Went to open the tail gate on the truck this morning and when I lifted on the handle it resisted. So I pulled a little harder and "POP" it was free. But the tail gate was latched. I run up the road a few miles to a body shop to have it looked at. 6° F out and didn't want to mess with it. Lift handle broke and has to be replaced. A bit later the owner comes out and tells me the part is $194.00. I siad no way. Lets try to find a used one first. Said he would.
About 3 hours later after I got my running done I got on the internet and found several for a 04 Avalanche. Parts fits several model of GMC and Chevy trucks for several years. Couple parts stores wanted around $70 for the after market part. Ordered an after market for $13.95 to my door off the internet. New with warranty. No big deal to install it so will do it myself. Body shop was going to get the OEM part for around $120retail, the rest was their mark up plus .3 hour labor to install it at $80/hr.
I don't mind paying for parts and labor to have them installed as long as it seems a fair price both ways. When they try to rip me off I have a tendency to back way off and go a different direction.
Edited by chieffan, February 06, 2018 - 08:12 PM.