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Old 08-18-2006, 12:32 PM   #1
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Anyone in the Richmond, VA area know a good alignment shop that is not gonna put me over a barrel? The dealer wanted like $120. I donít mind paying but I want it done right. Has anyone had any good results with some local shops?

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Old 08-18-2006, 12:43 PM   #2
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Hi, I'm over in Farmville, VA and our local mechanic will do it for about half that of what Euroclassics in Richmond in Richmond charges. But I am having Euroclassics put on new Michellin's on Monday, and I am having them do the alingment at the same time.

With the costs associated with this "new" toy, tires, MAF sensor and such, the 50.00 or so I would save by having another party do the alingment, does not seem like that much. Also, when I am at the dealer, I always bug Gene, the mechanic that has worked on my Boxster last two times. I ask questions and discuss any issues I am having with the car. For me, that alone, is worth the extra few bucks. Have fun,

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Old 08-19-2006, 08:06 PM   #3
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Anyone in the Richmond, VA area know a good alignment shop that is not gonna put me over a barrel? The dealer wanted like $120. I donít mind paying but I want it done right. Has anyone had any good results with some local shops?
Honestly, $120 for a proper 4 wheel alignment on a Boxster is CHEAP. My dealer get's $245 for the same service and I gladly pay it because I haven't found anyone yet in Central Florida that I trust to do it right.
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Old 08-19-2006, 09:43 PM   #4
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Honestly, $120 for a proper 4 wheel alignment on a Boxster is CHEAP. My dealer get's $245 for the same service and I gladly pay it because I haven't found anyone yet in Central Florida that I trust to do it right.
Honestly, $120 is rip off. Good thing I got connection, even the Porsche employee will say they charged "too much".
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Old 08-26-2006, 04:41 PM   #5
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Honestly, $120 is rip off. Good thing I got connection, even the Porsche employee will say they charged "too much".
Hmm, so you think $120 is a rip off. Well, how much time will the average Porsche mechanic who knows what they are doing spend on the car, 1 hour, 2 hours, 30 minutes? Let's talk average time. My guess is about 1 hour average. Consider the dealership's hourly rate at anywhere from $75 - $150 depending on location. Also factor in the cost of the machine (many thousands of $$$$) and that hourly rate need to be that high to pay for the overhead of being able to service your car.

You may not like to pay it or you may have a shop that had paid for equipment and "Bubba" over in the corner who's "always wanted to work on a Poorsh" either way, you get what you pay for. With my dealer I know the alignment tech and I can take it back for minor "tweaks" gratus, that kind of post sales support is why I write the dealer larger checks than some may feel is "fair".

Come on people, you don't own a Kia. No one said Porsche ownership was going to be cheap..... At least it hasn't been cheap for the last 30 year's I've owned Porsches.
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Old 08-27-2006, 01:51 PM   #6
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Euroclassics Service Is Terrible

I like their sales staff but .... their service staff is terrible. Overpriced and not well done IMO. Do not leave without making sure they did what they said they would do. Alignment from EC -- not on my car and why buy tires from a dealer?

Just my dime.

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Tom

PS I bought two Boxsters from them but will not go back or recommend them due to their service staff. Plus the owner is rude.


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