Battery $150.00 Labor 1.5 Hours $150.00 Total $300.00 plus tax.
How can the high labor at a local garage cost to replace a battery on
this car be justified ?
They wouldn't or couldn't explain why it would take more that 1 hour
to replace the battery.
I am going to check prices at the MB dealer.
If a connection to a computer is required because the battery is
temporarily disconnect why not connect another battery to the system
so the power to the car never gets interrupted ?
One way would be if you brought the car in for
some electrical problem and it wasn't clear from
minute zero that the battery just needed to be
replaced. Like maybe they spent half the time
diagnosing the problem.
Which gets to the issue of why if it was just a
straight battery replacement you'd go to a local
gararge and why you would not get a price up
front. Don't know where you are, but around here
I'd typically check out battery prices online at
Autozone, Advanced Auto, PEP boys, etc and
then get it done there, typically for free.
That is rather unusual. Usually they can come up
with some explanation. How far did you escalate it?
Did you talk to the owner? If you feel they really
screwed you, you can sue them in small claims court
for the $50. Not worth it from the money aspect
and you may not have much of a case, but
sometimes tryng to prove a point is worth it.
That should be interesting.
Hmmm. Now I'm wondering if after the battery went
in they had some problem resetting some system,
alarm, radio, etc so that it worked again and that took
Yes. The other day my car was in for a service at my local Merc dealer. I
had also asked them to specifically check the battery -- which appeared to
be near flat and not able to hold much charge, or otherwise faulty -- and
they also took time to look for factors which might be draining the battery.
That is a wise precaution, methinks, especially if a new battery was to be
Just purchased a new battery from the dealer MB and installed.
Paralled the 2 batteries and installed them. Later disconnected the
I don't know if this procedure is necessary but the car never leaned
that the battery was replaced.
No problems and save the installation costs.
What did that battery cost at the dealer versus other
alternatives? Battery is the last thing I'd buy at
the MB dealer. Around these parts, NYC area, you
can get any battery you want at auto parts stores, etc
at good prices and many of them will test old batteries
and install new ones for free.
OK. I have had both situations in the sense that a (national) breakdown
service had to start me up once and they also had to supply a new battery,
which I let them do. It was some reputable brand - they could not afford to
install anything inferior/below spec, especially as they were also
guaranteeing the work.
Similarlay had new battery put in by a Merc workshop.
Most repair shops, I work at the Factory authorized Dealer, charge "flat ra=
te" prices from a chart by vehicle model and repair description. Virtually =
no one clocks actual time on a repair. Some repairs take less time than cha=
rged some more. No one itemizes the other costs involved in any given repai=
r transaction ie the overhead expenses but for a business to continue they =
must turn a profit.
Always get an estimate for approval prior to repairs and then decide if it'=
s fair or not.