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Unread 10-14-2010, 08:55 AM   #1
richla
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cost of alternator?

Hi All:
Am I out of touch with the cost to replace an alternator on a Lyberty?
A local shop just charged my mother $350 to put in a new one.

The Jeep was running and starting just fine, it seems they told her she "needed" a new one. She's 76.
They charged her $280 for it, plus labor, for a total of $350.

I have suspicions about this shop. Do you agree or disagree?
Thanks.

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Unread 10-14-2010, 09:06 AM   #2
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Autozone dot com will give you an idea of what it would have cost you to purchase the alternator.. It appears shop charged about 1 hour labor to test & install it. Depending upon where they purchased the alternator, Dealer or other, their cost will be higher than autozone, plus all shops add $$ to the cost of parts they use. This doesn't make them a bad shop.... they just maybe an expensive shop. Is this a place your Mom went to for the first time, or does she deal with this shop on a regular basis?
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Unread 10-14-2010, 09:17 AM   #3
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Yes, they charged an hour of labor. I see autozone at $150, and less, so the $280 price baffles me. You KNOW there is no way they went to a dealer for such a common part. They will mark it up, anyway.
I think these places see an older woman walk in, and see dollar signs.
She's been going there for some time, and thinks they take good care of her. Keep in mind, she can't open the hood, and literally does not know how to turn on the lights for this vehicle, as she will not drive at night.
I'll be getting more involved in helping to maintain this vehicle, real fast, but I think she got the shaft on this one.....
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Unread 10-14-2010, 09:46 AM   #4
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Yes, they charged an hour of labor. I see autozone at $150, and less, so the $280 price baffles me. You KNOW there is no way they went to a dealer for such a common part. They will mark it up, anyway.
I think these places see an older woman walk in, and see dollar signs.
She's been going there for some time, and thinks they take good care of her. Keep in mind, she can't open the hood, and literally does not know how to turn on the lights for this vehicle, as she will not drive at night.
I'll be getting more involved in helping to maintain this vehicle, real fast, but I think she got the shaft on this one.....
Well if a alt from autozone costs $150 any shop(and I mean any) will mark that up to $200 or or more(standard is 150% of cost) and then you got labor added on top of that and most labor charges are $80-$120 per hour depending on location.Then you got the diag fees to test the vehicle to find out what is wrong.
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Unread 10-14-2010, 10:04 AM   #5
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Yes, they charged an hour of labor. I see autozone at $150, and less, so the $280 price baffles me. You KNOW there is no way they went to a dealer for such a common part. They will mark it up, anyway.
I think these places see an older woman walk in, and see dollar signs.
She's been going there for some time, and thinks they take good care of her. Keep in mind, she can't open the hood, and literally does not know how to turn on the lights for this vehicle, as she will not drive at night.
I'll be getting more involved in helping to maintain this vehicle, real fast, but I think she got the shaft on this one.....
My point being, if this shop is a place that your Mom deals with on a regular basis, they aren't going to cheat her as new client's in this market are just too far and few in between. This doesn't mean that you agree with their prices. Bottomline, if your Mom had called around, she probably would have found some shops that charged a little less, and some that charged a little more. However, being a regular client of a garage has its benefits, and I would give the shop the benefit of doubt as they aren't going to screw someone that spends $$ with them on a regular basis.
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Unread 10-14-2010, 05:34 PM   #6
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I'm not quite sure why the alternator was replaced if the vehicle was starting and running just fine. If the alternator was bad - You might be able to start it, but the vehicle would die - Or, if the battery was already killed by a bad alternator, it wouldn't have started anyway.
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Unread 10-14-2010, 07:50 PM   #7
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I'm not quite sure why the alternator was replaced if the vehicle was starting and running just fine. If the alternator was bad - You might be able to start it, but the vehicle would die - Or, if the battery was already killed by a bad alternator, it wouldn't have started anyway.
I've driven many vehicles for weeks with a bad alternator,just needed a good battery.You do not need a alternator working to have the vehicle run as long as the battery has enough juice to power the PCM and such it will start and run.


But why was a alternator that is PCM controlled replaced is a good question.If it has the stupid decoupler on it that could have been bad and alot easier to rpelace the whole alternator then just that one part.But if the alternator was not charging or not charging enough that is a PCM problem.
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