIC QUOTED ME $150 | >|Bottom
:|*FIXED IT MYSELF FOR $15 * |
A dealership once offered to replace my cabin air filter for $90. Wondering what that was and how difficult it would be to replace, Youtube. Opened the glove box, there is cabin air filter. The filter cost me $5.
On a side note, they showed me "my" dirty cabin air filter. the one in my car was not the one that they showed me. never went back.Posted by th33ntertainer
> - MECHANIC QUOTED ME $15O
> - FIXED IT MYSELF FOR $15
^^These ^^captions ^^aren't ^^guaranteed ^^to ^^be ^^correctPosted by CaptionBot
Not uncommon. Car parts aren't that expensive usually. Mechanics' time, however, is very pricy.Posted by NinjaBuddha13
Give us more information OP, we don't know if the mechanic was an asshole or what. For example a head gasket would cost like £10 but would be several hours of labour.Posted by HoracioDuck