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Old 08-07-2012, 06:14 PM   #1
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Cost to install front struts?

I purchased the ford racing (frpp) damper kit from Tousely Ford. Total price delivered here in northern Il was 172.00. They were shipped yesterday and arrived today. Couldn't believe how fast they got here. I stopped in at the local alignment shop to get a price on installing the fronts and an alignment. He quoted me a price of 231.00. Does that seem high? I didn't check anywhere else because this guy has always done great work for me. He wanted another 140.00 to install the rears. I installed the rears myself here at home in about 30 minutes time each. I got to thinking and figure that if I had purchased the materials from him the price probably would have been in the 600.00 range for oem materials. Can that be right? I am wondering if he is maybe charging more labor because I did not purchase the parts from him. Just curious how some others might feel about the price he quoted. Too high? In the ballpark? What do you think?


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Old 08-07-2012, 06:19 PM   #2
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You can figure about $100 for an alignment which means hes figuring about 2 hrs labor. seems reasonable for shop time.
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I purchased the ford racing (frpp) damper kit from Tousely Ford. Total price delivered here in northern Il was 172.00. They were shipped yesterday and arrived today. Couldn't believe how fast they got here. I stopped in at the local alignment shop to get a price on installing the fronts and an alignment. He quoted me a price of 231.00. Does that seem high? I didn't check anywhere else because this guy has always done great work for me. He wanted another 140.00 to install the rears. I installed the rears myself here at home in about 30 minutes time each. I got to thinking and figure that if I had purchased the materials from him the price probably would have been in the 600.00 range for oem materials. Can that be right? I am wondering if he is maybe charging more labor because I did not purchase the parts from him. Just curious how some others might feel about the price he quoted. Too high? In the ballpark? What do you think?
Here in Michigan, shops have to go by book time, meaning they look up how long it takes to do anyjob on your car and charge you the amount of time it says multiplied by their hourly rate. So they generally don't make a lot of money on the labor, they make most of their money onthe parts. They get a discounted price from a parts store and then double it to make money. My 2 cents are if they have given you good service in the past go with them, it's hard to find a good place to get your car worked on.
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Thanks for the input. I made the appointment at the time he quoted me. Regardless of overcharging, as long as it was not out of line, I would have gone through with it. The added comfort of knowing I will be getting reliable quality workmanship is worth a little extra to me. The front price did not seem too bad to me as there is obviously some extra work involved. The rears are what blew me away. 140.00 for what took me a little over an hour with a floor jack and air tools seemed over the top. I just wanted to make sure I was not being taken advantage of. The local Ford dealer did my timing belt and water pump last week for 510.00. They were the first Place I checked for price and the last. I thought that was pretty reasonable for dealership work. My car has been a great runner and has not required any big repair bills until now, so I am a bit out of touch with current pricing. Thanks again!
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Sounds about right. Before I decided to do my springs myself a shop in town told me it would be a little over $300, and I don't believe that included an alignment.
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I installed my FRPP kit myself after ordering it from Steve at Tousley. I just followed the howto on this forum and it went well.
Biggest whore was renting a spring compressor and putting the front springs onto the strut
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