Labor Costs for Muffler and Pipe Installation on 1997 Acura RL?

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Henry Johnson asked 7 months ago
I have a 1997 Acura RL with 155,000 miles and recently discovered two small holes in the pipe next to the muffler. A mechanic quoted me $550 for replacement, but I bought the parts online for $130. What should I expect to pay for labor in Rochester, NY, and are there shops that install customer-supplied parts?
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Zack Norman Staff answered 7 months ago
Hi there, Henry! Great job on finding a deal for your muffler and pipe! For your 1997 Acura RL, the labor costs can vary based on your location and the garage's policies. In general, you might expect to pay around $100 to $200 for labor, considering the average hourly rate at most shops. However, there are a few things to keep in mind:
  1. Part Installation Policy: Some garages might not install parts purchased by the customer due to warranty and quality concerns. It’s always a good idea to confirm with the garage if they are willing to do this.
  2. Complexity of the Job: While replacing exhaust parts isn't typically very complex, the condition of your vehicle (especially considering its mileage) can influence the effort required. For instance, rusty bolts or additional wear might require more work.
  3. Regional Variations: Labor costs can be higher in certain areas. Since you're in Rochester, the rates might be different compared to other regions.
  4. Additional Parts: Ensure you have all necessary additional parts like gaskets and hangers. Sometimes these aren’t included with the main components and are essential for the installation.
Remember, it’s always wise to get a few quotes from different shops to compare. Don’t hesitate to ask them about the complete breakdown of the costs. Good luck with your installation! Zack - Motor Verso Mechanics Team