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Old 06-19-2010, 02:31 PM
 
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Default How Much for Tie Rod Replacement?

So, I went to one of the chain tire shops (I know) and got a quote of $357 to replace the left tie rod end on my left wheel. The part is $152, labor is $99 and they are charging me $79 for a wheel alignment as well. Is this decent?
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Old 06-19-2010, 02:38 PM
 
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What's the year, make & model of the vehicle?

$152 for a tie rod end sounds high. $99 for labor is in the ball-park. $79 for an alignment is about going rate.


For the sake of "knowing", I'd get another quote if I were you.
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Old 06-19-2010, 02:41 PM
 
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What's the year, make & model of the vehicle?

$152 for a tie rod end sounds high. $99 for labor is in the ball-park. $79 for an alignment is about going rate.


For the sake of "knowing", I'd get another quote if I were you.
You know what? I just checked the O'Reilly auto parts website and they have a quote of $17 for the tie rod end. I assume you only need one box? If so, that's just insane.
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Old 06-19-2010, 02:43 PM
 
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You know what? I just checked the O'Reilly auto parts website and they have a quote of $17 for the tie rod end. I assume you only need one box? If so, that's just insane.
Actually that's pretty typical of these chain tire stores.

Don't be at all surprised if, when you get it in there, they suddenly find a whole bunch of stuff that desperately needs to be fixed. If they have their way, you won't get out of there for less than $1500.
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Old 06-19-2010, 06:14 PM
 
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Sometimes the dealer is the most reasonable.
I had to get a new transmission for a 94 Ford Bronco, kept getting prices of $2000 with two week warranties. Friend suggested the dealer, Ford wanted $1200 with a 12 month warranty. The transmission was a brand new unit shipped in from Detroit. The others were going to rebuild the old one.
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Old 06-21-2010, 10:17 AM
 
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Well, I bought the part for $17 instead of the quoted $152... my mobile mechanic will install for $50 and I found an independent wheel alingment place to do the alignment for $43. So I get everything for less than the quoted price of just the part! Man, auto shops are the worst sometimes... I can understand doubling or tripling the price as overhead expense but that's ridiculous.
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Old 06-21-2010, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Southwest Pa
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See how much you can save by thinking independently? Well done. Now if you borrowed a pickle fork, had some muscle and a can of spray paint you could have changed it yourself and saved the $50 work charge.

But again, well done.
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Old 06-21-2010, 12:44 PM
 
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Always buy the part you need yourself before taking it to a shop to get it replaced. Most shops are out to get as much as they can from you. I'm glad my cousin does my work for me if I am not able too.
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Old 06-21-2010, 12:54 PM
 
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Always buy the part you need yourself before taking it to a shop to get it replaced. Most shops are out to get as much as they can from you. I'm glad my cousin does my work for me if I am not able too.
Do you also take your own food into a restaurant and ask them to cook it for you because they're "out to get as much as they can from you"?
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Old 06-21-2010, 01:02 PM
 
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[quote=Omaha Rocks;14686722]Actually that's pretty typical of these chain tire stores.

Don't be at all surprised if, when you get it in there, they suddenly find a whole bunch of stuff that desperately needs to be fixed. If they have their way, you won't get out of there for less than $1500.[/quote







Regarding your last paragraph...............Years back that was one of the biggest rip offs tround.

Sears and Firestone ( and many others) would run an add in the paper with a coupon for a really low priced alignment.

When you set up an appointment, they would not do the alignment ,but give your car an inspection and hand you an estimate for a very steep bill to replace just about all the parts in the front of your car.

After relatives went there and got ripped off, I went there.
Yup, they gave me the same estimate despite the fact my car was only 1 1/2 years old.

I have bought many new cars in my lifetime and got over 200,000 miles out of them

Never replaced any parts in the front end of those cars.

That sad,sympathetic, look on their face as they hand the estimate is so fake it is laughable !

A freind of mine has a car repair business, so I asked him if they were lying. He stated they weren't lying, but are decieving.

He likened it to me buying a new pair of workboots. Two months later the shoe store owner takes my workboots and hold a brand new pair next to them to show me the wear.

Sure doesn't mean I need a new pair of workboots regardless how sad and sympathetic the look on his face is.
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