I don't have a shop. I'm an instructor and former mechanic. Around here most shops manage to stay in business by only charging around $100.00 per hour. If you saw the huge list of taxes, insurances, and government regulations they have to comply with, you'd wonder too how they manage, but they do. Dealerships usually charge a little more per hour than the independent shops, but they often get the job done faster because their mechanics are familiar with just the one brand of vehicle and they get factory training on them.
The way to get the most accurate estimate is to visit a shop, but they're going to want to verify the cause of the problem first so they quote you for the right repair. If you get estimates from two or more shops, be sure they're including the same things.
Saturday, July 19th, 2014 AT 10:16 PM