The wife's car was making some rubbing noise from a rear wheel. I pulled of
the wheel and found significant (structural) rust on the brake drum. I did
n't have time to do this myself, so I took it to a local garage where they'
ve done good work for me in the past.
I checked the price of drums & shoes on Autozone's web site (there's actual
ly an Autozone store directly across the street from this garage), and figu
red an hour & a half for labor. It turns out that I was spot on with the la
bor, but he charged me almost exactly DOUBLE Autozone's price for the parts
I gotta figure that he get's maybe a 15 or 20 percent discount on the parts
, and I would have been OK with a 20 or 25% markup over list, but this seem
s kind of excessive. He's entitled to earn a living and all, but a hundred
bucks to walk across the street?
It's been a long time since I was in the mechanic business, and I'm wonderi
ng whether this is the new normal?
8 years ago