I used the repairpal estimator: alternator part $235-319 and labor $53-67. Mechanic quoted $185 new alternator, labor of 1.5 hours for $144. Should I have kept shopping around? or told them an alternator shouldn't require 1.5 hours?
When I asked to keep the failed alternator (thinking I could get some money for it), they said the manufacturer needs it back; otherwise they'd have to charge me for it. Huh?
Does that mean I got a remanufactured unit? Invoice says the part is "new" and has this description "LES-13787N". Mechanic said it's OEM.
Finally, with the rest of work done, I was billed 3 hours labor. But, my car was in and out in 1.5 hours. I don't understand this.
Any advice for future reference? Thanks.