Below is the estimate I get for these repairs. My estimate DOES NOT include the fuel fill vent valve as my program does not list this component. The estimate comes to $980 labor & parts, EXLUDING the fuel fill vent valve as I said. Your estimate really looks pretty reasonable if this is from a dealer. If it is just a local repair shop than I would suggest getting other quotes first.
December, 3, 2009 AT 3:00 PM
Thanks for the quick answer. I'd just to clarify the point about it not being expensive " for a dealer.&Quot; Would it make sense to take it to a local repair shop instead if I have that option? How much more expensive are dealers than regular repair shops and is there some advantage that I get from going to the same dealer I bought the car from after all warranties are up?
December, 3, 2009 AT 3:06 PM
The average dealer labor rate is $70 an hour (what my estimate is based on). The average small reputable repair shop labor rate is around $50 an hour. When you add that $20 difference up for the labor hours, it will save you quiet a bit. The only real difference between a dealer and the repair shop is the simple fact that people tend to " trust" a dealer more with the repairs. Unfortunately, even dealer techs make mistakes on repairs sometimes. With these repairs that you are needing, however, they are fairly easy yet timely repairs. Any reputable repair shops and dealers alike can make this repair with ease. If not they should find a new job. That is what leads me to advise in getting a repair shop quote, ensure they are ASE certified and do a little background check to see if they have a good or bad reputation in town. It will save you big in the end. Hope this clarifies things a little more.
December, 3, 2009 AT 3:10 PM
I'll definitely look into it.
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