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
A GM dealer may have a parts-and-service manager. He supervises both
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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