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Old 11-04-2010, 10:54 AM   #1
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Going shop rate for indi shop

Just curious what the going shop rate is for an independent shop. Also what woudl it be for a BMW delearship.

Just paid $150/hr at a local indie shop. Don't want to name names as I am happy with the service provided, but was just shocked at the price when I got the bill. Was in a jam though as it was my alternator and therefore couldn't really drive it up to Bimmersport or RMP (no CAA at the time - got it now though).

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Old 11-04-2010, 11:53 AM   #2
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just curious what the going shop rate is for an independent shop. Also what woudl it be for a bmw delearship.

Just paid $150/hr at a local indie shop. Don't want to name names as i am happy with the service provided, but was just shocked at the price when i got the bill. Was in a jam though as it was my alternator and therefore couldn't really drive it up to bimmersport or rmp (no caa at the time - got it now though).

Thoughts?
being with maxbimmer, i get all members 15% off all servicehere at maranello bmw. So that would be about $112.17/h.

Just come ask for me 1st at parts (mike) and ill hook u up with a good service advisor.
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Old 11-04-2010, 11:56 AM   #3
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Wow.....wonder if he charged me more b/c I brought my own part.
Never going back there again
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Old 11-04-2010, 12:03 PM   #4
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Actually just clarified with the shop, tehy charge $108/hr or $150/hr if you bring your own parts.....WOW.
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Old 11-04-2010, 12:08 PM   #5
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usually i see anywhere from 70-100 an hour for an independant shop. usually a shop will add a little more if you bring your own parts. like charge an hour and a half for an hour job. 150 is really basically falling under that same concept. still a bit of money though
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Old 11-04-2010, 12:14 PM   #6
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Ok then. My ignorance, as I already knew they had a higher hourly rate (atleast $100/hr), just wasn't aware that when you bring your own parts, that rate likley jumps.
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Old 11-04-2010, 12:27 PM   #7
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wtf why does the rate jump if you have your own parts. you're just paying for labour.
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Old 11-04-2010, 12:44 PM   #8
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wtf why does the rate jump if you have your own parts. you're just paying for labour.
main reason is that people often bring wrong or damaged parts - shops order new / rebuild and they deal with the supplier if wrong part is received.
if customer has to deal with the their "supplier" then it only takes longer.
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Old 11-04-2010, 12:51 PM   #9
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If a shop only charged labour and you brought your own parts, they would not be able to survive. The money they make off parts can be a significant part of a shop's income. That is why many shops choose to charge extra labour if you bring your own parts. The funny thing is that alot of times, you can get as competitive of a price from the mechanic or better than if you go out and buy it yourself.
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Old 11-04-2010, 02:08 PM   #10
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If a shop only charged labour and you brought your own parts, they would not be able to survive. The money they make off parts can be a significant part of a shop's income. That is why many shops choose to charge extra labour if you bring your own parts. The funny thing is that alot of times, you can get as competitive of a price from the mechanic or better than if you go out and buy it yourself.
Don't kid yourself, indies will still survive.

The more I think about it if I had to pay $150/hr it wouldn't be too long before = http://www.maxjaxusa.com/
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Old 11-04-2010, 03:22 PM   #11
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Don't kid yourself, indies will still survive.

The more I think about it if I had to pay $150/hr it wouldn't be too long before = http://www.maxjaxusa.com/
So your going to go buy a lift...good for you. So your basically putting up capital so you can save money. A mechanic is putting up capital to make money. Thats how it works. Now do I think $150 is high, yes I do. However, anyone that is in business is there to make money, not save you money. If it works out that both can happen, then great.

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You come in with your car to do some work. Labour rate says it takes 10 hours to do the prescibed work. I know I can do it in like half that because I've done it a million times. I charge you 6 hours plus parts. You come in and say you are going to bring your own parts because you can get them cheaper. That is fine by me, but since I;m not selling you parts, why should I give you a break on labour? Now I'm gonna charge you 10 hours. I hope you saved more than that on your parts.
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Old 11-04-2010, 04:58 PM   #12
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just a lil FYI

Its the same shop rate here if you purchase your parts from here, or you bring your own parts.
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Old 12-16-2010, 04:21 PM   #13
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just a lil FYI

Its the same shop rate here if you purchase your parts from here, or you bring your own parts.

hahaha...
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Old 11-04-2010, 02:17 PM   #14
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This was a fairly pricey part.....Water cooled alternator for an '03 540.
BMW wanted $1,600,
Indie old me $1,100,
After I told him I could get the part for half that, he dropped his price to around $950.
I bought it from autopartsway.ca for $596 + $160 core + tax. So basically $700 after they credit back the core.
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Old 12-16-2010, 04:41 PM   #15
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It's nice to come from a small town
Going rate for the euro shop here is $59 an hour......they have never disappointed me yet
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