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Old 08-11-2017, 04:18 PM   #1
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Air Conditioning Compressor 1650.00!

An independent repair shop, Christian Brothers Automotive quoted me 1669.00 plus tax for New Compressor, aluminum filter drier with pad mount, expansion valve, compressor oil and recharging the system. Any thoughts on this? Seems high.
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Extremely. Yes. Get another opinion.
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An independent repair shop, Christian Brothers Automotive quoted me 1669.00 plus tax for New Compressor, aluminum filter drier with pad mount, expansion valve, compressor oil and recharging the system. Any thoughts on this? Seems high.

That's about right for that job from a shop.


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with those parts, plus the labour and the discharge/recharge, I wouldn't expect much less.
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Slightly more than what we normally do that kind of job for. It isn't cheap.


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Big $$ day comes when you have to pull the dash to get the evaporator core out. A lot of people overlook how expensive a full a/c job will cost.


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with those parts, plus the labour and the discharge/recharge, I wouldn't expect much less.
Thats around $2170 Cad and then add another 15% tax on top of that for a total of $2490??? I find that really high,
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I was able to buy an entire compressor kit Includes: New Compressor, aluminum filter drier with pad mount, expansion valve, compressor oil for 528.00 plus tax, which just goes to show how big of a rip off most mechanic shops are.
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Who's going to do the work? Any quotes yet?

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I was able to buy an entire compressor kit Includes: New Compressor, aluminum filter drier with pad mount, expansion valve, compressor oil for 528.00 plus tax, which just goes to show how big of a rip off most mechanic shops are.

It's not a rip off. You get what you pay for. Cheap compressors and driers ect. Get what you pay for promise you that. If your doing the work yourself, make sure you buy a vacuum pump.

More goes into a proper a/c job then swapping out parts


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If his system totally crapped out after just 5 years, its probably not any "cheaper" of a system than what Ford put in it to begin with, if this is the case.

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so 1000 for labor, knowledge, wtty, tools (including some specialty), a building and misc is a rip off? How much do you make (counting benefits)
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Sorry. This is why I learned to work on my own stuff. $300 in parts. Call it a day. Yes. I can work on AC systems. I have all the proper tools. They can kiss my big behind for $1650.
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You get what you pay for. Cheap compressors and driers ect. Get what you pay for promise you that.


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Yeah, that's the same song and dance the local shop gave to explain the rip off parts prices. Seems to be what they generically all say to justify the price gouging. If you google it, you will see only one parts mfg makes and sells a kit, so almost guaranteed the parts are exactly the same! 550.00 is the most expensive and only compressor kit they make for this model car. Chances are most shops probably stick whatever part is available at the local distribution warehouse regardless of quality.
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You do understand a shop does have bills employees to pay ect correct? A lot of people seem to forget that. You go to them. They don't come to you so.............

For instance I have to pull a dash out that's a automatic 400-500 depending on vehicle regardless. Or hey you can do it yourself.


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How much an hour you charge?

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How much an hour you charge?

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What does a local dealer charge?

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Yeah, heard this excuse too. When a shop is charging more than double of retail for a part, that's an issue. They are buying the part at a discount as well. My opinion is a part should be no more than +50 percent of what the customer can buy it retail.
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An hour? 100-115 for most


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Yeah, heard this excuse too. When a shop is charging more than double of retail for a part, that's an issue. They are buying the part at a discount as well. My opinion is a part should be no more than +50 percent of what the customer can buy it retail.

Got to make a living big guy. They come to you bottom line. Bc they couldn't do it themselves. Or attempted to and yea lol


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Yeah my local dealer here is 105, mind you thats only about 73 Usd.

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Air Conditioning Compressor 1650.00!

Ac jobs are where the money is at. It's been that way for awhile.

Never seen a 50% markup either. Usually 20-40

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Yeah, heard this excuse too. When a shop is charging more than double of retail for a part, that's an issue. They are buying the part at a discount as well. My opinion is a part should be no more than +50 percent of what the customer can buy it retail.
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The mark up on parts is crazy!
When I had my gears done the shop wouldn't install them unless I went through them for the gears, even after telling them its a sealed new part! Luckily the mark up wasn't to bad on them, something like $75, but still.
Depends where you go, I've seen much higher!

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Yeah my local dealer here is 105, mind you thats only about 73 Usd.

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Some jobs have a set price also vs hourly. Lift kits for instance. $100 per inch of lift.

