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Are these service prices fair?

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Are these service prices fair?

I'm due to get my car serviced (2013 Toyota Matrix) and got a quote from the dealer mechanic and got these prices:

Front Brake Service: $84.00
Rear Brake Service: $118.00
Brake Fluid Flush: $139.99
Throttle Body Service: $149.99


Are these the prices too expensive?
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PiusPatronus wrote:
Jun 13th, 2015 9:39 am
I'm due to get my car serviced and got a quote from the dealer mechanic and got these prices:

Front Brake Service: $84.00
Rear Brake Service: $118.00
Brake Fluid Flush: $139.99
Throttle Body Service: $149.99


Are these the prices too expensive?
What's the car?
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Yes , you could get the same work done for half that price at an Indy shop
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Kasakato wrote:
Jun 13th, 2015 9:45 am
What's the car?
Sorry about that, I completely forgot to add that in. 2013 Toyota Matrix
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PiusPatronus wrote:
Jun 13th, 2015 9:48 am
Sorry about that, I completely forgot to add that in. 2013 Toyota Matrix
Sounds about right for a dealer. That said it's expensive for what it is.

DIY
Brake service: $20 of lube that will last years
Flush: $10 of fluid
TB clean: $10 can of cleaner that will last 2-3 services

Indp Shop
Brake service: $100-150
Flush: $50-100
TB: $50-100
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That's super cheap. Get it. You won't get any better deal than at the dealership.
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Disc brakes (front or rear) if they makes no noise, you don't feel any problems then there's no need to service them until pad replacement time. They are pretty much self cleaned.

Brake flush is usually done when brake pads are changed but if you've never done it and your car is on the second set of pads, it doesn't hurt to do it.

If you don't feel and idle or hesitation you can skip throttle body service.

Independent garage is always cheaper than stealerships.
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acheuk wrote:
Jun 13th, 2015 5:37 pm
Disc brakes (front or rear) if they makes no noise, you don't feel any problems then there's no need to service them until pad replacement time. They are pretty much self cleaned.

Brake flush is usually done when brake pads are changed but if you've never done it and your car is on the second set of pads, it doesn't hurt to do it.
Rear disc brakes rust and can seize up, recommend getting them serviced once a year to prolong their life.

Brake flush schedule should be in owners manual. For Honda's it is every 3 years, do not know for Toyota.
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acheuk wrote:
Jun 13th, 2015 5:37 pm
Disc brakes (front or rear) if they makes no noise, you don't feel any problems then there's no need to service them until pad replacement time. They are pretty much self cleaned.

Brake flush is usually done when brake pads are changed but if you've never done it and your car is on the second set of pads, it doesn't hurt to do it.

If you don't feel and idle or hesitation you can skip throttle body service.

Independent garage is always cheaper than stealerships.
I had a set of caliper pins seize nuclear strength as the lube dried out (terrible dealer install) and let water through the boot. IMO I would service yearly just to get eyes on the pins and keep things moving.
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Kasakato wrote:
Jun 13th, 2015 6:41 pm
I had a set of caliper pins seize nuclear strength as the lube dried out (terrible dealer install) and let water through the boot. IMO I would service yearly just to get eyes on the pins and keep things moving.
A good mechanic will spot brake issues when he does a brake check, usually with an oil change or regular service. There are always exceptions to things. If you pull a trailer, drive in salt, sea water etc, you should check the brakes more often.
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tk1000 wrote:
Jun 13th, 2015 5:59 pm
Rear disc brakes rust and can seize up, recommend getting them serviced once a year to prolong their life.

Brake flush schedule should be in owners manual. For Honda's it is every 3 years, do not know for Toyota.
Like I said there are exceptions to things. Rust could break many things not just brakes. If you drive in severe conditions checks should be done more often. What I'm talking about is general case, use your own judgement. It's like if someone tracks his cars, the maintenance schedules will be much much different than your grandma's car.
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acheuk wrote:
Jun 13th, 2015 8:46 pm
A good mechanic will spot brake issues when he does a brake check, usually with an oil change or regular service. There are always exceptions to things. If you pull a trailer, drive in salt, sea water etc, you should check the brakes more often.
Im curious, how do you spot brake issues when changing oil?
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Kasakato wrote:
Jun 13th, 2015 9:03 pm
Im curious, how do you spot brake issues when changing oil?
A lot of places look to upsell services when you come in for an oil change... brakes is an easy upsell.
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Thats right for dealer price. However, it does cost probably half if you get them work by indepentant shop

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