Jump to content

Do mechanics really rip people off?


  • Please log in to reply
16 replies to this topic

#1 EssentialBludger

Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:54 AM

I need a wheel bearing replaced. Pretty simple right? DP could do it himself if he were home.

I got 4 quotes: $250, $298, $365 and $595.

FIVE HUNDRED AND NINETY FIVE DOLLARS?!?!?!?! TO REPLACE A WHEEL BEARING?!?! It's an hours work!!

It was a small (not a chain type place) mechanics. Family owned I think. Does this make a difference, or were they trying to take me for a ride?



#2 ellebelle

Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:58 AM

Maybe they didn't want to do it.....standard tradie way of not interested right now.

#3 EssentialBludger

Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:59 AM

QUOTE (ellebelle @ 30/11/2012, 10:58 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Maybe they didn't want to do it.....standard tradie way of not interested right now.


Wow, really? Most people I know are taking all the work they can get right now.

#4 au*lit

Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:04 AM

It's like any industry, there will be people who are honest and those not so honest. There are people who just charge enough to keep their business running and people who charge heaps.

My dad is in the industry and generally recommends not to go to the big chains. He seems to think most people working there don't know what they're doing and charge a premium for it.

The PP might be onto something, they probably can't be bothered to do the job and quoted accordingly.

Also, whether they're using genuine or after market parts can make a big difference to the price, depending on the make of car.

#5 NunSoFeral

Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:04 AM

I've had similar disparity in mechanic pricing, with the smaller individually operated "shops" usually being more costly.

I thought it may have been due to the larger franchises having more buying power when it come to parts and thus being able to offer cheaper prices as a result.
The individually operated shops may not have access to this volume discount from part suppliers.

I have also found on two occassions that my gender affected price costing, as DP was offered a much cheaper repair by the same person/shop with exactly same repair.

I thought the gender price hike was a bit of urban myth - in my experience, on these two occassions, it wasn't.

Fair gave me the tom tits.

Mind you - had loads of repairs over last twenty years, so these two occassions were anomolies.


Edited by gettheetoanunnery, 30 November 2012 - 11:07 AM.


#6 steppy

Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:06 AM

Short answer: Yes

#7 JJ

Posted 30 November 2012 - 12:23 PM

Yes, absolutely. I know someone who is still trying to get their money back from a recent 2k repair that ultimately didn't fix the problem (that was done by another, more honest and far cheaper mechanic later on).

#8 Bluenomi

Posted 30 November 2012 - 12:29 PM

QUOTE (au*lit @ 30/11/2012, 12:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
It's like any industry, there will be people who are honest and those not so honest. There are people who just charge enough to keep their business running and people who charge heaps.


I agree with this.

There is also the part to consider. I got a range of quote for a car repair that required a part. The quote varied hugely because some were quoting based on a cheap part and others quoted based on the brand name part.

#9 FeralRebelWClaws

Posted 30 November 2012 - 01:47 PM

QUOTE (au*lit @ 30/11/2012, 12:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My dad is in the industry and generally recommends not to go to the big chains. He seems to think most people working there don't know what they're doing and charge a premium for it.


I don't agree with this... I know that with DF, his work (that is a chain here in Canberra) they pay far better than the smaller mechanics, so unless they are wanting to work for themselves, it would makes sense that they go to the larger places.

I think in any job you get the competent and the not so competent.

I'd definitely say the costing of parts comes into it.

#10 MrsLexiK

Posted 30 November 2012 - 01:59 PM

QUOTE (EssentialBludger @ 30/11/2012, 11:59 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Wow, really? Most people I know are taking all the work they can get right now.

I know my DH's work is so busy right now, unlike his mates in the building industry or construction industry since he got back into it (from the construction/building industry) they have been packed every day.  I suppose people might not be buying new houses but are still getting their car serviced (and usually not going to the dealership - as in the car brand dealership as they are more expensive if you are not in warranty)

Also alot of mechanic shops do car yard work, it won't come as a shock that new car sales are down (hence all this 0% finance) and more and more people are buy second hand cars therefore giving alot of mechanic shops that work.

QUOTE (JJ @ 30/11/2012, 01:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yes, absolutely. I know someone who is still trying to get their money back from a recent 2k repair that ultimately didn't fix the problem (that was done by another, more honest and far cheaper mechanic later on).

Of course some will rip some off like all - not all mechanics do.  Also my DH just did his BIL's car he fixed it, then he was driving it home and the ABS light came on.  Now the ABS light would not have come on if he had taken it for a test drive (as it was close to our house when it came on) so if it hadn't of been BIL the client may have been peeved.  It just happened to be by chance.

QUOTE (PussyDids @ 30/11/2012, 02:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I don't agree with this... I know that with DF, his work (that is a chain here in Canberra) they pay far better than the smaller mechanics, so unless they are wanting to work for themselves, it would makes sense that they go to the larger places.

