Nice folks, and convenient however, it comes at a high premium. The ONLY reason I didn't wind up using them was because they wanted to charge me approx $6,200, ($5,000 just in labor alone) to drop in a motor from a wrecking yard. They said it was a 25 hour job at $200/hr!!!! For The motor, the place selling it only wanted $400, but NW Auto was marking it up to $1100. I have absolutely no problem paying more for good quality service or with someone marking up a price a bit, but I felt marking it up that much was totally out of line, and the overall price was more than twice of what the next highest shop wanted out of all the professional shops in Cowlitz and Clark Counties. I would understand if this was a custom motor swap, or new motor, not a wrecking yard motor of the exact same engine. Or, I could understand if they added on extensive warranties, or SOMETHING to justify theprices being that high. In the end, I really wanted to do business with them but I felt Like I was being price gouged, so found a shop offering to do it for $1,500 that also gives a 3 year warranty on the motor that actually specializes my rig.
Jared, Thank you for the review. However, the estimate we provided doesn’t match the numbers stated in this review. The estimate for labor was substantially less than indicated in this review. Also, with this particular vehicle, the engine was partially disassembled prior to coming to our shop. Oftentimes in this type of situation there are many missing bolts and components, which causes unpredictability in the repair. In regards to the estimate for parts, the cost of the used engine from our vendors is substantially higher than indicated. The estimate also included parts to replace at the time of used engine installation; including the timing belt kit, water pump, radiator hoses, serpentine belt, thermostat, fuel filter, air filter, spark plugs and flushing the cooling system. These recommendations come from 30 plus years of experience with installing used engines. In addition, the estimate includes the 8.1% sales tax, which is substantial on a repair of this size. At Northwest Auto Specialist, we strive to conduct the most professional repair possible.
- Northwest Auto Specialist