Second Opinion on a Price
I have a 06 Sentra 1.8l S with about 95K miles on it. A few weeks ago the front suspension started squeaking so I started replacing some parts. I replaced both front struts and both tire rods and the squeaking subsided a bit but not fully. I've figured out that now its the lower control arms, most likely the bushings. Instead of trying my luck with replacing these, I decided I'm going to take it to a mechanic. I went to get a price quote and this is what I got:
$200 for driver-side lower control arm
$160 for passenger-side lower control arm
$320-400 for labor (4-5 hours)
$70 for alignment
Now, I'm less worried about the price he gave me for the control arms themselves, because I have a buddy that can get me them at half price, I just included them to give a baseline for anyone to tell me if he's trying to screw me.
So, is he trying to screw me? I've changed both lower control arms before, in my garage, and it took ME four hours to do it. I'm sort of surprised it will take a mechanic, with all the right tools and a lot more knowledge on the subject than me, to do it in the same amount of time.
Any help is appreciated. Thanks!
Last edited by MJD; 12-16-2011 at 06:41 PM.