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Honda Integra service charges

Asked by Alan Smith

Recently I had a large inner suburban Honda dealership quote for repairs on my daughter's 1990 Honda Integra, which consisted of a head gasket replacement and a new top radiator tank. All up their quote was $3600 - more than the car is worth! My local A Grade Automotive Engineer did the identical work to a high standard for $1460! Can you tell me what the extra $2140 might have covered?

Answered by CarsGuide

23 Sep 2010 Carsguide.com.au

It's not possible to say without actually seeing a detailed quote of what the dealer proposed to do, but you could do that if you had such a quote. It's hard to justify a difference of that amount, but I would guess he would charge you a substantially higher labour rate and a higher price for the parts. Even with all of that it's hard to justify the difference, and it further underlines the need to have a detailed written quote for work to be performed and it justifies the use of independent specialists who are often factory trained anyway.

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