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Air Filter price gouge

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I have a 2016 Goldwing. The local Honda dealership, Garvis Honda, quoted me 3 hours labor with filter, $400! The dealership that I actually purchased it from, (owned by the same company) VanWall Powersports quoted me 2 hours labor plus filter, $300!

My local sole proprietor run shop, that works on all types of bikes, quotes me $150 for 1.5 hours and $38 for OEM Honda filter. IT PAYS TO SHOP AROUND!
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Sounds like shopping around paid off for you. I finally changed mine a month ago. It was severely overdue. I鈥檓 retired now so I had plenty of time to do it myself. Took me roughly 3 hours. 馃憤
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I have a 2016 Goldwing. 鈥︹.My local sole proprietor run shop, that works on all types of bikes, quotes me $150 for 1.5 hours and $38 for OEM Honda filter. IT PAYS TO SHOP AROUND!
Good luck with that.鈥︹ would be concerned he doesn鈥檛 know what he鈥檚 doing or is in for鈥..
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I have a 2016 Goldwing. The local Honda dealership, Garvis Honda, quoted me 3 hours labor with filter, $400! The dealership that I actually purchased it from, (owned by the same company) VanWall Powersports quoted me 2 hours labor plus filter, $300!

My local sole proprietor run shop, that works on all types of bikes, quotes me $150 for 1.5 hours and $38 for OEM Honda filter. IT PAYS TO SHOP AROUND!
I had a quote of $450 to bleed the brakes from a dealer. Got it done for $160 at a private bike shop. Sure does pay to shop around. Same shop I paid around $150 for my air filter to. I waited for it. Little more than a hour to do. OEM Honda filter to.
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If you want to learn to do the work yourself and save money, purchase Fred H.鈥檚 videos (Angel Ride Enterprises in the Vendor section). First air filter change will more than pay for them.
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It鈥檚 not price gouging unless you paid their unacceptable asking price.

You did the right thing - walked away and chose a better alternative.

Tim
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I paid $150 last June for an air filter change at a dealer.
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At dealer shop rates, I find it hard to believe they could change a filter with a new filter at that price. The job is not terribly hard but quite time consuming.
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At dealer shop rates, I find it hard to believe they could change a filter with a new filter at that price. The job is not terribly hard but quite time consuming.
I could change the fiter in my 2004 in less than 2 hours. My 2012 takes at least a 1/2 hour longer. More things to remove.
It takes me several hours. Never counted, and don't care as it's not a simple job that can be done quickly. Anyone who can do it in even 3hrs is doing good. I never rush and have better success taking my time. That's part of the reason I do it myself, because rushing brings mistakes and when someone else does the rush job you won't know how many mistakes were made. My opinion, there will likely be many if the job is done in 1.5hr.
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Maybe they quote it high - because they don't want to do it.
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When having a shop do the filter change for $150 + parts, do they give ya all the left-over push pins?
I would definitely use a bore scope to check and see if they actually changed the filter.
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Plus, do they get the screws back in the proper places? Some have different threads and different length barrels. Hand tighten or use air tools. Lot's of plastic tabs to break and a lot of connectors need to be seated properly and wiring that needs routed the correct way.
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Plus, do they get the screws back in the proper places? Some have different threads and different length barrels. Hand tighten or use air tools. Lot's of plastic tabs to break and a lot of connectors need to be seated properly and wiring that needs routed the correct way.
I learned the hard way. Had the recall done on mine and found two tabs on the front rear fender broken. The dealer had an inexperienced new guy reassemble the fender. The service manager wasn't happy about replacing the fender.
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