Are we being overcharged?
We have a 2006 Hyundai Accent. We were driving yesterday when the car stalled and
would no longer start. We got a free tow to the nearest dealership where we were informed
that the timing belt had broken, causing some of the pistons in the motor to be damaged.
The repair was estimated to us at $1900, which we can not afford. Is this a realistic
estimate, or are we being overcharged? Is it worth it to seek help elsewhere?
The timing belt in the Accent should be changed every 60K for this reason. If in fact the diagnosis of a broken timing belt is correct, then I'd say the estimate is correct. The Accent has an interference design engine which means that when the belt breaks, there is an almost 100% certainty that a piston will introduce itself to the bottom of a valve and either bend or break that valve. This means that the entire head, if not the entire engine, will have to rebuilt at a hefty cost, probably anywhere from $1000- 1900. Ask a couple of independent shops near you how much they would charge. Good Luck!
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