Dealer Ripoff

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  1. SRT-Tom

    SRT-Tom Full Access Member Article Writer

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    It's commonly known that dealers make the majority of their money on service parts/labor.

    It still surprises me how much they charge for basic work. My son took his 2017 VW Passat in for a new front tire (the sidewall was damaged by a pothole and the cost was covered by a Fidelity road hazard warranty).

    While the car was on the lift, they noticed that new brake pads and rotors will be needed soon for the front. What was the estimated cost? ONLY $529.60!

    Also, the car needs a cabin filter. The cost for this $8 part? ONLY $81!

    I really feel sorry for owners with no mechanical knowledge who fall for these ripoffs.
     
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    Don't forget, they make their money off the extended warranties and the undercoating, paint protection and interior scotch guarding as well.
     
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    My wife got a "coupon" in the mail for her Mazda CX-9. It was for a basic oil change PLUS they would check all other fluid levels at no additional charge. Conventional oil (up to five quarts) and NO tire rotation. All this for only $79.00... not even using synthetic blend oil! I couldn't believe it.
    At least the mailers I get from my Dodge dealer are more realistic on oil change charges.
     
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    Also, the dealer quoted $49.95 for wiper blades!
     
  5. baccaruda

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    Do you really mean dealerships ? i thought they were considered Stealer ships ..... Oh Well ........ :)
     
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    i guess I have a reasonable dealer, if you bring your own oil and filter, they only charge $15.00. not sure what they would charge if they used their oil. but I buy my oil at wally world Mobil1 for way less than you can find it anywheres else. I used to work for autozone and none of us that worked there bought oil there, that was one item nobody got a discount on.
     
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    Wow, you really have a great dealer- $15 for labor is really cheap.
     
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    Yeah, you have a great dealer. I don't have any around me that would install customer purchased parts or fluids. I get my maintenance stuff done with an independent shop that also specializes in old muscle cars. He'll put on customers' parts and fluids. He's the only guy I trust to work on my Challenger and 69 Camaro.
     
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    Wonder if he could work on my carburetors?

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    Oh yeah, he can.:)