Interested in knowing the actual published time allowances for repair operations? Post the repair here (be specific) and I'll let you know how much time allowance is given in the current Mitchell Mechanical Labor Estimating Guide, used by most shops to calculate labour charges. Just multiply the time by the shop's hourly rate. Includes domestic and import cars, vans, SUV's and light trucks (pretty thin on VW, though). Some operations may exceed the published times due to factors such as seized or broken fasteners, aftermarket equipment installed, etc. Diagnosis (includes driveability, rattles, squeaks, water leaks, etc) and wiring repairs are usually straight time, the actual time clocked on.
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