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Old May 6th, 2009, 09:11 AM   #1
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MIL's water pump went out. The shop they had it towed to wants 600 for the water pump, thermostat (which is on bottom of motor and only about 1 yr old) and towing.

I feel that price is a little high. What are your thoughts.
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Old May 6th, 2009, 10:43 AM   #2
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From the dealer.
For a 4.7

Water pump $123 Water pump gasket $7.20 Thermostat $16.70.

Not sure what the labor is but yea $600 seams high.
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Old May 6th, 2009, 10:52 AM   #3
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he is putting her between a rock and a hard spot. If she goes somewhere else it 75 for looking at it and 80 for towing so she will be at the same price.

Its a shame because my family has been going to this guy for 25+ years. I told him to go ahead and do it but we will not be back for any more work. My MIL has spent 2-4,000 in the last year there. They wonder why some small business go under.
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That's not cool.

He's probably getting the pump and t-stat for under $70. There's no way there's $500+ worth of labor there.

We had a sweet shop around here that was super reasonable and did great work. Then he sold it. The new owners go by book time and want close to dealer rates for labor. You don't see the amount of cars there that you used to.

What's the name of the shop?
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God forbid they make a profit on the parts and labor.

It does seem kind of high, but they are going to mark up the parts and charge the associated labor. I'm probably assuming the book time is at least 2 hours, which can be up to $200 depending on the labor rate, tow bill can easily be almost $100, and then you have parts around $150 to $200 including shop supplies, and then tax.

$600 doesn't seem to far off now. If anything, have them break down the price.
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I could do it for half that price.
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God forbid they make a profit on the parts and labor.

It does seem kind of high, but they are going to mark up the parts and charge the associated labor. I'm probably assuming the book time is at least 2 hours, which can be up to $200 depending on the labor rate, tow bill can easily be almost $100, and then you have parts around $150 to $200 including shop supplies, and then tax.

$600 doesn't seem to far off now. If anything, have them break down the price.
Of course they're supposed to make a profit. It's a business. But, it's an independent shop, not the dealer. It's also a Dodge truck, not a Land Rover or bmw. You can bet the shop isn't getting that water pump from the dealer either.

$600 is still way off.

Parts, marked up 100%= $150.
2 hours labor=$200.
Towing=$80

That doesn't come close to $600.
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Of course they're supposed to make a profit. It's a business. But, it's an independent shop, not the dealer. It's also a Dodge truck, not a Land Rover or bmw. You can bet the shop isn't getting that water pump from the dealer either.

$600 is still way off.

Parts, marked up 100%= $150.
2 hours labor=$200.
Towing=$80

That doesn't come close to $600.
$500 with tax is pretty close.

He might be throwing a coolant flush or something else in there too. That's why Silver Bullet should get a break down from the shop on exactly what he's doing, cost of parts, and the labor time. Without that there's no way to tell.
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Is it legal to tax 6% on a marked up parts price?
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Is it legal to tax 6% on a marked up parts price?
Yes. If it wasn't, about every retailer would be breaking the law.
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Is it legal to tax 6% on a marked up parts price?
The repair shop usualy gets the parts wholesale and doesn't pay tax because they are reselling the parts. They then add thier mark up and charge tax on parts and labor. Yes legal.
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The repair shop usualy gets the parts wholesale and doesn't pay tax because they are reselling the parts. They then add thier mark up and charge tax on parts and labor. Yes legal.
you can only charge tax on parts nothing else
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you can only charge tax on parts nothing else
Yup your correct. Got a little ahead of my self.
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The state must love the sales tax revenue.
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