I think in any job you get the competent and the not so competent.

I'd definitely say the costing of parts comes into it.

I do and don't agree with this.  DH has worked for chains and a car dealership at present he is in a shop (as second in charge) he has always made more working in a smaller place then a chain.  It could be that he can negoate and when he was in a chain he couldn't?  He is being paid much higher then he was when he left the industry 3 years ago (even taking into account CPI)

However I do agree a bigger chain can get better price for parts, some will still charge more then Joe Bloggs and some will charge massive labour costs.

#11 threeinnyc

Posted 30 November 2012 - 03:27 PM

It's hard to tell OP, does the most expensive quote come with some sort of warranty?

Edited by Kenji, 30 November 2012 - 03:28 PM.


#12 SeaPrincess

Posted 30 November 2012 - 03:27 PM

I think it depends - if you go through a vehicle dealership, you'll get genuine parts. I had my car repaired this week and the 3 genuine parts would cost $500 each and I would have had to wait for them to come from Sydney and Japan, whereas my mechanic (a long-time friend who I trust) used another brand and the whole thing including labour cost $1300.  So as a pp already pointed out, the cost/quality of the parts can make a huge impact on the price.

#13 EsmeLennox

Posted 30 November 2012 - 03:30 PM

Some mechanics do,  some don't.
Some plumbers do, some don't.
Some electricians do, some don't.
Some doctors do, some don't.
Some hairdressers do, some don't.




#14 Squeekums Da Feral

Posted 30 November 2012 - 03:38 PM

I knew a mechanic a while back who ran his own buisness.
He would sit there and literally make up the bill as he went along like,
'That person annoyed me, was a hot day, and I had to use an extra 50c nut, i'll charge em $450' then went on to say how it was a 5minute job only worth $50 at best.

#15 GeeKay

Posted 30 November 2012 - 03:54 PM

QUOTE (Jemstar @ 30/11/2012, 03:30 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Some mechanics do,  some don't.
Some plumbers do, some don't.
Some electricians do, some don't.
Some doctors do, some don't.
Some hairdressers do, some don't.


^^Agree with this.

I've had experience in both environments (chain store and locally owned) and seen both sides of the story. My experience with the locally owned workshop wasn't what I would be happy with as a customer (fitting second hand parts, charging for new) and I as an apprentice had no say over this type of thing, so I left. Ended up as a tech for a large brand and thought their work was to a much higher standard and I felt comfortable there. As for pricing, as others have mentioned genuine parts come at a cost so always ask what you're getting. They also tend to pay their mechanics a decent wage which is of course going to put the price up for the customer. Go with your gut and go with the shop you felt most comfortable with.

Edited by G.K, 30 November 2012 - 03:54 PM.


#16 unicorn

Posted 30 November 2012 - 05:39 PM

This is one of my bug bears, there is one mechanic in our small city that hasn't tried to rip me off. DH is pretty cluey about all things mechanical and if he doesn't know what is wrong he will find out, usually he will just fix it, but he is having issues with his hands and I would rather we just pay someone else to do it, so he will diagnose and then I am expected to take it to the shop to get it fixed, I had one guy tell me I needed a whole new exhaust system when I went in to get a couple of rubber brackets for it. Big difference between a $20 part that I needed and the $900 system he tried to tell me I needed.  The air con mechanic last week was another, he tried to tell my I had a leak and my air con unit needed replacing, uh no there is no leak, it holds gas fine, it is the fan.  Of course I get home and whinge to DH about it, he will take it in and sure enough they listen to him and it gets fixed.
Our chain store tyre shop provides a much better service, I used to go to the locally owned one until one tyre change they didn't tighten the nuts properly and one of my wheels just about fell off, they weren't that concerned when I told them so I wont go there again.

#17 Maple Leaf

Posted 30 November 2012 - 07:50 PM

I think any industry has the potential to rip people off.

Just recently I had 3 quotes done for putting in some security screens : $1100, $750 and $600.

Same screens, same windows.

It pays to shop around.





0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

The popular baby name from the Rio Olympics

"With a pair of athletes who are not only successful, but seen as great role models – combined with a softer sound – it is like hitting the jackpot."

Toy stuck in baby's throat for two weeks

When Jude Atiga's baby son Laith was struggling to breathe the worried mum called an ambulance.

Mum awarded $20 million over birth power struggle with nurses

As a mother of three, Caroline Malatesta thought she knew what she was letting herself in for when it came to the birth of her fourth baby.

Win a Baby Jogger City Premier for Father's Day

To celebrate Father's Day, one lucky EB fan will win one of their own! Enter Now!

'There's a giant picture of BOOBS but I can not feed my child'

A mum was ushered out of an US department store's underwear section after discreetly breastfeeding her baby.

Why fatherhood scares many dads-to-be

Travis Bull vividly remembers discovering his partner was pregnant for the first time.

