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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-18-2007, 09:09 AM Thread Starter
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Honda Dealers' Labor Rate

The headlight on my Valk wouldn't come on when the switch was turned on. Checked out all the usual things: headlamp bulb, fuses, wiring, etc. Took it to the dealer in Ft Walton Beach and the guy in service dept knew immediately what it was: the right handlebar switch module. He wiggled the starter switch and the light would come on.

I haven't had a dealer service the Valk since I bought it in January so I decided to let them do an 8k mile service (includes carb sync) and go over the bike thoroughly for peace of mind, in addition to replacing the switch module.

Then I asked what the labor rate was. $110.00 per hour They did a 600 mile service on my Sabre last year and the rate was $75.00 an hour then (if I remember correctly). What gives That is a huge jump in labor rate! If I wasn't getting the 8k mile service I think I would pick the Valk up and install the switch myself! Total cost will be $575.

What are dealers charging in your area?

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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-18-2007, 11:15 AM
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$65 an hour. Somehow it cost me $82 and some change for them to take off the side plate and say,"your clutch is fine, must be your transmission."

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I believe $37.50 a half hour. And the reason it cost you $82 for them to take off your side cover and say nope your clutch is fine, must be the trans is BECAUSE.......... there's almost always a one hour minimum at any shop whether it be a motorcycle, automotive, truck, whatever.

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post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-18-2007, 02:35 PM
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In Evansville, IN the two local Honda dealers charge $75 and $95/hr which I why I use an indy dealer at $55/hr. The owner is a former top fuel drag bike racer and they really know their stuff.

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Last I checked around here a year ago the rates at most motorcycle dealers was around $70 per hour. If they have gone up that much in a year, I may consider changing careers! I'm reminded why I end up doing most work myself.
Cars are just as bad though. They wanted $290 to change the water pump on my daughter's 1994 Berretta. She can't afford that so I bought a new one for $20 and installed in three hours. If a person is a little mechanically inclined, it sure pays to buy a manual and do what you can yourself.

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post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-18-2007, 06:09 PM
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Also keep in mind that they work on flat rate... not direct bill per hour.

If they do a given 'work' that the flat rate manual says should take
2 hours to do and the mechanic does it in 1hr, you still get charged for
two hours... as does he gets paid for 2 hrs.

On the same note, if the flat rate book says it takes 2hrs to do the job and
he takes 3.5 hours, you still only get billed for 2hrs and he only gets
paid for 2 hrs.

Shop rates around the country average between $65 - $75.
$110/hr is insane.

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post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-19-2007, 10:27 AM
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Shop rates everywhere are to high , the best thing to do is either learn how to do it yourself or find a friend that knows how.

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With the increase in new riders every where, there is a high demand from riders who don't know basic mechanics. High demand = High cost.

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post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-19-2007, 01:42 PM
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I work for a Ford Dealership.

The shop labor rate not only pays the technician (they get about 55%) it pays for the service manager/writer, lights, compressors, water and all of the other overhead expenses. Training on different models is expensive. Shop Manuals are expensive. Diagnostic equipment is very expensive.

I am not knocking the do-it-yourself'er, I will do all that I can do myself. I just hope ya'll realize that the labor rate pays for more than the repair.

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