Just occurred to me the calculator in my head is out-of-calibration. Most shops have to charge close to $100.00 per hour to cover all the taxes and government regulations. That means they're charging for just over a half hour per side. For this style link, that's rather optimistic. They most likely went according to a "flat rate" guide. That's a book that spells out how long each job should take. As an example, if one link is listed as taking 0.7 hours to replace, they're going to charge you 0.7 hours labor per side even if it really takes them the full hour. If they invested in specialty tools, or if the mechanic is highly experienced or has invested in advanced training, he might get the job done in less than 0.7 hours but you still get charged the same amount. It's like my haircut. I get charged the same price regardless how much time it takes to cut around the bowl on my head.
Monday, October 17th, 2011 AT 7:38 PM