Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Costly Cars Might Need Pricey Part Replacements

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Costly Cars Might Need Pricey Part Replacements

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Dear Tom and Ray: I have a 2004 Acura RL that had developed an intermittent headlight problem where one of the headlights would go off unexpectedly. The quick solution was to turn the lights off and then immediately back on, and the faulty headlight also would come back on. My local Acura dealer's service department indicated that any one of three separate headlight components could be the culprit, and that it isn't possible to test them separately. The total bill was as follows: Inverter -- $364, igniter -- $180, bulb -- $178, labor (including removing and replacing the front bumper to access the headlight unit) -- $318. With 7 percent sales tax, the total repair came to $1,113. Have I just been given a good hosing, or are these reasonable charges for this type of repair for this vehicle? -- Kyle

Ray: Yes, and yes.

Tom: First, I want to say that I am impressed with their estimate -- off by only 13 bucks on a thousand-dollar-plus job. …

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