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1996 Toyota Avalon Question: Was I over charged by Auto Doc, 1208 montrose Blvd., Houston

 

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Marjorie, Houston, TX, February 28, 2009, 10:53
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I paid $2045.56 to Auto Doc for many repair issues. One example is they charged me for the valve cover gasket repair and replace :labor $314.13 and parts $102. You estimate the price range, max, $312. I have not compared your prices to what I paid on each of the other repairs. like radiator replace, thermostat, chaanging fluids, motor clamp and oilpressure test cooling system and block test, belts, flushing transmission and inspections.
The garage was spotless, the men were intelligent, and bright and corteous. I am shocked that they may have scamed me. What do you think and have you heard of this shp? (They were written up favorably by two local papers.) What do I do. i am a retired teacher and obviously do not have extra to overpay them.

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    4Wolfman February 28, 2009, 13:10
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    I feel your pain. I have a 2000 Avalon and my dealer wants $478 to change the valve cover gaskets. $400 of that is labor! I think the dealers are overpricing themselves out of the market. I know this isn't specific to your question, but wanted to comment just as well.

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    dtpetty October 29, 2009, 01:10
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    Can't believe Auto Doc is still around. We ran them out of California years ago. Total scam artists. I would think the spotless garage and pretty white coats would have been a tipoff. That's not how real garages look. Report them to your Consumer affairs or Attorney Generals office/ or whatever you have in Texas. Well, it's Texas, so it's probably "Business is always right. and the consumer be damned" - Good luck.

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    Visitor, March 09, 2010, 05:19

    I have not priced the replacement for the valve covers, but I am currently doing it myself, the front was no problem. The back valve cover is another story. There is a wiring harness that sits on top of the valve cover and I still have not gotten the valve cover out, I have phoned a friend for help. The parts sounds kind of high but it may include things other that the gaskets, such as the water hose under the air plenum. If I had it to do over I would gladly pay $300 plus in labor. It is a royal pain to replace the rear valve cover, but it is the one that leaks profusely onto the exhaust and results in the burning oil smell. Good luck.

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    Visitor, April 18, 2010, 18:40

    i have done my friends valve cover gaskets today on a 96 avalon. The front one was prety easy but the back one required the intake manifold to be removed and there was a lot of work involved in replacing it i charged him 150$ including parts but i only charge 30$ per hour took me about 4 hours and the parts were like 25$ at advanced auto parts

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