Hello! Thank you for reading.
I recently took my Highlander in to the dealership because a belt was screeching upon start up. They offered me a free inspection and I seek advice on their recommendations after they examined my whip. For the record my car has 170xxx miles and has always been serviced when its needed it. This is what they said and what they quoted me.
Battery (failed load test) - 230$
EEI - 155.88$
Lower Control Arms (bushings cracked) - 1300$
Brake Fluid Exchange (discolored) - 119.88$
First off, 230 for a new battery is way overkill, right? From what I can tell Pep Boys will put a new one in for 100. I’m not exactly sure what “EEI” means, but I assume this was for the new belt. From my research it is the serpetine belt that is usually the culprit for a screech at cold start? 1300 is obviously the biggest charge on the estimate. I know it is expensive labor wise to fix the suspension, but this still seems pretty high. Is this an issue that needs to get solved right away? The mechanic made it seem as if bushings were cracked on most older cars and it wasn’t the end of the world. Lastly, Pep Boys changes brake fluid for 60$, half of what they quoted me.
What do you guys think? Would it be okay to have PepBoys, or some other shop you know, do this work to save money? Is it going to kill my car to hold off on having new bushings put in?
Thanks in advance, Adam