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1999 Chevrolet Metro Question: Thermostat Change Cost

 

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Ithakus, 1.0L 3 Cylinder, Palisades Park, NJ, May 17, 2010, 11:57
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I was in a accident that caused my engine to overheat, and stall. I took it to the shop and they informed me that they would need to change the thermostat in order to see if there is any internal damage to the engine. I understand this process, but was told it would cost around $305 to do so. According to repairpal.com, it would only cost around $120 at most. I am trying to see if there is a reason for the large difference in cost. Whether it has to do with them doing more tests, or they are just trying to rip me off.

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    May 17, 2010, 12:26
     Journeyman

    They might have a diagnostic fee included in the price, But repairpal's estimator is right on the money as my book shows .8 of a hour and about $20 for the themostat

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    Ithakus, May 17, 2010, 13:05
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    I believe diagnostic tests are going to be conducted after the thermostat is changed. Would that justify the high cost?

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    PassinGear, May 17, 2010, 14:02
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    Yes as it states on Repairpal's estimator the prices don't include diagnostic fees

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