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
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