I was quoted $600 to have both front ball joints replaced on my 2001
Civic (price also includes wheel alignment, which I'm told would be
necessary with the job). I live in Buffalo, NY. Does this seem like
a fair price? A quick google search makes me believe the job should
cost closer to $300 or so...
We get lots of snow/ice, road salt, and potholes galore up here. Road
maintenance is near non-existent between November and March.
Things like ball joints don't last around here at all.
As for the price, I would say you should look around for some other
shops, get another estimate or two. You can probably get it cheaper,
though we don't have a LOT of independant Honda shops around here...
Joe - Linux User #449481/Ubuntu User #19733
joe at hits - buffalo dot com
Buffalo has snow and salt galore. (You're hardy!) Eight years of
driving in these and I can see the ball joints needing replacement. Go
ahead and get the second opinion. Or google and see how you can put
the front of the car on jackstands, grasp the wheels and pull and push
on them and do a cursory inspection.
Parts plus labor and the resetting of the toe-in, a complete alignment is
Price it out and check the labor, I bet labor rates are in the $100 range,
which the mechanic will get $20 + benefits of that $100, and beat the time
allowence by 20-30%.
Dealer makes $70/hr on each mechanic....
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