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  • Raising an eyebrow at my garage bill
  • Premier Icon ThurmanMerman
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    It’s been a while so maybe I’m out of touch with what car parts cost these days.

    Took my little 8-y-o Hyundai iX20 in for its MOT yesterday. I like to go to the little-garage-just-down-the-road. You know. Just a boss and an apprentice. Bits of oily car everywhere. Dog sleeping in the corner. Radio on.

    Nothing major – just needed new pads-and-discs all-round, and two new tyres. Three hours of labour.

    £721 inc VAT.

    £721.

    Brexit etc?

    Extra import duty on Korean car parts etc?

    At least Dick Turpin wore a mask etc etc?

    Premier Icon big_n_daft
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    Never get the MOT done at a garage that will do the repairs

    Did you not know your tyres were low?

    Premier Icon BoardinBob
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    I just replaced all the discs and pads on my car. £160 for brembo pads and discs from Euro car parts which included a 50% discount code. Not unlikely the garage would charge you full RRP so easily £300+ for the brakes, couple of tyres at £100 each, mot cost, labour etc I can see how they get to £700+

    Premier Icon daviek
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    that’s a lot more than I’d have guessed. Even it it was some fancy tyres I’d not expect to pay anywhere near that.

    Premier Icon grum
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    I would expect it to cost around half as much as that, but I’m far from an expert.

    Never get the MOT done at a garage that will do the repairs

    Or just find a garage you trust not to rip you off.

    Premier Icon willard
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    Garages are, what, about 50-60 an hour for labour? Call it three hours for that work, couple of hundred for the tyres, balancing and disposal and maybe a couple of hundred for the disks and pads. yeah, I can see VAT putting that up to 700 ish if the parts are expensive.

    Premier Icon itlab
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    Do you have a breakdown of it?

    Premier Icon Drac
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    Yeah I’d say that’s about right with labor included.

    Premier Icon Aidy
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    At least Dick Turpin wore a mask etc etc?

    Aren’t we all wearing masks now?

    Premier Icon toby1
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    Service include an oil change? It’s not called black gold for nothing!

    Premier Icon patagonian
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    Garages are, what, about 50-60 an hour for labour?

    Last week main dealer was quoting me £156 per hour whereas the independent specialist (all certified VW technicians) was £80.
    I lost faith with the main dealer when they told me my cam belt needed changing – my car has a chain.

    Premier Icon wwpaddler
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    Depends where you are in the country (urban / rural) and how much local competition there is. You can use clickmechanic to get a rough price for your area for that work. I can save £100 by using my parents postcode compared to mine but they’re 250 miles away. The garages that quote on that are still 5-6 miles away which requires more time and faffing with buses or bikes or I can pay a bit more and use the garage 1/2 mile away which I can walk to.

    Premier Icon ThurmanMerman
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    It’s a garage I trust – been going there for a few years. Thinking about it, nothing’s needed doing for a while – guess I was due a big(ish) one.

    Do you have a breakdown of it?

    Yup.

    £45 MOT test
    £80 a tyre x2
    £48 front pads
    £52 front disc x2
    £23 rear pads
    £28 rear disc x2
    £55 ph labour x3.

    Whack the VAT on and suddenly it’s over 700 quids.

    Probably about right, then.

    Premier Icon tomd
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    Got 4 new pads and discs on our Seat Ibiza last month. £350 all in at a local but reputable garage. That wasn’t the cheapest pads and discs either. Same car had a full set of Goodyear all weather tyres last year which cost £400. So that would have been £750 so same ball park as you.

    It really depends on what brakes and tyres you got for £750. If it was the cheapest brakes and chung ho ditchfinders then that’s terrible. If good brakes and expensive branded tyres in an odd size, not so much.

    Premier Icon ThurmanMerman
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    LOL @

    chung ho ditchfinders

    🙂

    Premier Icon johndoh
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    The total sounds high until you see the breakdown.

    Premier Icon wzzzz
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    You could have brought that down a little

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/192425275437

    If the tyres are Michelin then it is fair enough I guess.

    Premier Icon doris5000
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    £48 front pads
    £52 front disc x2
    £23 rear pads
    £28 rear disc x2

    Just out of interest, how much do people pay for their MTB discs and pads?

    (I’m so old i still run canti brakes, ha)

    Premier Icon igm
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    Just out of interest, how much do people pay for their MTB discs and pads?

    £6 a pair for pads and £20 for a disc last month.  Noisy but very effective.

    Premier Icon nuke
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    Id have been happy with that price for the work you had done here in the south east (Surrey)!

    Although, like willard, I did the same for my pads/discs: parts from Eurocarparts and DIY

    Premier Icon db
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    Seems fine to me. I would have expected labour to be more to be honest!

    Premier Icon flicker
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    Yup.

    £45 MOT test
    £80 a tyre x2
    £48 front pads
    £52 front disc x2
    £23 rear pads
    £28 rear disc x2
    £55 ph labour x3.

