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Old 10-14-2008, 10:54 PM   #1
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Did I get ripped off?

Hey all, as you can see I'm new to this forum. I thought this would be the best place on the web to ask this question since all of you have had service on your Focus at some point and know what to expect

I'm a relatively new car owner (1 year) and haven't needed much work done on my 03 Focus ZX5. I needed new fronts brake & rotors, and an oil change, so I decided to try Midas. I've attached the invoice. Do you think I've been gouged? The price for the pads seems really high, even though they apparently have a lifetime warranty.

Keep in mind that the invoice is in Canadian dollars (so it's around 469.23 USD) and that tax is at a wonderful 13% in my province.


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Old 10-14-2008, 11:00 PM   #2
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Those are some super high prices for brakes, but the answer is, if you couldnt properly do the job yourself, and needed it done. No.


Could it have been done for much much cheaper, yes! Pads are 25 bux at the parts house, not 124, plus their labor charges are sky high.

$50 for an oilchange is ridiculous.
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Old 10-14-2008, 11:05 PM   #3
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Sorry, but the prices are pretty high. Local garage would done the same job much cheaper at the same quality if not better.

Sucks to be ripped off.
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Old 10-14-2008, 11:10 PM   #4
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Apparently they sold me their maintenance package which is oil and filter change, rotate & inspect 4 tires, and a "courtesy check" which includes a visual brake check, battery, air filter, fluid, belts & hoses...

So you guys recommend staying away from chains and sticking with local mechanics? Sorry, I'm a major newb when it comes to car stuff as I've only had mine for a year.
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Old 10-14-2008, 11:20 PM   #5
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in the maintainence package did they at least do an air change for your tires, precision floor mat alignment, license plate rotation, and did they retune your horn? Then I'd say it was a solid deal... all kidding aside though ask around for a reputable local shop, they're your best bet, tends to be too many idiots at chain places most of the time.
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Old 10-14-2008, 11:30 PM   #6
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Wow...That's ruff.

I would say...yes you were ripped off. But.... Don't fret we've all been there, I personally was ripped off when I was a newb. (charged $75 for an AC check when all they did was hold a temp gauge in front of my vents)

Take it as a lesson learned, but on the plus side it's one less thing you'll have to worry about for another 45,000 miles etc.

My advice, is to start changing your own oil ;)

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Old 10-15-2008, 12:25 AM   #7
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Awesome, thanks for confirming my suspicions guys. I'm definitely going to try doing some more stuff myself, but in the meantime I'll shop around for an honest mechanic.

I lol'd at the precision floor mat alignment comment
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I used to pay through the nose for maintenance on my focus... not anymore I saw no point in paying a bazillion dollars to have things done when I could do it myself... although I have to admit the last time I needed front brakes I had firestone do it only because they had a special for the breaks for $99 installed thought that was worth it
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At those prices you'd be better off getting your work done at the stealership. We've all been there though and learned those lessons the hard way. Like others have said, just ask around and find yourself a trustworthy garage and build a relationship there.

Also, next time a shop gives you a quote on a part, call around to your local autoparts stores and see what they are charging for the part. That's a good way to find out if you're being ripped off.
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I knew that Canada was higher, but damn.
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