We all have a choice, we can pay high prices for labor and parts or we can shop around. I shop around for parts; NAPA, Tractor Supply, STENS, Rock Auto, Northern Auto, Surplus Center, Bailey Sales, and as a very last resort the dealer. I do the labor myself. I've acquired most of the tools used and some from Harbor Freight. Most of the time, the tools pay for them selves the first or second job. Many have paid for themselves many times over the years.
If someone is going to charge $80 an hour to tube a tire, I'd buy a small tire changer at Harbor Freight for $40 and a tube at TSC for $10 and do it myself. Most of the time little stuff like that I'm able to complete in less time than it takes to drive to the place. With my luck, these things happen when nobody would be open anyway. I've had so many Sunday morning breakdowns that I stock complete tuneup sets, belts, fuses, and bulbs for my cars. I also have generic heater hoses and steel brake lines. My double flairing tool has paid for it self a dozen times over just in the convenience of having the car ready for Monday morning.
I strongly encourage everyone to learn to do the work yourselves. For every dollar you save, thats a dollar and a half that you didn't have to earn(taxes). I also like the feeling of independance I have because I am mostly self reliant. Good Luck
Edited by boyscout862, January 16, 2013 - 10:02 AM.