    Whack the VAT on and suddenly it’s over 700 quids.

    Probably about right, then.

    Looks about right, individual prices look reasonable. I had a quick Google for mintex brake sets for ix20, £100 for front discs and pads, so you were probably looking at £200 parts to do the brakes yourself. 3hrs labour is reasonable for a full set of discs/pads, greasing slide pins etc + tyre changing etc

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    S’alright really.

    I paid £610 this week for 4x new tyres, tracking, MOT, new ball joint & new oil sump.

    Lucky to have found a garage I trust and who actively try to charge me less (talked me out of some work).

    Premier Icon intheborders
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    Whack the VAT on and suddenly it’s over 700 quids.

    Paid this for just discs & pads for mine…

    Premier Icon fossy
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    Don’t forget cost of bike tyres !

    I can see how that all adds up TBH, and non of those costs look excessive.

    Premier Icon johnners
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    I’ve some sympathy with the OP, my first reaction was much like his. Seeing the breakdown of costs it looks pretty reasonable. A timely lesson for me, I’ll be getting a service and MOT in the next couple of weeks…

    Premier Icon pocpoc
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    Had similar last month. All new discs and pads, 1x calliper replacement, 2 new tyres and something else relatively minor. Came to just over £900.
    For some stupid reason they car designers decided to combine the rear discs with the wheel bearings so effectively have to pay to replace both at the same time. Not even some exotic car – 2010 Peugeot 5008.
    They’re all wear and tear items that individually I wouldn’t think anything of, but it soon adds up when they’re all replaced at the same time.

    Premier Icon slowoldman
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    Aren’t we all wearing masks now?

    Yep, can’t tell who the robbers are now.

    Premier Icon willard
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    Sure you can! The robbers are the ones that donate to the Conservatives.

    Premier Icon footflaps
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    Those brake discs are cheaper than Dura Ace (£52 each), although you only need two for a bike…

    Premier Icon martymac
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    I paid £500 for 4 discs/pads for my wife’s subaru xv, that was fitted and included vat.
    2 tyres would have brought the bill to almost exactly what yours is, so I’d say it’s par for the course tbh.

    Premier Icon thisisnotaspoon
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    Those prices all look about right for branded or OEM parts.

    brembo pads and discs from Euro car parts which included a 50% discount code

    ECP prices bear zero relation to RRP.

    If you order from Brembro/Mintex/EBC directly it’s the same price as the discounted one from ECP.

    Premier Icon bearnecessities
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    Replacing a couple of quid seal on an oil filter housing? Six hours labour and dismantling half of the front end!

    Premier Icon gingerflash
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    If the garage rang me and said “two tyres, pads and discs all round”, on top of service and MOT, I’d be expecting a big bill.

    I don’t think £700 for this is bad at all.

    Premier Icon stumpy01
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    More than I would have expected, but depends on several factors I guess.

    Tyre cost can vary massively depending on the size of tyre & specific tyre fitted. You can spend anywhere between £35 & 140 on a single tyre for my car (not including fitting). Well-recognised branded ones start at around £65 (again not fitted).

    I’ve just managed to find a receipt for our Ibiza FR diesel, for new discs & pads all round – we had them done in March.
    Cost break down inc, VAT:

    labour £165
    Front Discs £68.23
    Front pads £33.18
    Rear Discs £43.75
    Rear pads £22.08

    Total – £332.24

    Add on £80 a tyre & £50 for MOT, it’s still only £542.

    Are you sure they haven’t included the VAT twice on the tyres or something silly like that? What tyres have you had fitted that have costed you £100 with the VAT included? What size are they?

    I dunno. It seems on the high side of what I would expect, to be honest.

    Premier Icon trail_rat
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    disk cost can vary massively depending on the size/quality of disk & specific disk fitted

    Also from prior experiance I find Kia’s and Hyundai spares to be on the higher end of the spares price scales regardless of where they come from.

    Premier Icon esselgruntfuttock
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    IF…your tyres are 205-55-16’s my local garage would’ve done that for £541. Their labour is about £40 plus VAT per hour.

    (Just did a quick look on CarParts4 less at the brake pads/discs prices)

    Premier Icon trail_rat
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    Quick look on ecp shows that anything that isn’t their own brand crap is pretty much on par for what you have paid…..

    So long as you didn’t get own brand crap for Bosch/brembo money.

    Premier Icon tonyd
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    Just out of interest, how much do people pay for their MTB discs and pads?

    I recently treated myself to a new bike that came with XTR brakes. Thought I’d buy a couple of sets of pads for the spares draw, £42 a pair! Almost fell over, and then could only buy one set because that’s all I could find.

    Old bike had Hope X2s, £15 a set.

    Premier Icon uwe-r
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    big_n_daft

    Never get the MOT done at a garage that will do the repairs

    Did you not know your tyres were low?

    I don’t believe this to be a thing. my local garage is on a par for most inde’s for price and they do MOT’s – so why would I go somewhere else for an MOT? It makes no sense.

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