Is honda service overpriced?

XeithPaladin

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Hi, I just got my front brakes rotors and pads replaced. I got charged 650 for this service. I think it was expensive or it is the price? I usually only trust in official car maintenance services. It was a bad deal? I already did it, but if you think I pay too much what is a good place to get this kind of job done? Also I was reading on internet about this and prices can be from 300 too 500 depending brands, I like OEM parts so for me is ok to pay a little bit more to get original parts. Thanks.
 

Alex12

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Hi, I just got my front brakes rotors and pads replaced. I got charged 650 for this service. I think it was expensive or it is the price? I usually only trust in official car maintenance services. It was a bad deal? I already did it, but if you think I pay too much what is a good place to get this kind of job done? Also I was reading on internet about this and prices can be from 300 too 500 depending brands, I like OEM parts so for me is ok to pay a little bit more to get original parts. Thanks.
You got ripped off big time. A nice brake kit which includes front rotors and pads bay better tha oem is around $150-200 plus do it yourself which is free and requires max 2 hours or you can pay a local mechanic $100 max to do the job for you. Your labor was probably $300 plus which is crazy overpriced. It was a Honda dealership? If so then you know that the dealership is a rip off. I ONLY use dealership as long is a warranty work. Anything else I do it on a local mechanic if I can t do it myself. I hate paying overpriced stuff.
 

elelegido

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Hi, I just got my front brakes rotors and pads replaced. I got charged 650 for this service. I think it was expensive or it is the price? I usually only trust in official car maintenance services. It was a bad deal? I already did it, but if you think I pay too much what is a good place to get this kind of job done? Also I was reading on internet about this and prices can be from 300 too 500 depending brands, I like OEM parts so for me is ok to pay a little bit more to get original parts. Thanks.
I'm about to replace the rotors on my Corolla. A quality (EBC brand) rotor kit (rotors + pads) costs $90 online and I'll fit them myself. Total cost $90.

To answer your question, yes, you got ripped off, big time. Service shops love doing brake jobs because it's very easy work with huge profit margins.

BTW, manufacturers like Honda don't make brake parts - they buy them in. So when you buy "Honda OEM" brake parts in the Honda bag or box, they're parts made by a specialist such as Nissin etc, and rebranded as Honda. It's the same thing with other specialist parts such as tires - your Honda will come from the factory with Goodyear or Bridgestone etc, not "Honda" tires. So as long as you buy a good brand of brakes, just like tires, you're fine.
 
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jerseyboys

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Yes, go online like Amazon and buy the parts yourself. Then take it to your local mechanic. They will just charge you for labor. Much cheaper.
 

chevelle454

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They charge a buck 85 hour service and use Honda parts. so using Oem that's not bad if they replaced the calipers. After market rotors calipers and pads and 3 hours of your time and you tube video to watch how it's done about 225.with the core charge on the calipers
 

atthehop

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Yes, go online like Amazon and buy the parts yourself. Then take it to your local mechanic. They will just charge you for labor. Much cheaper.
Better check with your mechanic before buying parts, not all mechanics will let you supply your own parts because if something goes wrong or does not fit who are you going to blame? I know of any reputable shop that will let you supply parts. If it is a back yard mechanic and the brakes fail and you have an accident, God forbid someone gets killed, who takes responsibility? I do all the work on my personal vehicles, I refuse to work on anybody's vehicles that could expose my assets to a lawsuit.
 

observer

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That shiny new dealership is paid for with YOUR money. From what I have read dealers don't make their money on car sales, they make their money on warranties, routine maintenance and part sales.

I needed a hose for a BMW the other day. Dealer cost, $350.00 FOR ONE HOSE. I bought it at a parts warehouse, $160.00. (Helps that I work at said warehouse :biggrin:). Mechanics cost was about $200.00.

Same exact BMW hose. In BMW packaging. With BMW part number and sticker.

Some dealers also use aftermarket parts and not OEM. Ask if they will be using factory parts.

Check your reciept and figure out how much was labor. Some shops charge $100.00 an hour, 3 hour minimum.
 