Free ticket offer

Pinky Mckay joins us again at the Essential Baby & Toddler Show presented by Blackmores with her expert baby settling advice. Register now for your free ticket.

Warning for pregnant women as flu-related deaths triple

A more than three-fold increase in flu-related deaths has sparked a plea for those with the flu to stay away from vulnerable people.

I'm trying to keep my child-free friends in my life, but it's tough

I tried to prove to my single friends that I was the same I'd always been. But marriage did change me - and motherhood has, too

For the festival lover in all of us

Pre-book & Save 50%. Get your tickets now for Kidtopia Festival. 7-9 October 2016 Parramatta Park, Sydney.

Too many parents still putting babies in unsafe bedding: study

A study found that a whopping 91 per cent of four-week-old babies had been placed in cots with unsafe bedding.

Mum's shock as toddler fat-shamed by internet trolls

When a mother uploaded a cute photograph of her 14-month old child online, she did not expect a swarm of internet trolls to write that her toddler was fat.

How an Aldi staff member made one exhausted mum's day

It was a simple act of kindness, but one that made an exhausted mother's day.

The most awww-worthy celeb baby pics of the week

It's been a pretty cute week on Instagram in terms of celebs relishing their babies.

When 'Just Do It' just doesn't cut it

When even Michelle Bridges admits to struggling with her exercise regime, it's time to accept that having small children can be a legitimate reason for exercise not happening.

What life is really like when you have five kids

Life is cute with one, manageable with three, but at times completely impossible with five.

When no one can pronounce your baby's name

In Wales it's a common name, but over here, it's cause for some confusion.

Dad shares horror tale after Roomba's run-in with dog poop

It's the poop story that's been shared hundreds of thousands of times around the world.

How a homemade wheelchair is giving baby Evelyn freedom

Like all one-year-olds, Evelyn Moore is keen to get moving and explore the world around her. But a battle with aggressive cancer left the little girl paralysed from the waist down.

Single to double pram that folds with seat attached

A pram is a large purchase, and you only want to buy once.

Mum-to-be surprises husband with big news in joy-filled photoshoot

When Bri Dow learnt that she was expecting, she immediately knew she wanted to break the news to her husband Brandon in a special way.

Blake Lively: 'Post-pregnancy slim down pressure is so unfair'

Blake Lively has urged women not to feel pressured to lose weight after pregnancy.

 
Advertisement
 

Top 5 Articles

Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

For the festival lover in all of us

Pre-book & Save 50%. Get your tickets now for Kidtopia Festival. 7-9 October 2016 Parramatta Park, Sydney.

Why drinking water can be deadly for babies

H2O is one of the necessities of life, but for babies a seemingly harmless amount of water can be fatal.

5 ways having a baby is different when you have older children

So much parenting advice is geared towards having your first baby, but what's it like having a baby when you already have children?

You can now make your own plush Falkor

Fans of The NeverEnding Story – of which there are certainly plenty – went crazy for these plush Falkors when they first went on sale last year.

Baby steps

10 things that will actually happen after having a baby

I thought I had prepared myself for motherhood. Then my baby girl arrived and knocked everything flat.

Having a baby: expectations vs reality

People love to warn you about what to expect when having a baby, but they can be way off when it comes to the reality.

Are we having fun yet? Thinking positively as a parent

Motherhood is wonderful ... except when it sucks.

The adorable smile of a baby seeing his mum clearly for the first time

There is no doubt seeing their child smile for the first time is an unforgettable moment for parents everywhere.

When breastfeeding doesn't go with the flow

Breast is best, except when it's not. And in our case, it most definitely wasn't.

'If you don't vaccinate your kids you're a bloody idiot'

The photos are heartbreaking and almost too difficult to look at, but Kayley Burke is begging other parents to take notice.

Why pregnant women should eat chocolate

In news that will make expectant mums jump for joy - and reach for a block of Cadbury - scientists have revealed chocolate could provide health benefits during pregnancy.

The baby born with an incredible head of hair

If you're in any way challenged in the follicle department, prepare to feel a jolt of envy - at a two-month-old baby.

The push for Medicare to fund lactation consultants

While meeting with a lactation consultant can make an enormous difference to a new mother, it's not a service that is available through the public health system.

Parents, this is how to cut grapes to avoid choking

One mum has learnt a harrowing lesson about the best way to cut grapes to make it safe for toddlers and little kids to eat.

Three truths about C-section mums

Lately I've been thinking about the caesarean stories and the brave women who birth their children with strength and beauty.

Help! My baby will only sleep in my arms

It's stressful to be the one who is holding your baby most of the day, but it's even more stressful to wonder, 'am I doing something wrong? Or am I creating bad habits?'

 

ENTER NOW

Win one of two Father's Day Gift Packs

Sign up to receive our new Essential Kids announcements emails for a chance to win.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.