You're right. 50 percent markup is fine for a two-dollar part but not for something so expensive. My comments stem from some people who get angry when they find out there is any markup at all. Usually those are people who have never run a business or have any idea of the huge number of expenses they incur. I didn't mean to imply that applied to you but I can see how my comments could be interpreted that way.
To shift gears for a minute, do you have anti-lock brakes? That is the only reason I can come up with for wanting to replace the booster and master cylinder together, but I can't find those parts in my usual sources. They show the booster and master cylinder available separately but with no reference to anti-lock brakes. They don't show the ABS hydraulic controller like they normally do for other vehicles so I can't see if the booster is integral with the master cylinder. ABS was an option available on your van. On my Dodge Dynasty for example, there is no vacuum booster. The power assist comes from pressurized brake fluid and the booster and master cylinder are all part of the hydraulic controller, and that makes it a very expensive part. Could it be you have something similar and that's why they're quoting you such high prices? If that IS the case, you would have been looking up the wrong parts. The two individual parts are for the base brake system without ABS.
Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 AT 11:19 PM