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Offline Stephen Dietrich

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Restoration costs
« on: December 07, 2012, 11:10:59 AM »
I am finding it extremely expensive paying for labor costs of restoration work here in the Los Angeles/California area. For my Citroen it's $120/hr and usually around $100/hr for any of my other vehicles. I found it is sometime less expensive to ship to an area where labor costs are more reasonable, $45/hr. I had a MG TD that was non op and had issues with its brakes. I could find anyone who would ship the car. I was able to find a restoration shop in the area and they did the job for a lot less than what it would cost in Southern California. He was also able to get it shipped enclosed for half the cost of what I was going to pay. When the MG gets delivered, I'm send back my '67 Austin Healey to be worked on. Just thought I would share this with the group. Stephen
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Offline CraigS

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Re: Restoration costs
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2012, 03:07:11 PM »
Stanard dealership costs here in Australia vary from $120 to about $160/hour, so I don't think your costs are unreasonable. Standard (non dealership) costs are in the range of $80/hour.

Offline Stephen Dietrich

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Re: Restoration costs
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2012, 04:55:54 PM »
I am not sure what our dealers charge as it has been a long time since I took my car to a dealer. Stephen
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Offline John Ellis

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Re: Restoration costs
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2012, 06:40:33 PM »
 .... and no Citroen dealers in the US.  Besides that, not many dealer service departments know what to do with a car that is more than 15>20 years old.  They are looking for the diagnostic plug to download what is wrong with the car, then to the computer to tell them what part to replace.  No repairs!
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