What is a reasonable labor charge (flat-rat) to change out a transfer case in a 2001 Tahoe?
Wondering how much I can expect to get charged (# of hours) on my 2001 Tahoe, 5.3 V8,
to change out the transfer case with a used unit.
Define reasonable? There is a given time set for the work. Multiply that time with the cost per hour. Joe's fix it all shop may be able to do it for less, but there is a reason his boys are not working where they can get more money. If you want to not have issues, go to a reliable place that offers a written guarantee. Sometimes spending more to fix it is really cheaper in the long run. Start with a Chevy dealer for the cost and go from there to compare pricing. If I know of a great garage to do the work and they are honest and reliable, and cost less, then I go there. Sometimes I go to the dealer for the expert work.
No way to know. MOST shops charge according to a flat rate that is usually three- four times the actual time it takes to do the job-hence you are paying for their time to BULL-shit, drink coffee, play with the secretary, jack-off, or take a nap under the car at your expense. Times charged are not honest work times. A decent mechanic will be able to beat flat rate times by 50- 75 percent and still get rich doing it. What it amounts to is you are paying for their $ 30,000 Hot Rod as wellas making them a good living
I have been ase certified for 44 yrs and ive seen these cheap skate customers who think auto repairs should be cheap priced , id like to see them spend their money on all the tools needed and the expense of their time to learn to properly repair things and get paid hardly nothing for their labor.
werewolf56, I agree. If you are having eye surgery, would you trust a person that got his degree in Granada last year, or one from Harvard Medical School and has done several thousand surgeries, but charges more? As there are good professionals, and bad ones, so go the car repair business. You get what you pay for. Most failures today or replacement parts is due to the lack of quality control in China. I will pay more for repair parts that are top shelf, and not worry about failure, than saving a few dollars ad getting a less quality part. Past experience has shown, it costs way more in the long run. Even parts that are rebuilt, seem to be done out of the US borders and are usually junk when returned. hoza1126, if you get this, let us know what happened in 2015 on your repair.
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