Labor costs to install rear shocks


#1

I have a 2002 Kia Sedona mini van that is at around 166.000 miles on it. My next item on my list of things to get fixed/replaced is the rear shocks as it’s time and they need it. I have a couple of places in town that I can go and have had good success with and they allow me to bring the parts and they just charge me labor. I will be checking with them later this week to get some quotes on labor charge to replace the rear two shocks (which are shocks and not strutts). I was wondering what would be a fair price for the labor to replace rear shocks and what is the amount of time that I can expect it to take for the work to be done?


#2

Labor rates are regional. You’ll pay more in San Diego then Memphis. Where are you?
Shocks are quicker then struts. My wild guess: 2 hours.


#3

According to alldata.com it’s 1.8 hrs for both. Labor rates are usually posted next to the counter.


#4

I am in Indianapolis IN. The places I go don’t have their labor rates posted, you tell them what it is you want done, they give you a price. Both places I have been do great work and I never have a issue, I was just interested in knowing going in what might be a fair price to install the two shocks on my van.


#5

When you call you can ask the price and ask their hourly labor rate. I would get 2 estimates anyway.


#6

I’m wondering if there is a benefit to bringing the shop your parts. Most shock absorbers and struts come with a lifetime warranty on parts. Will you get this warranty if you bring the shop your parts?


#7

Van has 166,000 miles on it, only plan on keeping it another 30,000+ miles before trading it in, not really worred about lifetime warrenty.


#8

The warranty will be in tact for the purchaser of the shocks.
– but that warranty will not pay replacement labor –
A viable option for some.

Check with the shop to see if replacemant labor is warranteed in either case ( you bring or they furnish parts ) , different shops, different policies.


#9

This will give you a good estimate. Plug in your year, make and model, and your zip code:


#10

Some places offer free installation on shocks if you buy their shocks. I think they’re crazy but they usually employ people who aren’t disabled. If I had to change your shocks…I couldn’t afford to change your shocks.