Piss Taking US Pricing

Well have you factored in the Mechanic labor rate? in NY it averages 35$ an hour. I change my brakes all the time

Oil changes also not that hard to do yourself
I know, I know................but, the Mrs say's go and take it to a dealer. I have restored car's, helped build and maintain racecars, did the driver course, fixed army vehicles in the middle of nowhere with chewing gum and a racing spoon.
 
Brake job? Do it yourself. I am doing the wife's this weekend (the fact that her Father's estate has now cleared probate, and combined with the life insurance policy, has no bearing on this).
 
The majority of that cost is labour charge, $80 to $100 an hour depending on where you live and the stealerships are even pricier. I do the majority of the work on our vehicles myself, hell of a lot cheaper.
$130 an hour.

I used to do most of my own work in the UK as the house we lived in had been previously owned by a chap who restored cars and the garage came with professional quality inspection pit with full length lighting.
 
Your shouldn't be paying more than £100 for all four corners for quality pads , at least not in the UK.
 
Contrary to popular belief the prices here are not cheaper than everywhere else in the world. I just went along to get the lad's brake pads changed on his Mini, being me, before I went I checked online how much OEM pads cost = $273.00 for all four corners.

The dealer wanted $776.40.

Out of interest I called a well known dealership in the UK and asked how much = $440.00. I converted the price to USD.

Piss taking twats. Looks like I shall be teaching the offspring how to change brake pads.
What...His time and effort aren't worth something? :? :-D :mrgreen: Yeah, you ought to teach your sprog a few basic maintenance procedures. It gives him(her?) a sense of accomplishment that he did it all by himself. And it means one less snowflake who's broken down on the road with no clue as to what's wrong with his plastic mobile.

I did my brake job on my Dodge 4x4 truck. drums rear on a Dana 60 and discs on the front on a Dana 44. Piece of piss.
Raybestos Metallic Heavy duty brake pads $22.79 x2

or you can splurge for reman calipers with pads and installation hardware. Cheap as chips.

Centric Reman brake calipers w/ pads & hardware $50 each or $100 total with $20 core charge
It helps being a mechanic w/ tools, but it's simple enough.
 

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Contrary to popular belief the prices here are not cheaper than everywhere else in the world. I just went along to get the lad's brake pads changed on his Mini, being me, before I went I checked online how much OEM pads cost = $273.00 for all four corners.

The dealer wanted $776.40.

Out of interest I called a well known dealership in the UK and asked how much = $440.00. I converted the price to USD.

Piss taking twats. Looks like I shall be teaching the offspring how to change brake pads.
Did you not ask what it would be in pesos? Ay yi yi!
 
Your shouldn't be paying more than £100 for all four corners for quality pads , at least not in the UK.
I know, I checked the price of pads before I went and they were $273 for OEM from an Indy Mini specialist.
 
Compared to Canada, the US is cheaper on many things even when exchange is taken into account. You could be smuggling heroin, guns, or even Mexicans into Canada and all the border agents give a shïte about is if you have cigarettes, booze and how much you spent which has led to a national complex here it seems. I used to think it was a myth about how Canadians cross the border to buy clothing and shed what they wore over and cross back in their new threads until I saw it with my own eyes. I went to throw a drink container in a bin at a mall parking lot in Port Huron and noticed it was full of clothing and shoes......
And that is taking into consideration that the Loonie is less than the Buck!

I have good friends living in Collingwood, Ontario. Back when their kids were growing at a good pace they would come down to visit and buy new CCM skates made in Canada here in Massachusetts as they were a lot cheaper. Also clothing as in Massachusetts there is no tax on ordinary clothing.
 
On a serious note, I am so past paying for stuff I can do myself. Prices for parts and labor are taking the piss.

many moons ago, some twonk took off my electric operated nearside mirror, completely, the dealership quoted me £271, extra to fit, and they said It would take I complete day.. A leading car components supply company sold me one for £74, over the trade counter my son fitted it in ten minutes.
 
On a serious note, I am so past paying for stuff I can do myself. Prices for parts and labor are taking the piss.
In Pennsylvania I was quoted $6500 to change the house fuse box. So I went and did the sparky course after 6 months I had enough knowledge to replace the $450 fusebox myself over about 5 hours. I was subsequently told that the max I should have been quoted is $1600 and that the bloke must have thought I was fresh off the banana boat with my english accent.

Later, in Texarrse, I had work done to my air conditioning system and was charged $1200. Being ethnically half porridge wog, and possibly as tight as @MrBane, I decided that it may be worth my while doing the aircon course part-time for the sake of my wallet. Doing the course I discovered that the 'large respectable telly advertising firm' who did the work for me installed two $8 components when they billed me $1200. I now also service my own A/C systems..................fcuking robbing b'stards.

Plumbing, drainage and gas work I already know, I just hate paying people for stuff that requires not much knowledge and just some confidence to get a grip of. If you employ a trade/labourer here in Texarrse you do not see much change out of $1000 - $1500 a day............makes British plumbers look positively charitable.
 
