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Old 05-05-2005, 07:40 PM   #1
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I finally might be able to gather up some money to be putting either lowering springs or an AEM intake on a 2004 ion sedan, but it seems like all the shops around me charge an arm and a leg. Is 65$/hr. totally ripping me off or is that fair? I dont have a lot of experience with auto shops so some input would be great. Keep in mind I do not have the tools, workspace, nor the know how to install these parts myself, so thats out of the question.

Also, if any of you live in southern california, if you could reccomend a shop to me it would be appreciated. Thanks.
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I would check with your local BBB for advice- as shop door rates vary somewhat with the market/region.
But IMO $65/hr is pretty reasonable- assuming it's a "professional" operation with qualified and well training techs. It's NOT unusual to see $100+ door rates in dealership shops!
"Shade-tree" and backyard type operations will often charge considerably less which may look like a deal at first but...
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I called the people from the retailer in this link Sprint Lowering Springs
They said they charge about 65dollars/hr, and will install the spring lowering springs for $293.85 flat, springs + labor + tax all inclusive. How does this deal sound? On the phone, the person I spoke with was courteous, polite, and professional and even went out of his way to total up the entire price for me, out the door (all i called for was installation price).

Im open to opinions!
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Do you have AAA of So Cal.??? They publish a list of mechanics in your area that have to meet Auto Club standards for their work to get certified and to earn the Club's recommendation [Like Saturn of the Valley BTW].
I had the 101 pt. check of my 95 SL1 done by Saturn of the Valley after I first got it, once I saw that they were AAA approved. Plus I also have a 63 Valiant so the need for a reliable mechanic is important.
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I called the people from the retailer in this link Sprint Lowering Springs
They said they charge about 65dollars/hr, and will install the spring lowering springs for $293.85 flat, springs + labor + tax all inclusive. How does this deal sound? On the phone, the person I spoke with was courteous, polite, and professional and even went out of his way to total up the entire price for me, out the door (all i called for was installation price).

Im open to opinions!
That's a good sign. That is usually an indicator that they are familiar with the work you want done, especially if that info came from someone just answering the phone. Just : GET IT IN WRITING, before you do anything, okay?
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i work at a pep boys in northeastern illinois, the shop labor rate here is $80/hour. you're getting a deal @ 65.
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Thank you for the replies! I meant to say Sprint* lowering springs up above but im sure you all got the idea.

How do I go about getting this list of mechanics from AAA (which my parents are a member of)?

Thanks again.
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Me and my pops (who works for GM 38+ yrs) put on a set of Sprint lowering springs. I now have a 3" drop and running on 18's. It looks wicked!!! The most important thing to do after install is alignment and I can't stress this part enough. I had to contact the dealer to get the numbers (I know, since it was lowered the numbers will change a little bit), but with a little elbow grease, a little know-how and some slight guesswork, you'll be on the road in about an hour and a half. $65 an hour is totally fair considering most dealerships will hit you up for about $250 or a 4 hour min. We took my satty to a local college that had a shop class. Up on the rack and a willing instructor and you'll have tons of help from the kids in the class who want to gain some experience in lowering a vehicle and you'll get a lowering job for far less. Plus, you may end up meeting a future pro-tuner/street racer who may be able to help you affordably squeeze some more hp out of your satty. Check out www.cardomain.com/id/ariesofmars to see what I mean. Later!!!
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slick looking ion you have there. Thanks for the input.
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Thank you for the replies! I meant to say Sprint* lowering springs up above but im sure you all got the idea.

How do I go about getting this list of mechanics from AAA (which my parents are a member of)?

Thanks again.
The local AAA office has them. I got mine at the one on Kester & Van Owen here in Van Nuys.
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