6 inch =$600
8= $800
2.5 level kit $250
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Found a site called yourmechanic.com and got this quote. Way cheaper than the shop quoted me by 50%!
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How far is your car out of the 36 months and 36k warranty?
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I'm probably going to hear about this post but I'm with Rapinator and Recon.
I've been helping a friend who manages one of the nations largest chain of auto parts stores and I can tell you that all of the parts on that list are not USA made. The compressor has a "Limited" warranty and is reman and all of the parts that say "OEM" quality...sorry, it ain't true. I'm not sure what or where the shop you got you quote from buys its parts but if it's not OE or one of the companies that manufactures the parts like BWD and supply them to the OEM...I'm pretty sure you'll be replacing them again. The store my friend manages sells almost $350k per month and a good %10 of the parts come back for warranty replacement like alternators, batteries, starters, AC compressors...etc.
If I were a real employee my cost on the list you posted would be $398.87 which is below jobber net...pencil that out and the shops labor at $298 must be around $50/60 per hour...I wouldn't walk, I'd run from a shop charging $50/60 per hour.
One other thing, try and get a warranty return on parts you put on by yourself...unless you are ASE certified.
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Im going to give a simple example of absoulte price gauging on parts from either you local dealer or local shop. This part right here is the hose with the check valve that helps prevent your water pump from disaster. Went to my local Ford dealer to order the part, $165 ****ING DOLLARS! I don't care if this part was made on the ****ing moon, it a hose!!!
Bought the hose from a member on this site for $10, but when I installed it I re used the same pinch clips that held the Oem hose on. After a 20 minute drive I smelt antifreeze and pulled over, being at night I thought the pump was leaking but later realized it was just the clamp, but I called another Ford dealer just in case to see what the damage would be for a new water pump installed, $437 tax in,$185 for the pump the rest was labour ect.
$185 for the whole pump vs $165 for a rubber hose!!!!
Just food for thought.
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^^^prices of things can be real whacked and change for no apparent reason.

two recent examples I've seen: bathroom vent fan the cheap ones used in factory bathrooms. I needed a new fan motor and found it at Lowes for $17...I thought that was a good price till I looked and the entire unit (box/grill/fan/blade) was only $15.

Toilet paper at Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0040ZFAQ0...ing=UTF8&psc=1

case of 80 for $45 and 160 rolls for $225 = 2x the rolls for 5x the $.

bonus fun fact: I've seen them offer it under different buying choices as being available used!!!!! I was scared to click on it but when I did (and there was very little $ difference) it ended up being damaged boxes.
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Too add insult to injury that hose in the pick was more than $100 cheaper and was shipping out of Nevada if memory serves correct, and was shipping to my door.
Its just crazy!
Btw thats a lot of tp😀
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I was able to buy an entire compressor kit Includes: New Compressor, aluminum filter drier with pad mount, expansion valve, compressor oil for 528.00 plus tax, which just goes to show how big of a rip off most mechanic shops are.
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I'm probably going to hear about this post but I'm with Rapinator and Recon.
I've been helping a friend who manages one of the nations largest chain of auto parts stores and I can tell you that all of the parts on that list are not USA made. The compressor has a "Limited" warranty and is reman and all of the parts that say "OEM" quality...sorry, it ain't true. I'm not sure what or where the shop you got you quote from buys its parts but if it's not OE or one of the companies that manufactures the parts
If you read the beginning of the thread, the compressor kit I bought was a new compressor kit, not reman. This is just more of the smoke and mirrors generic speak that all these shops give to rip people off with no proof or evidence their part is any different.
I was able to buy an entire compressor kit Includes: New Compressor, aluminum filter drier with pad mount, expansion valve, compressor oil for 528.00 plus tax and lifetime warranty. I can take it to another ASE certified technician and get it installed with 3-4 hours labor. Only one company I've seen sells the compressor as a kit.
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There is a lot of *#@! at work.
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If you read the beginning of the thread, the compressor kit I bought was a new compressor kit, not reman. This is just more of the smoke and mirrors generic speak that all these shops give to rip people off with no proof or evidence their part is any different.
I was able to buy an entire compressor kit Includes: New Compressor, aluminum filter drier with pad mount, expansion valve, compressor oil for 528.00 plus tax and lifetime warranty. I can take it to another ASE certified technician and get it installed with 3-4 hours labor. Only one company I've seen sells the compressor as a kit.
I was referring to the quote you got from this company www.yourmechanic.com, and as it states..."Remanufactured Aftermarket" next to the AC Compressor.
If you can do this work yourself and have the tools why would you take it to a shop for a quote?
It's like changing the timing chain in my Mini Cooper, the BMW shop wanted $2,350. I bought all the BMW parts for $200 and did it myself...it took this 70+ year old 3 days to accomplish and I worked my tail off. I did it in the car and they would have removed the motor/trans. Next time I'd take it the shop and let them work on it...and I'd get in the car and drive to the coast for a couple of days and enjoy myself.
Good automotive shops are few and far between and if you think the shops are ripping you off...go work in one for a week...then come back and ***** and moan about high prices and charging $100 per hour!
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Good automotive shops are few and far between and if you think the shops are ripping you off...go work in one for a week...then come back and ***** and moan about high prices and charging $100 per hour!
That's totally false, there are tons of good mechanics and shops out there! Nobody was moaning about paying 100.00/hour for labor, it was about paying double retail for parts. This job should have not been more than 1200.00, period. The part is only 550.00!
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