How much is a reasonable cost to replace the radiator hoses (both upper + lower) in my Toyota RAV4?
I recently went for a service and the mechanic said that both upper and lower hoses were soft and needed replacement. A quick google search showed me that the cost of the parts was just about $25 - however, the mechanic said he would charge $200+ for this task. Is he trying to take me for a ride?
Asked By: Zapata - 5/7/2007
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Look up Chilton's Labor Guide and see how many hours a skilled mechanic should use to do this job. Multiply the number of hours by the shop labor rate, about $85.00/hr with a 1 hr minimum, add the cost of the hoses with a 30-35% profit margin and you will come up with about $200.00. When you stop and consider that the... More
Answered By: httnmrtt - 5/7/2007
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Even if you double the parts cost and double that again to account for about one hour shop time, the bill should be less than $120. I know conservative maintenance is to replace them after 4 years of use, but today's hoses are better than they used to be, and my opinion is to go 7 or 8 years before replacing them. Some... More
Answered By: bobweb - 5/7/2007
This is the cost you pay when you have someone else do your work. unless you have a lot of money it is an easy job to do yourself. go to napa or any parts store and buy the hoses for about 15 bucks. Are you getting ripped off or hosed in this case I think you already know the answere.
Answered By: bungee - 5/7/2007
he is an a** don't do it!!!!
Answered By: calvin_tyler_l - 5/7/2007
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