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Old 11-17-2007, 06:13 PM   #1
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Hi all.
Annie here from Florida here.

Hubby and I just got a 2001 F-150 King Ranch. With 4 Labs and a Bully dog a truck was a must.

Love the truck, but just had a shockeroo when we went to get it aligned.
$1200 bucks worth of shock actually.
Paid cash for the truck so this is a bit uncomfortable for the old budget to say the least and I am wondering if this sounds right.
I am not questioning if it needs to be done as I can certainly tell something is going on due to a pull to the right and a slightly noticeable rotating type noise from the front end.
Here is the estimate info:
Replace ball joint front/upper both sides
Replace ball joint front/lower both sides
Idler arm
four tie rod end

Labor 616
Parts 420
supplies 63
plus tax etc
This is not a regular mechanic but a tire shop.
I figure the hourly rate is better there, but wonder if anyone has any ideas on saving money on this fix.
Hubby is NOT handy
I guess what I am asking is...does this price sound typical, and would it be a waste of my time to go get another estimate or should I just make a few sacrifices and fork over the cash.
We plan on doing the work next week so any thoughts before then would be appreciated.
Annie
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Old 11-17-2007, 06:36 PM   #2
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It's been about 10years ago, but I had all ball joints replaced for about $450 for everything. I guess I'm saying the quote seems a bit on the high side - but looking at a difference in vintages, additional parts for yours, and a 10year ago price.

May try scoping out the parts prices online - rockauto.com and lmctruck.com are decent resources. Keep in mind the garage needs to make a living, they aren't your best bud coming over to help out for a few beers.

Labor charge just 'feels' high - not sure what current shop rates are. Perhaps get a second quote from another garage??? It would be interesting at any rate to see if they identify the same parts as needing replacement.
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yes, it seemed a bit high to me as well, but I don't know enough to be able to judge.
It was something in the way things were explained to me that didn't sit right with me, cant put a finger on it, but I kinda felt he was justifying the charges before I ever questioned them...making me question them!

To be honest though, I wouldn't be surprised at all if this is a typical price. Pretty much my luck, and although hubby didn't take this well at all, I figured that this happens sometimes when you get a used car/truck, and I was kinda prepared that there might be a few things to deal with.
Just don't want to be that silly woman going in with no clue.
In our house, its the woman (me ) who does this stuff so I need to make sure I know whats what as hubby certainly doesn't!

Its ok though, we all have our strengths right?
Thanks for the input,
Annie
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I guess I fall more towards the pessimistic side, and look at a used vehicle purchase as 'buying someone elses headache'.

Too late now, but it's a always a good idea for the not-so mechanically inclined to have a shop look over a potential purchase, even if it costs $50 or so. Also is good to have a shop where a relationship has been developed over time to build that level of trust.

Yeah, it's going to be a bite in the shorts to get over this. But you've got a solid truck with a good reputation that should yield many miles of trouble-free driving, once you get it back up to snuff.
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True true, but for us, we could get more truck used than we ever could new, and although I hate to spend this money, I still feel like I came out ahead in the long run.
The truck was looked over, but only the engine. Silly me didnt think of things like suspension etc...but even with this issue, I would have still bought it, we got it well under blue book so i am not at all regretful.
Like I said, I already love "my" truck
And so do the dogs!
Labs and trucks just go together like PB and J.
Annie
(Who is still going to get a second opinion, but is now braced for the reality of this)
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part prices are ok,but labour is high and it will have to be lined up after replacing tie rod ends.
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