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Hello and welcome to just answer and allowing me to assist you. Aw yes padding the price of parts is a common hidden rip . If you done that research and good for you that you did then I would take those figures to the service manager and or owner of that business and present those figures to them. If you have a negative response then you inform them it gives you no other choice then taking it to the BBB, most businesses will settle before that. I have a link to a sight that has a booklet you may like and tell freinds about to deal with this very issue and how to find and work with a reputable shop.I will include the link. Hope this helps you out and always get a second opinion and quote when your dealing with expensive repairs. cheers. http://automotivesystemsinmotion.com/
Was this purchased from a dealer or general repair shop? It's hard for me to tell you that because I live up here in Canada and prices are quite different. But what I would do is phone into the parts department at a dealer and just ask for a price on that particular alternator they won't know who is calling and give you the right price . I know for a fact even up here prices on starters and alternators from a dealer are ridiculous as I worked for them many years.
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