Midas Auto Service Informative - Attempted robbery - Strut replacement on 2000 Oldsmobile Alero
LAWRENCE, KANSAS -- This week I took our 2000 Oldsmobile Alero to Midas because of a squeeking noise that accured when turning. They were polite and correctly diagnosed the problem. They told me I needed to replace both front struts at $430.06 each($860.12), $217.42 labor, $29.97 for shop materials. They also said it should be aligned after replacing the strut (an additional $79.95). If you are not appalled by this estimate you should be. I went to the local auto parts store and paid $178 for the quick strut assembly (I could have bought it online for $138 plus $11 postage). I am not a mechanic but have a set of sockets. It took me less that 20 minutes to take the tire off and remove the 5 bolts holding the strut in place: replace with the new quick strut and put the tire back on. The way I figure they make 250% on parts and over $600 per hour for labor. If that sound reasonable to you then by all means take your car to them.