The reason I originally posted this is I have a 1997 Astro odometer reads
107,000 miles and received sticker shock from Sears.
I purchased the van 13 months/17,000 miles ago. After my inspection, the
shocks do not look like they were replaced recently before I bought the van.
Since our friendly SEARS has everything and they advertised 50% off Monroe
until October 11 including a mail-in rebate, I drove to the nearest Sears
Oct. 9. Monroe has Buy 3 Get the 4th Free Mail-In Promotion valid October
5th through October 25th 2003.
The money was burning a hole in my wallet for the piece of mind going into
Winter. I was ready to make a purchase of 4 shocks installed until the
clerk advised me to bring the van back after the sale Wednesday October 15.
His excuse their mechanics complain the rear shocks are supposedly difficult
to remove. He said since Wednesdays are a midweek and slow day, it would be
convenient for me to leave the van all day and they would honor the sale
To arouse my dismay some wet behind the ears kid chewing gum told me his
store has problems installing rear shocks on 97 Astros. During my 37+ years
working on my own vehicles I have installed shocks on Astros and other
American vehicles with out major difficulties other than the usual skinned
My motivation was to have Sears install the shocks for $12.99 ea. to save me
skinning my knuckles. Their Monroe regular selling cost is $39.99 ea.
before their sale markdown to $31.99 ea. The gross amount including
markdown before rebate and Ohio Sales Tax for the front & rear LT shocks
installed is $179.92. Their rebate on light truck shocks is $8.00 each.
$179.92 less rebate (4 X $8.00) $32.00 equals $147.92 net. Sales tax now is
Feeling like I am a mystery shopper while trying to keep my comparison apple
to apples, I could bite the bullet and maybe leave the vehicle all day for
their chronic complaining staff to tackle.
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