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1997 Geo Prizm Question: Was I ripped off or not? I live in the 90064 west la area

 

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jrcw74, 1.6L 4 Cylinder, Los Angeles, CA, August 25, 2010, 21:55
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I just bought my first car (1997 Geo Prizm) and had so many repairs done recently and sort of feel like I was ripped off. Now since I know nothing about cars I would like a second opinion. The technician charges $90/hr. This is what I had done. Oil change $40, flushed transmission fluid $129, timing belt replaced and water pump leak fixed $1117, new battery $129, 4 new tires $500 and new wiper blades $24. Oh I forgot to mention the car had about 117,698 miles on it

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    patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, August 25, 2010, 22:31
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    I live/work here in California, $90 an hour is fair for a reputable automotive repair shop. Oil change and filter and waste disposal a little high, timing belt replacement is very high, transmission fluid a little high, tires reasonable, battery with installation fair, wiper blades fair!

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    Visitor, August 26, 2010, 06:44

    Thank you for your response. I was wondering so what is the average rate for an oil change, flushing transmission fluid and replacing a timing belt and water pump? I'm going to be better informed next time so I don't find myself getting overcharged again! Thanks for your advice!

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    August 26, 2010, 08:51
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    I agree some of the prices seem a little high, but without seeing an itemized list it's hard to tell. However if you use the estimate tool on this site at the very top of the page(says "estimate") you can put your year make and model of your vehicle and the service(s) you are looking for (oil changes, tire replacement, timing belt etc.)and it will give a very accurate range of what you could expect to pay. The range is comparison pricing specific to your zip code of what you might pay from an independent shop to a dealership. You can also find a local ship within 10 miles of your zip code and I would recommend looking at reviews and see if they have other satisfied customers (they will have orange stars by their name). I hope this is helpful.

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    Visitor, August 26, 2010, 11:23

    Thank you for your response. Actually that was one of the first things I did when I got on the site. It's very informative.

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