Am I getting screwed by the dealership service dept?


Asked by Nov 02, 2015 at 08:30 PM about the 2006 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

2006 chevrolet corvette 105k miles. Was in for service 2 months prior and
with the car on the lift to replace a tire, the tech showed me a power
steering fluid leak which I knew about. No other leaks at the time and when I
picked my car up, I was told everything else was fine. All of the hoses were
fine, I kept the car in great condition, and the only thing they recommended
was eventually replacing the serpentine belt.

All of a sudden last week, it started overheating and dropping coolant. After
cooling down, I added 2 gallons of coolant which went right through. I had it
towed in and this is what the service dept told me. My original guess was the
water pump:

Replace heater hoses (soft)   $440
Replace resevoir (leaking)  $231
Replace radiator hoses (both leaking)  $392
Replace resevoir hoses (soft)  $160
Replace thermostat $208
Coolant hose clamps $65
Total after $60 shop supply and tax------$1665

I feel like Im getting screwed and I would like to make an informed decision
on what to do before I authorize any repairs. Since I cant drive it, it would
have to be towed to another mechanic for a second opinion. That,
combined with the loaner they gave me for convenience, is what I think
theyre banking on for me to just say yes. Any advice would be grateful

3 Answers

Bob Beaman

Not sure as to how much of a do-it-yourselfer you are, but these repairs are pretty easy. I would do it myself, but I recommend you take it to a different mechanic or tell them to fix only what is leaking.


That sounds way,way high. If you can't do it yourself take it to an independent shop for another estimate.


Call NAPA or another car parts shop and price out all the parts yourself. Add in a couple of hours of labor and you have another estimate.

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