Meineke Complaint - Meineke (Southampton NY) - Parts Prices Marked Up Over 300%
SOUTHAMPTON NY -- I brought my nineties Honda to Meineke in Southampton for a rear brake service estimate. I figured I probably needed drums too so I was willing to pay up to $200. Their estimate was for $304, which breaks down as follows: Labor $95, drums $118 (2 x $59), shoes $50 and $41 for a hardware kit. (Total Parts $209). Even allowing for a decent markup, the parts prices sounded high to me so I decided not to have the work done before qetting a parts quote from my local CarQuest. CarQuest's quote was drums $41.14 (2 x $20.57), shoes $18 and $12.75 for a hardware kit (Total $71.89). In the course of doing some online research I learned that CarQuest has a national contract with Meineke, so given that there’s almost nothing but CarQuests out here on the east end of LI, I think it’s safe to assume that’s who Meineke called for their quote, and even if Meineke's discount is only 10% that works out to a 323% markup (209 / (71.89 * . 90) = 3.23) !!!!!!