Your information was helpful!
I checked out the websites you listed and found them interesting, but NOT ONLINE.
I'm going to keep looking though; I think this is the type of information that SHOULD be on the internet to help consumers.
I also think that Lawyers, Doctors, Dentists, Morticians,etc pricing information should be available to the public so there is some type of reference point for consumers. There's not much worse than being at the mercy of any of the above in a time of crisis or emergency and NOT having a reference point.
And it's NOT their hourly fee I object to ... it's the fact that they all do the same or similar service day in and day out, and seem unable ( or is it unwilling) to tell you how MANY hours it will take.
Perhaps I'll start a new internet business to solve this problem.
I also think I'll look into joining you as an expert on justanswer.com. Is it working out for you? Would you recommend it?
But I digress ....
Once again, thanks for your prompt reply.
Two other things that you might find of interest.
1. While visiting www.chiltonsonline.com
, I clicked on the link to the demo of their 2006 Labor Guide CD. As it were, their example was the replacement of a master cylinder on an Audi. It showed labor time of: OEM - 0.7 hrs and Standard - 1.0 hrs. And that's for an AUDI !
2. It turns out it wasn't my master cylinder, but a leaking brake line. The labor table at alldata.com showed 0.4 hours and in checking, the parts ( brake line, fittings etc) could easily been purchased at local parts stores for under $10. This guy quoted me $280 to replace them. I say them because on the phone he said that they often cracked the adjoining line in replacing the broken one. Having done this myself before, it made some sense, BUT, I thought I'd take a look for myself. As it turned out, the lines are separated by about 2 inches and removing the support bracket would allow them to separate even further so damage was NOT likely.
I offered him $150 to replace the one damaged line ( less than 20" in length and easily accessible, and he became "huffy". Needless to say, I'll take it to my regular mechanic for repair. At labor cost of $70/hr (very high for our area) he wanted to bill me for 3 hours labor. What a rip-off !
Enough of this ...... once again thank you for your answer.
For your entertainment,