Can someone reasonably explain why a GM dealer's charge to replace the
brake mastercylinder on a '93 Buick is over $500.00 total? Are they
that much better that a mechanic or garage that will replace it for
the service manager and the parts manager and they supervise the service
advisors. We still haven't gotten any pay for the mechanic, yet. Sense a
bureacratic trend? The independent mechanic wears all the hats. s
Expensive parts plus over $100/hour "book rate labor" may have plenty to
do with it.
Personally I would do it myself. If that isn't possible, get a good
independent to do the work for you, but insist on a brand new, not
remanufactured master cylinder. In my experience there are a lot of
marginal quality remanufactured parts on the market. A good Raybestos
or Wagner master cylinder sells for around $100-$150 discounted retail
while a Cardone remanufactured unit is $30-$40.
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