Why are dealerships so expensive? It isn’t like they are the only ones that sell the original equipment parts.
Case in point…I was told that as a cause of one of the cylinders not firing is that my ignition coil pack is not working correctly and may need to be replaced. Now, I didn’t say, “Uh-huh” to the first thing that someone said. I did the responsible thing and read the manual. Everything pointed to the coil pack. Now to explain what a coil pack is would be to say that it is “today’s distributor cap.”
So I called the dealership. Price for a new Ignition for an Ignition Coil Pack $149.20 + tax
Then I called an auto parts chain. Price for the same part. no difference $107.99 + tax
I don’t get it? I mean. The dealership is going to charge you by the time you add tax $162.63 and THEN charge you for putting it on, but I bet they will drag their feet and end up charging you like the part is inside the engine when it is right by the hood latch. The only thing that holds it on is four bolts and (on the Silver Sloth) six spark plug wires. It took me 4 minutes to take the part off including disconnecting the battery.
Dealerships are good for one thing…..buying a car. You can find a brand dealer certified mechanic that doesn’t charge you $5 billion for the part and $10 billion for the labor.
Of course, here again is a great example of capitalism. Woo Hoo! That and oil/gas prices.