: dealer charged me $280 for new battery

10-28-04, 04:23 PM
Man what a ripoff. My wifes escalade broke down and the battery was dead. We just happened to be close to a dealer and tow truck dropped it off. They charged $280 to install new battery and if I did not install the battery it was going to be $195 for diagnosis. jees what a rip off Sewell cadillac in Dallas is!

10-28-04, 04:40 PM
I can't believe you paid that!

10-28-04, 06:20 PM
Thats a lot! I beleive that they are required to post their labor and diagnosis rates, never heard $195 to diagnose. Battery at thae most is about $75.00 and 1 hour labor what ever it is over there. Even if the battery were $80, I doubt labor would be $200. :hmm:

10-29-04, 07:35 AM
you can get an optima yellow top for about 120. that's insane.

10-29-04, 07:37 AM
That is a ripoff. :(

10-29-04, 10:41 AM
Holy cow, 280, you coulda gotten a battery at my shop for about 85-90 and thats a good interstate battery, and we put them in for free. Amazing how much people pay for stupid stuff, support your local parts store and service shops, it'll save you money. Also a dealer bases their flat rates on how long the book tells them it'll take. If they have to hook it up to a comp and screw around, the book may say 3 hours to figure it out if its hard, so thats what they charge regaurdless of it only taking 30 minutes.

11-06-04, 08:46 PM
Yikes! I paid just a bit more than that for a PAIR of Optima yellow-tops with an isolator/failover relay. I'd have a chat with the management of that dealership, suggesting that getting screwed doesn't contribute to future business for the sales dept.

11-06-04, 10:18 PM
Most factory batteries have like a 5 year warranty...you sure they didn't rip you off...you might have a case...