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Old 04-06-2013, 09:47 AM
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How much should I charge to do 8 injectors

I have a guy wanting me to do 8 injectors for him but im not sure what to charge the guy. I ran into him at a gas station and hes very frustrated since 6 other shops refuse to do the work and he has to get it done since its his tow truck.

but how much should i charge where im not ripping him off like a shop would but at the same time im compensated well for the work?
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Old 04-06-2013, 09:51 AM
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Figure out what the book calls for hours to replace them.

Call around and ask local diesel shops what they charge per hour.

Charge him no more than those guys - and also remember you don't have the same overhead expenses.

Profit!
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went on my international service site and they state it should take 5.5 hours
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I'd charge 400 for install of injectors. I can swap them in under 3 hours


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being that nobody wants to help him, its kind of an open market.

I think the $400 sounds fair. I would say it would take you 4 hrs or less. Also it depends on what you think you are worth. You could do $250 and still be good.

I would not get too greedy. If you give the guy a good fair price, he make come back to you for future work. Things to think about. Sometimes when you just make it worth your while but help a person out at the same time; brings you more in the future.
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hell $250 is still a good junk of change to change them, especially if he will come back and you got nothing in the swap such as buying tools or such
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The way I always look at it if I am doing work for someone and I'm not a business is that I do the work for what I'm happy making on the deal. If I'm familiar with something and its "easy" for me I try to make the person pleased.

Maybe I also feel good karma can go a long ways... I feel that if I do something to help someone else out it will come back in a positive way for me later, somehow.
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I ran into him at a gas station and hes very frustrated since 6 other shops refuse to do the work and he has to get it done since its his tow truck.
This is a big red flag to me. Are these diesel shops or not? The only time I have heard of a professional turning down work is if they don't know how to do the job or the customer is a known dick and they are sick of dealing with him. You're putting yourself in in a very bad position financially if you are not a professional mechanic, especially if it is his work vehicle. Worst case is the engine being hydrolocked and being sued for a 2014 F450 and loss of income for his business.

BTW, this is not saying you are not capable of doing the job, it is just the story sounds fishy and the fact it is a work vehicle. From a liability standpoint I would walk away.

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This is a big red flag to me. Are these diesel shops or not? The only time I have heard of a professional turning down work is if they don't know how to do the job or the customer is a known dick and they are sick of dealing with him. You're putting yourself in in a very bad position financially if you are not a professional mechanic, especially if it is his work vehicle. Worst case is the engine being hydrolocked and being sued for a 2014 F450 and loss of income for his business.

BTW, this is not saying you are not capable of doing the job, it is just the story sounds fishy and the fact it is a work vehicle. From a liability standpoint I would walk away.

Very good points. It's not common for a shop to turn down a task as simple as an injector change. I mean, I haven't changed an injector yet, but there is a plethora of stories of guys doing so on the side of the freeway, so it can't be that complicated.
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If you've never done it, then i'd surely pass. I'm sure you can, but someone else's vehicle isn't exactly where i'd want to be doing on the job training.
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