I enjoy your emails and info very much.
My soon to be 88 year old mother had a brake job done (front and back) on
her 1994 Ford Escort. The total bill was $602.97.
The break down is:
2 wheel cylinders – $35.00
Pad – $50.00
Shoes – $30.00
2 rotors – $110.00
Total parts – $234.00
There is also reference to “machine the drums.” This would be included in
the labor charge?
Labor – $352.00
I do not know their hourly rate, but based on $100. per hour, this would
equate to 3.5 hours of labor – to replace old parts with new?
What is the time frame for this job?
Thanks for your help.
I think the prices that you were given are fair, you could have saved a few bucks on some of the parts but for the most part it sounds legit to me.
My labor rate is $75 an hour and would expect this job to take about 2 1/2 hours but the actual “book time” is closer to 3 1/2 hours. The thing is, one of my faster guys could do the whole job in 1 hour. This car is small and the parts are easy to replace, but shops can’t make money that way.
We charge by “book time” so it says it might take 3 hours, we charge 3 hours even though we really hope to complete the job in half the time and profit from our speed and experience.
If they used good parts and the brakes seem to work ok, and you have been dealing with this shop for awhile I would say stick with them.
I probably could have saved you $100 or so using cheaper parts, and cutting some time off the labor knowing that an 88 year old lady owned and operated the vehicle…but most shops don’t “feel out ” their customers like I do…they just do the normal repair like they do for everyone else.
In the future I would make sure the shop knows who the driver is and how little the car gets driven.