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Did I pay too much for a new battery?
The battery cost $58.95, but I ended up paying a grand total of $134.47, which I feel is too high. Or am I wrong?
Anyhow, when I dropped off my van I told the mechanic that I wanted him to test my battery first to see if I really needed a new one. About 45 minutes later I received a call from his employee telling me that, yes, I had needed a battery and that one had been put in. I've dealt with this dealer for several years, so I felt comfortable with him him being both reliable and honest. When I went to pick up my van I was given the bill for $134.47, an amount two and one-third times the price of the battery.
The charges are as follows:
10.00 Shop Supplies
22.50 Battery - Testing -[Includes: Hydrometer and load test.]
37.50 Battery - Remove & Replace - [Includes: Test.]
For what it's worth, my car was in the shop less than 30 minutes. Of course, I'm more concerned about what it cost rather than how long it took. Does the amount I paid sound reasonable these days? It's been a number of years since I bought a new battery, so maybe things are simply done more expensively nowadays. One thing I noticed is the $22.50 charge was for testing, yet the $37.50 charge "includes test." I'm not sure what that means. Maybe I was accidentally charged twice for "testing." Apparently the "testing" charges cost more than the battery itself! And that's before the addition of "shop supplies" and sales tax! I haven't yet discussed any of this with the mechanic, but will certainly talk to him early this week.
Another thing. I found out from Toyota that the remaining months on my 84-month Toyota battery can be pro-rated, meaning I should be due a refund of nearly $50.00. Does that apply even if I bought the new replacement battery from an outside dealer? I believe it should. I'll carry the old battery to my Toyota dealer on Tuesday and see what they can do for me.
I would greatly appreciate hearing from anyone who can answer my questions. Thank you.