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Old 04-19-2013, 08:02 AM
 
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Hello folks,

Recently got my car serviced at a local car mechanic and he suggested few replacements. I checked the cost of the parts online and he seemed to be charging me much more, plus labor is $98/hr. Since these replacements are going to cost me about $2000, I would like to know if this labor charge is fair enough for Hartsdale, White plains area.

How much your car mechanic charges? Would you like to recommend me one?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Harrison
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When I got hit by someone running a stop sign last year several people recommended Vincent's Service Station in Mamaroneck. They were great, extremely easy to deal with (insurance payments and such) and I have no complaints.
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Old 04-24-2013, 03:44 PM
 
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You have 3 choices:
1) Certified car repair shops: the cost is in the range you have been quoted. They will mostly do a reasonable job, use original (or at least good after market) parts and will provide warranty for the work performed. Labor costs are in the $90-$100 per hour range. These places do not offer significant discounts.
2) Uncertified or unrecognized places. These folks may install used parts and the people who work on the car are a hit or miss. Next day you may find their doors closed. They offer significant discounts and you may work with them on a package deal for the entire job. Their "warranties" are shady at best.
3) Backyard or home garage - usually retired mechanics, or people who work as a hobby. This may be your best deal if you find someone good. The two mechanics I know of, have a waiting list of several months and are not accepting new clients...
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Old 04-25-2013, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Pleasantville, NY
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It's common practice for a shop to mark up the cost of the replacement parts. Some will use OEM and some will go aftermarket. There are pros and cons for each. Some vehicles work better with OEM equipment, and some work fine with either. Often aftermarket is cheaper than OEM.

The markup from shop to shop, will vary. Some will tack on a few bucks, some will add 30%. The additional markup is to cover the costs of the shop obtaining the parts - they don't keep everything in stock so it has to be ordered or picked up at a local parts store. So gas to go to the parts store and back, or cost of shipping...

I had my car inspected at a shop (that I will NEVER visit EVER again, but that's unrelated to this story) and they said I had a bulb out in the back. Either the license plate or parking lamp. For the two dollar bulb that I needed, they billed me six bucks. Not thrilled, but they did it without my approval and it was necessary to pass inspection.

Back on topic... the shop that I used to repair my car when it was in an accident, is located on Lake street in White Plains, right by the 287 overpass. I don't recall the name though. I used to live near there and always saw very nice and expensive cars come out of there, and the work they did looked great. They did a great job on my car. I don't recall the cost of the repairs because insurance covered it.
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Old 05-03-2013, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Mt. Vernon, NY
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When I got hit by someone running a stop sign last year several people recommended Vincent's Service Station in Mamaroneck. They were great, extremely easy to deal with (insurance payments and such) and I have no complaints.
Vincent's did some work on my previous car and it was sub-par. The paint wasn't blended well, the bumper gap was larger than it should have been, there was some bowing in the bumper as well. A few months later the paint work they did began to peel/flake. I wouldn't go back to them.

Wish Auto Service in Mamaroneck is fantastic. The owner/employees are Japanese so sometimes there is a bit of a language barrier, but the work they do is absolutely top-notch. I'm an avid car enthusiast, as are most of my friends, and we all trust Wish Auto Service with our vehicles. He's done work on my friend's DINAN BMW, my roadster and another friend's Mazda. Prices are reasonable and the work is fantastic. I don't bring my vehicles to anyone else.
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Old 05-03-2013, 11:10 AM
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Perhaps go to the dealership and see what they would charge.
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Old 05-03-2013, 11:12 AM
 
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i have been to vincents they are hit or miss. i been going to meineke at 166 Fulton St White Plains, NY 10606. they do pretty good work can fit on the price a bit .
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