Unfortunately, I lost my job recently and been trying to rely on ride share to put food on the table, but of course this caused wear and tear on my car. I recently found both front lower control arms needs changing, and the prices i got on this range from (almost 2000$ from pepboys) to 400-500$ from others and this includes parts.
I am really trying to get the best price due to circumstances, if someone knows someone who knows a good mechanic that can help and is affordable, it will be very appreciated. I am trying to know how much parts and labor cost separately.
That information will not do you much good. Parts from different suppliers can vary a lot. Just concentrate on the total price. I would say avoid chains and franchise places. Also if you are thinking of having someone install parts you purchase that means they do not have warranty the parts or labor.
I replaced the control arms on my brother’s 2008 Toyota just a few weeks ago
The bushings were shot . . . to the point that you could feel it in the steering, and you heard ominous noises every time you went over bumps or a pothole
Sure, a bushing would have been cheaper, but an entire arm is easier to replace at home, versus extracting the old bushing and putting a new one in. Yes, I do have the tools at home to replace just the bushings, but it’s my time and my body. A good quality aftermarket arm complete with ball joint can be had for a reasonable price
And I do a lot of suspension repairs on our fleet vehicles, many of which are a lot newer than your 20-year old Corolla
So just because a vehicle is only a few years old doesn’t mean it isn’t due for a lot of work
I would suggest to OP that “good quality… for a reasonable price” part pretty much disqualifies many cheap sellers on eBay, as their quality is “unknown” at best, but more likely is “not good”.
If OP drives a lot, Toyota OEM may be the best bet, to give years of reliable operation.
Another good point in the thread above was that the best bet is to make the mechanic to procure the parts needed and to let them give a warranty on repair rather than bring your own parts and go for “no warranty” labor only.
Probably the worst combination of parts/labor would be to buy parts off eBay and to let a shady guy to install it: no warranties, almost guaranteed to fail fast.