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In Pennsylvania I was quoted $6500 to change the house fuse box. So I went and did the sparky course after 6 months I had enough knowledge to replace the $450 fusebox myself over about 5 hours. I was subsequently told that the max I should have been quoted is $1600 and that the bloke must have thought I was fresh off the banana boat with my english accent.

Later, in Texarrse, I had work done to my air conditioning system and was charged $1200. Being ethnically half porridge wog, and possibly as tight as @MrBane, I decided that it may be worth my while doing the aircon course part-time for the sake of my wallet. Doing the course I discovered that the 'large respectable telly advertising firm' who did the work for me installed two $8 components when they billed me $1200. I now also service my own A/C systems..................fcuking robbing b'stards.

Plumbing, drainage and gas work I already know, I just hate paying people for stuff that requires not much knowledge and just some confidence to get a grip of. If you emply a trade/labourer here in Texarrse you do not see much change out of $1000 - $1500 a day............makes British plumbers look positively charitable.


You are vindicating my answer on another thread, about trade skills being relatively more important than academic skills in the world outside the office, and blue collar workplace. Those that can ,do, those that can't, and who think its beneath their dignity, and peer acceptance protocols, will pay through the nose. single mums, the old folk, and any sap who looks like a div is susceptible. Unfortunately, there are scumbag tradesmen, who exploit this ignorance, of sometimes basic DIY skills, and will have the brass face to confront a suit whose breaker has tripped, and rip him off, same with all household related breakdowns. Big maintenance firms, but not all, even more so, as they have an office staff and a fleet of vans to pay for. My Father, Brother and myself all certified and licenced tradesmen all gave an honest service, my father especially, who was one of only 3 small family run firms, who operated in the central west end of london, he spent 60 years there. we have all now retired.
 
You are vindicating my answer on another thread, about trade skills being relatively more important than academic skills in the world outside the office, and blue collar workplace. Those that can ,do, those that can't, and who think its beneath their dignity, and peer acceptance protocols, will pay through the nose. single mums, the old folk, and any sap who looks like a div is susceptible. Unfortunately, there are scumbag tradesmen, who exploit this ignorance, of sometimes basic DIY skills, and will have the brass face to confront a suit whose breaker has tripped, and rip him off, same with all household related breakdowns. Big maintenance firms, but not all, even more so, as they have an office staff and a fleet of vans to pay for. My Father, Brother and myself all certified and licenced tradesmen all gave an honest service, my father especially, who was one of only 3 small family run firms, who operated in the central west end of london, he spent 60 years there. we have all now retired.
I actually like learning and being able to stand self-sufficiently when the poop hit's the fan so I am with you. When I first started fixing up houses around 30 years ago I had no DIY skill's, bought a Readers Digest DIY book and tool's as I needed them from Homeb@se. I did not have a clue and sometimes had to do a job twice but, I was determined to do as much myself as possible - much of it is just about having the confidence to give it a go.

Over the years I picked up skills as I went, did a 10 week evening plastering course, 6 month evening bricky course, I did the plumbing course and gas course as I always seemed to get silly quotes for boiler swaps. British Gas used to quote around 5 grand to do a boiler swap so I thought it was worth investing my time to learn how to do that along with installing kitchens and bathrooms. There are plenty of evening courses out there which will teach people new skills and save them money when working on their homes and cars, many of them are actually quite cheap to attend too - I did a C&G Mig welding which cost me around 100 quid and the advanced plumbing course received govt subsidy the year I registered and cost me a whopping 18 quid.

Can't beat skills, get out and get some. Why would you want to give your hard earned cash to someone for a job you can do yourself if you practice a bit.
 
I like dropping engines, transmissions and changing them and stuff - have a few mates over for free pizza and beer over the weekend to help with, so growing up around the D was a skill I did acquire, though, admittedly, I have been out of touch it for a while with all my desk based jobs...but I am sure can get back into it if needed.
 
I like dropping engines, transmissions and changing them and stuff - have a few mates over for free pizza and beer over the weekend to help with, so growing up around the D was a skill I did acquire, though, admittedly, I have been out of touch it for a while with all my desk based jobs...but I am sure can get back into it if needed.
But you don't like working to pay for the NHS that you keep using?
 
$130 an hour.

I used to do most of my own work in the UK as the house we lived in had been previously owned by a chap who restored cars and the garage came with professional quality inspection pit with full length lighting.
I am having a vehicle hoist installed in our polebarn in September so I can do all the under the vehicle work myself. Hell even the cost of having say a new exhaust installed is silly prices. As an old pal of mine used to say . "Veterinarians and Mechanics, like licenced to print money"
 
$130 an hour.

I used to do most of my own work in the UK as the house we lived in had been previously owned by a chap who restored cars and the garage came with professional quality inspection pit with full length lighting.
The going hourly shop rate in my region of Ontario is still on the low side, 70-90.00 CDN, dealers just under a 100.00.....
 

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