Is $600 for this car repair within the range of plausibility?
December 19, 2012 2:02 PM Subscribe
My mechanic says the leak from my car looks like it is because a wash plug between the gear box and engine block needs replacing. He says it's not a simple job because he'll have to remove the gearbox. He is quoting me "at least" $600. (Bearing in mind that in this city mechanic labour alone is around $80-100 an hour) does that sound reasonable?
posted by lollusc to Travel & Transportation (17 answers total)
My car continued its usual pattern of being fine for two or three years and then breaking down (leaking water, overheating) the minute my mother comes to visit from overseas. (Seriously, every visit she makes has involved us waiting on the side of the road for roadside assist, and the car never breaks down in between visits.)
The rest of the extended family is arriving on Saturday. Most have never visited Australia before, and I need a car for taking them sightseeing. All the mechanics I called (10+) were booked out until new year, except this guy, who I've never used before, and who gets very mixed reviews online. Some love, some hate. Hiring a car for the whole visit is going to cost around $500, so unless his prices are $500 more than other mechanics, it's worth using him, I guess. But I still want an idea, for future reference, of whether he is ripping me off. He seems nice, and unlike my usual mechanic he is within walking distance of my house, so if it's not a rip-off, I might use him again in future. But to be honest, I was pretty shocked at the $600+ quote.