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On my 2000 S430 I had the right lower ball joint done by my new indie shop in Jan 07 for $389. I was not allowed to supply my parts and was charged $106 for the part (included in the $389)

Today, I had my left lower ball jount done by my old indie (that worked on my 87 300E years ago) for $117 labor and I supplied the German part from AutohausAz for $35.

Do the math, the second shop is less than half!

It really pays to shop around, learn from my lesson.
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In my remodeling bussines quite often I charge 30 % of what Home Depot does.
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On my 2000 S430 I had the right lower ball joint done by my new indie shop in Jan 07 for $389. I was not allowed to supply my parts and was charged $106 for the part (included in the $389)

Today, I had my left lower ball jount done by my old indie (that worked on my 87 300E years ago) for $117 labor and I supplied the German part from AutohausAz for $35.

Do the math, the second shop is less than half!

It really pays to shop around, learn from my lesson.
I have also learned that we usually get what we pay for... Hope it works out for you.

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Are you trying to say something about my business???
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On my 2000 S430 I had the right lower ball joint done by my new indie shop in Jan 07 for $389. I was not allowed to supply my parts and was charged $106 for the part (included in the $389)

Today, I had my left lower ball jount done by my old indie (that worked on my 87 300E years ago) for $117 labor and I supplied the German part from AutohausAz for $35.

Do the math, the second shop is less than half!

It really pays to shop around, learn from my lesson.
It's another issue when you supply the parts, sometimes.

I don't like that, because part of a reasonable profit a shop is customarily allowed to make includes a reasonab le markup on the parts that are used.

It is somewhat like bringing your own steak to a restaurant and asking them to cook it.

Also some shops won't agree to that practice, because of troublesome liability issues that might arise if they installed a customer supplied part, which later failed.

One possible argument for having the work done at the Mercedes dealer is that if things go sour, later, there is possible further recourse at the Zone level.

Price alone in my mind, should not be the sole criterion of good service. Doing the job correctly, the first time, honesty and fair dealing, and complete explanations when requested are other things I would deem important in selection of the repair facility.

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You might notice that your post came after the one to which I replied...

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All very good points, a reasonable markup on parts is fair, we all are (in some way) in business and need to make a profit but a $35 part marked up to $106 is obscene.

Both indies are well respected and work on all Euro makes. My old indie who was the lower price guy provided great service on my 300E. I switched to the new guy because it was a bit closer to work never thinking to compare prices. I am now back to the old guy.

Looks like it is working out JH, the wheel hasn't fallen off yet

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I've gotten both lousy service by paying top dollar and great service while also paying a great price. Sometimes you get what you pay for, and sometimes you don't.

I do agree that shops deserve to make a profit, but some take advantage of the fact that most people do not shop around. In general, the prices charged for brake jobs are ridiculous, you'll find huge variation.

Sounds like this is also the case with the ball joint in question. There could be a major discrepancy between the book time and the amount of time it actually takes.

I also agree that it can be helpful to have the dealer do the work if the car is fairly new. Many manufacturers (probably including MB) are much more likely to provide out-of-warranty assistance if you've been loyal to one dealer for all of your maintenance and repair. (Learned this the hard way.)

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