Is the mechanic ripping me off?
December 30, 2008 4:54 AM Subscribe
What would you charge to diagnose a check engine light and replace the thermostat in a 2003 Toyota Highlander?
posted by fogster to Travel & Transportation (13 answers total)
My check engine light came on, and I worried about damaging my engine, so I'm going late to work while I wait for repairs.
They charged $89 to "diagnose" the check engine light, and $189 (parts and labor) to replace a faulty thermostat.
It seems to me that it would take 2 minutes on an OBC-II reader (which, coincidentally, cost $89), and that a thermostat would be a $5 part. But then again, I'm the one at the dealership because I have no idea what was wrong.
Is $275 reasonable for this, or is this $265 profit on $10 parts an work?