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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-27-2011, 02:42 PM
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On Dec 23rd. A nice early christmas present. Ended up with 2 new rims and tires, tire pressure monitoring systems, axle housing and cross member. It went to insurance, so my part of the bill, which came to $4,284.29, was $500.00 It was done at Von Housen Mercedes in Sacramento. They were really nice to me, and so far, all is o.k. I sure am glad to have her back!
Am very happy for you that it only cost you $500, BUT....$4284.29 is about 1/2 the cost of a used 2008 with a few miles on it. It just sounds outrageous to me for the amount of the parts and work done. Maybe I'm still locked into my old '71 Beetle, where you could get 2 rebuilt engines for that. I think a new muffler was 25 cents. Just kidding about the muffler.

Ahem....I'm going to ask, because everyone refers to you as "him," but "Janabel" sounds feminine to me. Which is it? I apologize in advance if your name is something like "Zeke H. (for Harry) Janabel."
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It is good to hear that Von Housen delivered on or ahead of schedule and that they apparently do good work. I have stopped in there twice just to see the progress they are making integrating smart into their operation. The parts guy was telling me how inexpensive he thought smart parts were compared to mercedes. They are not carrying many extras for smarts though.
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Well, you know how expensive parts are! If you priced a car one item at a time, it would cost a whole lot more. Anyway, I'd have had to pay the same $500.00, no matter where it was repaired and the dealer seems to have done it right, so far. They promise "excellence" and with those prices, they bloody well should! Janabel is a she, thanks for asking.
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Well, you know how expensive parts are! If you priced a car one item at a time, it would cost a whole lot more. Anyway, I'd have had to pay the same $500.00, no matter where it was repaired and the dealer seems to have done it right, so far. They promise "excellence" and with those prices, they bloody well should! Janabel is a she, thanks for asking.
I'm so perceptive that I scare myself sometimes.
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