Originally Posted by David Ajax III
That's because otherwise they do not qualify to be called a stealership. Generally for small repairs, I go by this formula:
(fair price x 2) + $200 = stealership price
Ten months ago the clutch decided it was time to retire.
Enquiry to the stealer ( good old friend for 20 years, has sold me 5 Bmw's and one Porsche Gemballa - he is the Gemballa stealer in Greece also ).
3800 Euros + 500 Euros for installation ( including the flywheel ).
Besides being a customer I am also their financial advisor.
Question : " John ( the owner of the stealership ) is this REALLY your best price" ???
Answer : "Ofcourse, I do not earn a penny from the clutch. I am giving it to you at cost".
BULLSHIT. I call a friend at Athens BMW headquarters for Greece. He is obliged to me, so I can get some "confidential info".
"Pavlo ( Paul ), how much do you charge ( wholesale price ) for the clutch + flywheel" ?
"2485 Euros INCLUDING tax"
Back to John. I am offering you 2600 for parts and 350 for labor.
John : " ARE YOU NUTS ??? YOU ARE STEALING ME ( AHAHAHAHAHA ) "
Result : Job done with 3000 Euros in total, including oil change for the gearbox.
End of story.
P.S. Want stories about stealers ? I can write a book.