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Old 02-15-2004, 09:28 PM
44toy 44toy is offline
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Opion on repair quote?

Truck needs timing chain badly. Toyota place wants a $1000 dollars to install a new timing chain in a 22re 4Cly because the book calls for removing the head. Other garages are saying $600-800 for the same job. A guy that has worked on Toyota's for over ten years in his back yard garage will do it for $350 (cash) without removing the head counting parts. He will guarantee it to be good as new and has done it several times. He no longer runs a business and just does a few jobs like this for extra money.
Could you justify paying 3 times the money? I know he has done this for some of my friends with very good results, Any opions?
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Old 02-15-2004, 09:59 PM
lawnman_scott lawnman_scott is offline
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Have the guy do it for $350. Did you ever get you income up $60 a week like you wanted to?
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Old 02-15-2004, 10:01 PM
1stclasslawns 1stclasslawns is offline
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Scrub wrench jockey??

But its a toyota. I cant afford the hourly rate they charge and the "book" price.... I have a friend who is a wrench jocky for a local dealer. He gets $20.00 an hour and is paid on clock hours. they charge 60.00 an hour and charge "book" hours. He told me lots of time he can do stuff in 1/2 of book hours if he wanted to. Why should he?

Lets look at it $20.00 x 40 hour = $800.00
They charge (he said he regularly gets 60 book hous a week done) 60 x $60= $3600.00 per week

I was about to forget parts markup OMG up to 500%

Someones getting rich there and it aint the wrench twisters!!

jim
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Old 02-15-2004, 10:10 PM
44toy 44toy is offline
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Lawn_scott

The extra income has been supplimented by a contract from turbo care, very unexpectly. If all residentials come on board as expected this year, things will be as good as ever. Even when I worked a full time job and mowed in the evening.
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Old 02-15-2004, 10:12 PM
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Have the guy do it for $350. If you don't trust him ask him to give you something in writing.
Most mechanics shops will rip you off it they can...There are SOME good ones, but not many.
I would bet that there is a way to do it without taking the head off.
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