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    • anon_private
    • By anon_private 11th Jul 17, 12:17 PM
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    Mobile Mechanics Rates
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    • 11th Jul 17, 12:17 PM
    Mobile Mechanics Rates 11th Jul 17 at 12:17 PM
    I am having my exhaust system replaced on my old Peugeot 205 GTI

    The mechanic will remove the old system and replace it. I have supplied the parts.

    I have an estimate, but not a comparison.

    Any idea what is reasonable. I realise that it depends on how long the job takes.

    Thanks
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    • wgl2014
    • By wgl2014 11th Jul 17, 12:31 PM
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    • 11th Jul 17, 12:31 PM
    Try calling some local garages and see what they would charge. Might not be the easiest job for a mobile mechanic without a car lift.

    FWIW I would suggest approx £40-60 per hour.
    • khcomp
    • By khcomp 11th Jul 17, 12:36 PM
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    • 11th Jul 17, 12:36 PM
    It would be an hour at the most, barring problems, at a garage with a pit or a ramp. As has been said, not the easiest job for a mobile mechanic due to lack of clearance under the car. Local labour rates could be anything from £15 - £100 per hour, but I'd be squealing at anything over £50 to fit an exhaust. Most tyre & exhaust places & small garages wouldn't show a separate labour rate on top of the exhaust price if bought from them.
    • anon_private
    • By anon_private 11th Jul 17, 12:40 PM
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    • 11th Jul 17, 12:40 PM
    The mechanic quoted £50-£60, so it looks reasonable
    • EdGasketTheSecond
    • By EdGasketTheSecond 11th Jul 17, 12:41 PM
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    • 11th Jul 17, 12:41 PM
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    • 11th Jul 17, 12:41 PM
    Just take it all to an exhaust place; they have the ramps and oxy-acetaline. It's not a job for a mobile mechanic.
    • anon_private
    • By anon_private 11th Jul 17, 12:44 PM
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    • 11th Jul 17, 12:44 PM
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    • 11th Jul 17, 12:44 PM
    Just take it all to an exhaust place; they have the ramps and oxy-acetaline. It's not a job for a mobile mechanic.
    Originally posted by EdGasketTheSecond

    My mobile mechanic is quite happy to do the job. I took it to an 'exhaust place', got a quote, and left
    • EdGasketTheSecond
    • By EdGasketTheSecond 15th Jul 17, 3:40 PM
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    • 15th Jul 17, 3:40 PM
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    • 15th Jul 17, 3:40 PM
    Well if you are happy with your mechanic, then why ask about it on here?
    • anon_private
    • By anon_private 15th Jul 17, 4:35 PM
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    • 15th Jul 17, 4:35 PM
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    • 15th Jul 17, 4:35 PM
    Well if you are happy with your mechanic, then why ask about it on here?
    Originally posted by EdGasketTheSecond
    Just read my question


    'I have an estimate, but not a comparison.

    'Any idea what is reasonable. I realise that it depends on how long the job takes.'
    • Robisere
    • By Robisere 15th Jul 17, 5:37 PM
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    • 15th Jul 17, 5:37 PM
    One lesson: Don't get an "estimate" - get a written quote.

    Doesn't matter what the job is. Give the details: make, model, year.

    An estimate is just that, estimated. A written quote is official and binding. There is usually a time limit of xx days, before the quote no longer applies.
    There may be more than one way to skin a cat.
    But the result is always inedible.

    • forgotmyname
    • By forgotmyname 15th Jul 17, 10:43 PM
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    Why not just take it to the local exhaust places? They pay a lot less than you will for the parts. Are the parts you have used?
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    • anon_private
    • By anon_private 15th Jul 17, 11:29 PM
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    Why not just take it to the local exhaust places? They pay a lot less than you will for the parts. Are the parts you have used?
    Originally posted by forgotmyname
    At first I took the car to an 'exhaust place'. Their quote was far too expensive. I bought the system off e-bay with a massive saving, and after fitting, the overall saving will be large. I did the right thing.
    • debtdebt
    • By debtdebt 16th Jul 17, 1:54 AM
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    You've not had the exhaust fitted yet though have you? It might be a poorly made pattern part that won't fit properly without knocking on the underside of your car or blowing. The old exhaust might have rusted on bolts which may need specialist equipment to get off.

    At least if you took it to a garage and got them to supply and fit the part, all the above would be their problem.
    • anon_private
    • By anon_private 16th Jul 17, 10:16 AM
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    The exhaust is of high quality and a well known make, as verified by reputation and the mechanic.

    The mechanic has inspected and aligned the system and sees no obvious problems.
    • BeenThroughItAll
    • By BeenThroughItAll 16th Jul 17, 10:18 AM
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    The exhaust is of high quality and a well known make, as verified by reputation and the mechanic.

    The mechanic has inspected and aligned the system and sees no obvious problems.
    Originally posted by anon_private
    All good then, and rather renders this thread pointless.

    I'm out, it's exhausting dealing with topics like this.
    • anon_private
    • By anon_private 16th Jul 17, 10:24 AM
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    All good then, and rather renders this thread pointless.

    I'm out, it's exhausting dealing with topics like this.
    Originally posted by BeenThroughItAll
    I entirely agree.

    I gained the information that I needed early in the thread.

    I will also stop following the thread.
    • fred246
    • By fred246 16th Jul 17, 1:32 PM
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    The last time I took my car in to an exhaust place they removed my exhaust and replaced it with one which wasn't designed for my car. They bent it to fit. It was much smaller bore than my exhaust. They hung the pipe on one mounting instead of the original five. I ended up driving away with no exhaust and then fitting my own. I have fitted my own ever since. Buying your own off ebay means you can be sure of the quality before it is fitted. A garage will make more profit by fitting a cheap exhaust. Poor quality means you will be back for a new one sooner. Employing a mobile mechanic means less overheads and you know who has done the job if there is a problem. Obviously DIY is always best but if you can't mobile mechanic is next best IMO.
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