Hi all: Driving home yesterday, the dashboard on my 2012 Sonata started lighting up like the Fourth of July. A few moments later, the power steering went kaput. I got it to a shop this morning, and as I expected, they said the alternator needs replacing.
They offered me two price points, inclusive of labor (2 hours): $720 for a Bosch or $430 for a “lower-quality” option, which he couldn’t quite remember the name of but thought was a “Vivano” or something (he needed to call back the lot to confirm). I’m guessing maybe he meant Valeo, but I’ll verify in the morning.
Do those prices seem reasonable, and am I OK going the cheaper route? The price tag for the high-end one sort of shocked me, though I did notice that for whatever reason alternator repair costs reported online for Hyundai Sonatas often seem a little higher than for other makes and models. I’m also in DC, which is not a cheap town generally…
Appreciate any opinions!