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Old 04 December 2006, 19:39   #1
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Did I get ripped off?

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For the first time in 40 years I decided to have one of my cars serviced by a garage.
Have a 2003 Isuzu Rodeo V6. with 78,000 miles. Work included: replace timing belt and water pump ( was told always replace w/pump) replace headlight bulb. They tacked on replacement of two radiator hoses as they said they were weeping. I was horrified at the cost of $687.00 US. To be fair that did include picking the car up from my wife's place of work, driving her home after work and coming to our house to collect her to pick it up. I am new to this "pay for repairs stuff" Is that a reasonable price for the work done? either side of the pond.
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Old 04 December 2006, 19:45   #2
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350 Sounds about right for British prices to do that type of work. In actual fact it's probably cheap.

Only you can decide if you where ripped off tho.
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350 Sounds about right for British prices to do that type of work. In actual fact it's probably cheap.

Only you can decide if you where ripped off tho.
Ahh but remember it seems cheap to us because the $ is so very weak at the moment. Taking into account average wages etc it would be more like 500 in the UK. For a main dealer that would probably be about right but who in their right mind would use a main dealer unless the car was brand new?
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who in their right mind would use a main dealer unless the car was brand new?
Someone who got an aftermarket warranty with a used car. They specify main dealer servicing.


I don't think we can really comment if we're in the UK. I thought it was quite fair having seen Isuzu spares prices but that's here-not in the USA.

Last time I checked the price on a genuine Isuzu waterpump it was 150ish (with pattern at 50)
(That was for a 2.0 diesel though)
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I ran the sales department at a Saab dealer for a time, so I beleive I have decent sense of repair pricing, dealer and otherwise. Timingg belts are often a PITA to access. Not hard to do, but often require more disassembly/reassembly of bits that are in the way of an otherwise straightforward job. IMHO, that price seems about right. Perhaps a tad on the high side, but certainly not a rip-off, particularly considering the service they provided. Typically a shop that will provide that level of service is going to do quality work, so paying a few dollars more is worth it. Again, IMHO...

Replacing the radiator hoses is either a case of "throw it in to up the bill", or more likely, a heads up, eyes open approach to the entire cooling system as they replaced the pump. No good shop wants you coming back 2-3 months after they replaced the water pump griping about them not noting bad hoses while they were at it. You'd be more upset that they missed something like that!
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Probably in the area of $115/hr labor rate, isn't it?

Figure a couple/three hours minimum, and, though it's expensive, isn't all that far out of line.

Welcome to the wonderful world of car repair.

Going to an independent garage may help a bit on the labor rate (and somewhat on parts pricing), but you may well find yourself lacking a vehicle for a few days while they await parts.

Sorry to hear about the hit your wallet took;

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Thanks to all

I guess that on balance I did not get ripped off. yes, it was an independant and the work was done same day. Price for water pump was $189.00 US ( verified factory part) and $53.00 for the timing belt. Still hurts tho. I guess my arse will sqeak all the way to the bank door to pay the Visa bill. Does WD 40 sting?
Regards and thanks.

PS. Using the dollar/pound conversion rate really does not work. In my experience the pound and dollar have about the same purchasing power in their respective countries. IE. 1 pound of sirloin steak costs $3.00US or 3 pounds UK.
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PS. Using the dollar/pound conversion rate really does not work. In my experience the pound and dollar have about the same purchasing power in their respective countries. IE. 1 pound of sirloin steak costs $3.00US or 3 pounds UK.
Depends on what you are buying - for locally produced stuff then yes. Otherwise I would say no. I have been looking at a new digi camera - $650 in the US - 340 in the UK.

Buying stuff made in the US is a serious bargain but if it's stuff that has been imported INTO the USA then it's a different story - the waek $ makes stuff from the Far East much more expensive.
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