Hi everyone. Would appreciate any comments.
I went to an independent shop recently for an oil change; I trust the guys there (family-owned with a good rep. and good reviews on the mechanics files). I have been switching between shops trying to find the right fit. Been to these guys in the past for things other shops could not fix and they are good diagnosticians. I own my subaru so I want to keep it in good shape and running as long as possible; I don’t know much of anything about cars. Was shocked when I got the bill:
mileage ~35,000 (bought new):
reline rear disc brakes, clean and lubricate calipers, slides and all hardware. bleed and adjust system. $110
install new ignition cable wire set $70
tune engine and remove and replace parts $125
lubricate chassis, check all fluids, tire pressures and oil change/filter $15
platuinum spark plugs 4 x 11 = $44
brake pads x 1 = $120
wire set = $120
air filter = $35
total cost came to around $750!
The charges seemed kind of high, so I was a little concerned. I was told that when someone brings a car in, “they check everything”. I paid the bill and the car is running like new. Is this a fair charge? I am willing to pay a fair price for my safety, but I’m not made of money…would you recommend changing shops (especially since I have another car and not sure if I can afford to maintain both at these prices), or should I return since they seem to do good quality work and I would like to keep the car running smoothly and avoid future problems? Thanks again…