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I am just looking to see what people are charging for maintenance items like flushes, fuel service, oil changes ? I read an article on ratchet and wrench saying it might be a good idea to make a complete fluid exchange package. Does anyone do package deals? Would you be willing to share pricing on these things? thank you !

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Generally I charge 199.97 for coolant exchange via my robinair coolantXchange machine, 129.97 for fuel service, 129.97 for brake fluid flush. Since these are commodity items I may run specials on these from time to time. For packaging, I have not done that yet however I believe if sold correctly, package discounting is not necessarily needed since the urgency for these maintenance services should be clearly conveyed to the customer.

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Best answer is I don't but may work for someone else a bit better. For most of my customers have pressure fitting coolant hoses. The machine works best with tradition hoses that are secured by a hose clamp. I've had to make my own adapters off of old hoses. The machine also takes about 4 gallons of pure coolant to exchange a full sys.

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I like something like this http://www.lntstore.com/products/Coolant-Flush-Machine-by-QwikDraw-Super-Flush.html it works off of vacuum and works on any vehicle.

 

But as of now I have a BG coolant flush machine and it works well. I like how it does not require air to operate and is very quite.

 

My coolant flush it 169.95.

 

Brake flush is 119.95

 

Diffs are 85 each

and T-case is also 85

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I offer a 4x4 service for $500. Involves changing all the fluids and all filters. 2wd is $400. 60% of the time they get new brakes and tires. The good thing is a customer who's willing to spend $500 on this service cares about preventative maintenance and is a good customer to have

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Yes, if required. Mostly we use OE fluid for the transfer cases and diffs. There are some exceptions, Mercedes hydraulic oil for the suspension is $35/liter I charge extra for it. One ton diesels need more fluids, some of the European charcoal filters are $$$, nobody has objected yet. Mostly we do Silverado 1500's, honda crv's and Subaru's which I based the package price on. I stock the fluids for those, they are not too expensive. The guy with an AMG or M5 understands his car doesn't apply to any package price deals.

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