Hello everyone, I'm looking for some input on the B service. At my dealer in Edmonton, the price for B service is "a little over $600" and I'm trying to figure out why...
For reference, the A service is $155 (a ripoff, yes, I know; Lexus charges $80 here, and Honda's A on a Civic is $70 and B is $120).
From my 2014's service schedule list, the extras that are done on a B service compared to A are:
- Rotate tires
- Remove, inspect and service front and rear brakes
- Test coolant, inspect hoses and clamps
- Inspect engine & air cabin filters - replace if necessary
#1- Is actually not included in the $600 cost, even though they'd have to take off the wheels to service brakes... the dealer said it's $20 extra.
#2- Is the big ticket item- I'll get back to this one...
#3- I'm assuming all they do is sample fluid and look at it, so 1-2mins work...
#4- My sketchy dealer said it's hard to get to and takes time. I know for a fact it can be done in under 30 seconds by going behind the glove box.
Based on the above, #3+4 are worth $50 if you're extremely generous, and since #1 is not included in the price, that leaves $400 to "service the brakes". My dealer wasn't able to give me a real answer as to what is actually done, but I went to the other dealer in town recently to get touch up paint (which my dealer doesn't stock) and their people were a lot less sketchy/more competent and were able to tell me. Basically they take off the brakes and separate the "layers" and clean the rock chips, balance out uneven wear, etc. out in the interest of increasing the lifespan of the brake pads.
I didn't think of it in time to ask them while I was there, but doesn't it seem odd to pay ~$400 to do preventative maintenance on parts that cost only ~$100 new?
What are people's thoughts on this?