How much should I pay to have my engine replaced I already bought a used engine

Asked by Aug 06, 2016 at 11:04 PM about the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited AWD

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

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The labor rates in most retail shops must cover the shop overhead, plus make enough above that for the shop owner to make his money. These costs are usually very high. Amounts of from $60 at the lowest to over $100 per hour are typical, depending upon the shop, it's location, it's reputation, and just how much 'fancy' it displays to the public. The actual cost paid to the mechanic is usually less than half what you pay the garage. Most mechanics only can make a maximum of from $20 to $30 per hour on any work they do. If you are paying someone who will do the work on the side for you where you are not paying him on a business payroll, paying out anything for him in taxes as an employee, You can probably pay a person from $10 to $15 per hour. The big issue here is just how many people would you need to do the job. An engine change requires more than one person for the major tasks in that job. Only one is the mechanic, while the other is the helper. He doesn't get as much pay as the mechanic. On the side work helpers can be paid as little as $5 per hour. In both instances, a flat rate pay can be agreed upon. With a flat rate charge being based upon the amount of time it takes to do the job. A good mechanic that knows your car design well, and has changed that engine model before can usually do the job in just one full day of work. (With a good helper, of course.) I look at flat rate payments for doing a job such as this at costing me a total of anywhere from $150 to $250 for both the mechanic, and the helper. If it takes them two or three days to do the job, that is still all they get. I won't usually pay hourly rates as I might be paying a full week for two people, and I know the job doesn't take that long. You must understand that when you hire a person to do work for you, an individual, you do not have to pay an overhead for a business. One individual hires another individual to do a task. (Would you pay overhead rates for a person to come in to help you clean your home?) It wasn't so many years back that the common rate to change an engine, or transmission in this way was only a total of about $60 for the job. These days it is just over double that amount for the one you choose as the mechanic. Of course, none of this applies if you take it to a garage. An independent garage (repair shop), or a dealer garage have many expenses that drive the cost very high. Such a place doing the job would seldom do it for less than $750 to $800 as a base price. Some would even be double that cost. You also mentioned having the 'cherry picker'. To have the engine hoist is nice, and necessary if you do not have an overhead hoist, but do you have all the hand, and air tools too? Such a job takes a number of 'good' tools. Are they provided by you, or the mechanic? If the mechanic provides them, he would have to haul in a large chest for all that he would need. If he doesn't have what he needs at hand, the job takes longer. It could add to the cost to you if this isn't planned out well in advance. In any event, you can come out with less expense this way than what the other garage was going to charge you. They should have been honest up front. The money you borrowed to fix the car should be enough to actually do this job.

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WHY would you need a new engine for. 2014 car??

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Warranty work, No fee. 5 yr/60,000 mi basic, 10 yr/100,000 mi powertrain. Hyundai one of the best warranties.

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