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Brake job quote . Is it excessive ?

Discussion in 'VF Holden Commodore (2013 - 2017)' started by Ron Burgundy, Sep 12, 2019.

  1. Ron Burgundy

    Ron Burgundy Well-Known Member

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    Hi all
    I was just quoted $700 to install new rotors and pads (which I am supplying).
    The quote states 4.2hrs of labour and $220 bucks for caliper bolts....
    Does this sound excessive?

    I know for fact I can source the bolts cheaper through ebay...but I don't see how this job takes 4 hours ?!

    I reckon this should not take more than 2 hrs in a professional workshop...
     
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    30mins per wheel, 1 hr lunch break and 1hr of standing around talking and 20mins for the test drive.
    Sounds about right for alot of places.
     
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    I did a big brake upgrade (rotors, pads, backing plates, lines and calipers) on my VS in my driveway with hand tools and it took less time.
     
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    $700 to fit? I’d be shopping around a bit more.
     
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    greenacc Searching for the billion

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    I'd do it on the driveway in about that time using hand tools while looking after my kids wanting snacks and changing nappies too.
     
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    i payed $763 to supply and fit radiator/water pump coolant gst in the vz month ago so ron i think you are getting taking to the cleaners so to speak
     
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    The mechanic is probably peeved you are supplying parts so has factored in what his profit would have been had you also bought the parts from him.

    I'd go get a quote elsewhere just for comparison, or consider doing it yourself if it's an option.
     
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    You'd be looking at 1 hours labour, especially for experienced workshops.....But if they want to fart ass around and scratch their nuts whilst doing the job, it'd take them 1 1/2 hours, providing they don't have to find the pepper, tweezers and magnafine glass. Finding those items could take another 1/2 hour or more

    I'd be going elsewhere, because they want you to pay for their sexual gratification time
     
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    Lets assume 1 hour per corner at $100 p/h , then half hour to bleed , so $450 would be closer and even that's overpriced
     
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    You're getting ripped. I charge an hour per axle (1.2 or 1.5 for rears of some euros that have "service modes" and stuffing around with the electronic park brake which the VF does not, just leave the handbrake off and R/R rotors).

    Plus bolts which are probably dear if going genuine but it's been a long time since I've replaced caliper bolts on anything (including twin turbo V8 Audi's).
     
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    Yeah, I thought so.
    I will go elsewhere
    The quote does not even include bleeding the brake fluid.
    Labour and bolts only = $700
    No thanks
     
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    The guy’s likely factoring-in the costs he’s had in the past due to muppets supplying the wrong parts & having to put all the original parts back together when he tries to install the new stuff & it doesn’t fit.
     
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    I paid $350 Labour to have 4 discs and pads fitted which I supplied on my 've about three months ago.
     
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    overheads, profit, contingency
     
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    I found correct caliper bolts on ebay from Holden dealership store and they will cost about $100 with postage.
    I don't get why they would quote more than double that for bolts only...
    That's just unfair...
    Will get the bolts myself and go to a local guy :)
     
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    For those interested these are part numbers and prices after checking with the dealer

    Rear 92172963 - $8 each
    Front 92139222 - $12.80 each

    So this adds up to about $80 retail for all caliper bolts...
    Far from $220 quoted by the workshop...
     
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    Interesting... Holden changed the front caliber bolts from the VE to the VF

    Wonder what the difference is

    Thanks for the update Ron
     
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    My front caliper bolts are for Mando (police spec) calipers but I assume they should be the same for PBR front calipers...
     
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    Could be a lot worse, Ron...
    Imagine how much if they were being sold by ARP.....
     
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    Chances are you would only have to pay for them once and safely reuse them.
     
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