Redskins Win wrote:
knapplc wrote:Yeah, I googled - that's where I found out the part costs $17. That means he's charging me at least two hours of labor at $60 per hour, but I can't imagine it would take that long to replace.
If it takes 1 hour and 10 minutes, you get charged for 2 hours
Not necessarily. First of all, repair shops usually charge list prices on their parts. If you can find it on-line for $17, that's probably around what they're buying it for. They in turn will probably sell it to you for around $30-$40. Prices will also depend on what brand parts the repair shop uses. All auto parts are not the same!!!
If you can afford it, get OE (original equipment) parts if you can. If the repair shop you go to buys their parts at Pep Boys or Auto Zone, find a different shop. I would also ask if the repair shops warranties both parts and labor. Any money saved on a lower labor rate or inferior part will be completely wasted if you have to pay labor twice. I say this because a lot of shops only warranty the parts.
If I had to guess, their estimate is probably itemized as:
$40 - washer pump
$90 - 1.5 hours labor
$10 - shop supplies
Without knowing what kind of car you have, and looking at a labor guide, it's hard to tell if it's a fair estimate or not. It's best to ask around to friends and family for a repair shop recommendation. Unfortunately, the best and most honest shops are usually not the cheapest.