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Dealer diagnostic fee, are they really this high?

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  • Feb 23rd, 2018 12:02 pm
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Dealer diagnostic fee, are they really this high?

My wifes AC stopped working last summer and it's time to get it fixed as Summer is coming up. We went to the dealership to do deal with a recall and I inquired about checking the AC.
The dealer told me it would require a diagnostic fee of $159+tax, and that the fee is on top of the repair, it would not be deducted if I got the work done. I almost choked.

Does that seem insane to anyone else? Car is a 2007 Honda Civic if that matters
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Your 1st mistake was going to the dealer for anything outside of warranty or recall work.

Luckily you have not made the 2nd mistake.

Take it to an independent shop.
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I called my local Toyota dealership just to see how much it'd be to run a diagnostic for a check engine light. They quoted me $112 + HST and like your situation, it would not be refunded if they did the work.
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RedStrikeCa wrote:
Feb 22nd, 2018 7:32 pm
Its an 11 year old car. Time to sell before it becomes a money pit/rust bucket, or just drive with the windows open.
It's an 11 year old Honda with 65k on it. it never gets driven and in 11 years the only thing wrong with it is a broken AC and a recall for an airbag, why would I sell it?
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It's called stealership for a reason. Go to an independent garage and they will not charge you.
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HghSsociety wrote:
Feb 22nd, 2018 6:33 pm
My wifes AC stopped working last summer and it's time to get it fixed as Summer is coming up. We went to the dealership to do deal with a recall and I inquired about checking the AC.
The dealer told me it would require a diagnostic fee of $159+tax, and that the fee is on top of the repair, it would not be deducted if I got the work done. I almost choked.

Does that seem insane to anyone else? Car is a 2007 Honda Civic if that matters
Not sure where you are located but if you are somewhere in the west end of GTA I can pm you an a/c mechanic who is very reasonable and honest. Depending on the issue with your a/c system, there are certain remedies which can resolve refrigerant leaks.
The new family of 'stop leak" sealents will work on most systems where the leak is not too big. For a car that is eleven years old, I don't think anyone is foolish enough to spend a lot of money on any level of serious repairs.

http://goredangel.com/blog/ac-stop-leak-work/
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I get how they charged for a fee just to check the car, but man... its expensive!

Hopefully you get your A/C fix.
Good luck!
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carmaster wrote:
Feb 22nd, 2018 8:18 pm
It's called stealership for a reason. Go to an independent garage and they will not charge you.
Almost all shops charge a diagnostic fee.

The mechanic needs to diagnose what the issue is, determine which parts (if necessary) are required, develop a quote, and present it to the customer for approval. I've never heard of a shop doing this for free.
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I just flushed $1250 down the toilet and haven’t solved my car problem yet.

Your $159 diag fee looks pretty good to me right about now.
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Parts quote for drum brake auto-adjusters at Toyota: two for $120.

Parts quote from RockAuto: two for $8.

Dealerships can go to hell.
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carmaster wrote:
Feb 22nd, 2018 8:18 pm
It's called stealership for a reason. Go to an independent garage and they will not charge you.
No charge? Which garage is this?
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billford wrote:
Feb 22nd, 2018 11:53 pm
No charge? Which garage is this?
I guess what @carmaster meant was indy shops will not charge you diagnostic fee to look at it. Obviously there's repair/parts/labor fees after when you do fix it.

The dealership's need to maintain their high profile in the public, so their rates are always higher for everything compared to everyone else.
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Bleys007 wrote:
Feb 22nd, 2018 10:34 pm
Parts quote for drum brake auto-adjusters at Toyota: two for $120.

Parts quote from RockAuto: two for $8.

Dealerships can go to hell.
Yep. Replaced the magnetic ride rear struts on my car last year. Dealership wanted $1000 each; Rock Auto was $350.

I try to support local businesses when I can and I understand they need to make money, but that price difference is disgusting.
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lamboman wrote:
Feb 23rd, 2018 6:29 am
I guess what @carmaster meant was indy shops will not charge you diagnostic fee to look at it. Obviously there's repair/parts/labor fees after when you do fix it.

The dealership's need to maintain their high profile in the public, so their rates are always higher for everything compared to everyone else.
So, if you have a drivability problem, they will diagnose it, spend a hour or 2 on it, tell you what you need, and you can leave for no charge?

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