Originally Posted by pgiroua
I have gotten (4) separate quotes from local lift shops here in the Houston area. Below are the results:
For those interested, I am asking a price to replace the spindles and struts up front, new leaf pack and shocks in the rear. They would also have to mount and balance new rims and tires and do an alignment.
Why such the broad range? What is everyone's opinion of where the price SHOULD be at?
The range can be due to a lot of things, namely the shop's experience with that type of work and how busy they are. If they're not making markup on the parts, some shops don't want to bother installing someone else's parts.
In my opinion, $80+/- for an alignment, 1 - 1.5 hours to install new shocks all around so figure $150ish, $40 - $50 to mount and balance 4 tires and 1 hour to swap the spindles so another $100. Roughly, I'd guess your total should be in the neighborhood of $400 before taxes.
There is some efficiency gained with doing all the work at once which my guesstimate does not take into account. There is also some risk with rust on older trucks in the salt belt or near salt water (not sure if you're near the ocean).