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September 26, 2005

What a difference a day makes

I got the bad -- but not unexpected -- news on Saturday that my Jeep's fuel pump was on its last legs. My friendly neighborhood mechanic quoted me an ungodly sum for replacing it: $926.87 installed.

I knew this meant he was being billed out the bum by whatever location is selling the part. Knowing the local dealerships, my bet is he called Earnhardt, where they seem to mark everything up 100% over Mopar's/Jeep's list prices. For example, list on my replacement battery tray is $14. I paid $30 at Earnhardt. I'm glad I called around when I had to replace my tail lamp housing; Earnhardt wanted over $100 more than Pitre. The extra drive time was worth it to save the cash.

The fuel pump?

It lists for $330.

Wherever my shop called wanted $620 for it.

I just got a response back from Airpark Jeep's online parts sales and they're asking under $200.

Posted by Colin at September 26, 2005 4:26 PM

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