Beebsbob

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Hi, I just got my front brakes rotors and pads replaced. I got charged 650 for this service. I think it was expensive or it is the price? I usually only trust in official car maintenance services. It was a bad deal? I already did it, but if you think I pay too much what is a good place to get this kind of job done? Also I was reading on internet about this and prices can be from 300 too 500 depending brands, I like OEM parts so for me is ok to pay a little bit more to get original


That's way to much I am a auto tech and I run a shop in Keyport.. I could of done them for $300
 
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No_Username

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Going to the stealership does have an advantage. I go every 25k miles for an oil change just because they do the whole look over and inspection of the car. Then they tell me what's wrong and what needs to be fixed and I either do it myself or take it to an independent shop
 

XeithPaladin

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Better check with your mechanic before buying parts, not all mechanics will let you supply your own parts because if something goes wrong or does not fit who are you going to blame? I know of any reputable shop that will let you supply parts. If it is a back yard mechanic and the brakes fail and you have an accident, God forbid someone gets killed, who takes responsibility? I do all the work on my personal vehicles, I refuse to work on anybody's vehicles that could expose my assets to a lawsuit.
This

And now I am aware that I got ripped... but how can you trust those local mechanics, I heard a lot of stories about they don't change parts, they don't change oil, etc etc. After 22k miles this is my first expensive car service ever. Now I have this experience I have to find a honest mechanic. Do you guys can recomend me one in hudson or bergen county?
Something else, I trust Honda services because they have technology to inspect the car so they can diagnostic the damage. Do local mechanics have the same technology?, I heard sometimes mechanics detect a problem but 2 days after, that was not the problem and you have to expend even more money and time fixing something that was supposed to be fixed.

And btw,

Labor was 150 and yes they did replace the whole kit, including calipers, rotors, hose and pads (just the front ones)... 659.99 total... sigh
 
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Skyhakw2472

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I use All American Ford in Hackensack, they do a good job and they take all makes and models as well and relatively inexpensive. I used to go to STS but find the Ford dealership is the cheapest.
 

njn

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There is no way any new car needs hoses and calipers at 22k. They should be a warranty items. Pads and rotors are wear items.

This could be considered fraudulent.
 

Alex12

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This

And now I am aware that I got ripped... but how can you trust those local mechanics, I heard a lot of stories about they don't change parts, they don't change oil, etc etc. After 22k miles this is my first expensive car service ever. Now I have this experience I have to find a honest mechanic. Do you guys can recomend me one in hudson or bergen county?
Something else, I trust Honda services because they have technology to inspect the car so they can diagnostic the damage. Do local mechanics have the same technology?, I heard sometimes mechanics detect a problem but 2 days after, that was not the problem and you have to expend even more money and time fixing something that was supposed to be fixed.

And btw,

Labor was 150 and yes they did replace the whole kit, including calipers, rotors, hose and pads (just the front ones)... 659.99 total... sigh
WHY you needed to change rotors and calipers at 22k miles. The pads will wear at 20-25 k miles in taxi driving mode but the rest? Who told you that you need new rotors and calipers at 22k miles?? I just change my rotors at 70k miles and I got a really nice kit that works better than oem and I paid $160 plus $60 for labor. $240 total and 1 (one) hour labor. Don t ever belive what the dealership or other franchise shops tell you. One time my dealership told me I need a air cabin filter because it was dirty. They take it out to show it to me. (My car was in the shop for a warranty work). I asked how much? They said $65 for a cabin air filter with installation included. I said no thank you. Put it back dirty and I went to a parts store and I got my filter for $8 (EIGHT). Replacing the old one whit the new one took me literally 5 min. I just saved myself $57 at that time. Sey no to dealership or big names shops. Are all the same. The store manager is pushing the crew to bring more money in at any cost even if that means to change parts that are in perfect working condition just to pull out more and more money from naive customers.
 

Coffeekeepsmedriving

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Hi, I just got my front brakes rotors and pads replaced. I got charged 650 for this service. I think it was expensive or it is the price? I usually only trust in official car maintenance services. It was a bad deal? I already did it, but if you think I pay too much what is a good place to get this kind of job done? Also I was reading on internet about this and prices can be from 300 too 500 depending brands, I like OEM parts so for me is ok to pay a little bit more to get original parts. Thanks.
Never ever go to the dealership. You probably only needed brake pads..For About $100..Always check your brake pads and when they get low replace them and you wont need rotors...etc
Try to find a honest mechanic..I know it is hard
 
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