So I just had to have my car towed to a shop yesterday when my car wouldn’t turn over after parking, shutting my vehicle off, and coming back to restart about ten minutes later. My car was taken to a shop were they did diagnostics on my car to figure out was wrong. Here is the initial shop diagnostic verbatim on my receipt:
“Check for no start. Found it has no injector pulse or spark. Has no check engine light. Has no power to efi relay. Found no power at ignition fuse in dash. Replace blown fuse and it blew out again. Traced short and found it has internal short in the distributor. Need to replace dist asy/ dist cap and rotor - done.”
My question is this - is it reasonable that I payed $610.54 (after a 5% AAA discount) for labor and the replacement of the distributor asy (?), cap, and rotor? They have a $99/hour diagnostic fee, and it took an hour and a half to figure out what was initially wrong. The cost break-down according to my receipt is as follows:
Job01 Check no start - labor $148.50, mini-fuse-s $6 , Job02 replace dist asy - dist asy-s $291.82, shop supplies misc-n $10, dist cap-s $29.06, rotor-s $8.80 = total balance due (with $297 labor, 345.68 “non taxable”, -32.14 AAA discount) $610.54.
Reasonable price, slightly pricey, or did I just get straight hoodwinked? (Side note, the shop is AAA approved, and has high ratings on the community board here on Car Talk and Yelp.)