Although the price of an alternator is dependent on the car you have, you can expect to pay an average of $400 with prices ranging from $200 to $600 for the US in 2019.
The alternator helps power the electrical system of your car when the engine runs. Without a fully functional alternator, everything from the airbags and car heater, to power steering and braking mechanisms can start to fail. Early signs of a faulty alternator are dim headlights and the dashboard not lighting up properly. It is a good idea to purchase a manufacturer rebuilt alternator or a new one. Other things to take into consideration when working out the costs are the condition of the alternator you are purchasing. You can choose from a part from the original car manufacturer (OEM) an aftermarket new part (AN) or an aftermarket remanufactured (AR). Companies like Bosch also make high quality remanufactured alternators. Usually, OEM parts are the most expensive, however.
Estimating Labor Costs
labor costs vary quite a bit depending on the vehicle you have, the mechanic you take it to and the part condition of the part you use to replace it. The mechanic’s labor rates are also important. A mechanic may charge $100 an hour while another mechanic charges $75 an hour and a master mechanic, or foreign specialist charges $125 an hour then you get why total labor cost can vary so greatly. The condition of the prt and labor rates do not vary greatly but some additional changes or modifications may be needed depending on the kind of alternator you choose. Often more expensive mechanics will not install remanufactureed or aftermarket parts for warranty reasons. Before just purchasing the first suitable alternator for your vehicle, do a little investigation. Seek out the actual number of the part for the required alternator. Then search online to find the best deal and a reputable mechanic.
Below is a chart showing labor totals for popular cars:
|Vehicle Classification||Model 1||Model 2||Model 3|
|Hatchbacks||2007 Ford Focus ~ 1.2 labor hrs||2007 Honda Fit ~1.9 labor hrs||2007 Mazda 3 ~ 0.8-1.5 labor hrs|
|Sedans||2007 VW Passat ~ 1.6 labor hrs||2007 Honda Accord ~ 0.6 labor hrs||2007 Lexus ES350 ~ 4.3-5.3 labor hrs|
|Wagons||2007 VW Jetta Wagon ~ 3.0 labor hrs||2007 Subaru Outback ~ 0.7 labor hrs||2007 Audi A6 ~ 2.2 labor hrs|
|Sport Cars||2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata ~ 1.0 labor hrs||2007 VW GTI ~ 1.8 labor hrs||2007 Chevrolet Corvette ~ 0.6-1.0 labor hrs|
|SUVs/Crossovers||2007 Honda CRV ~ 1.1 labor hrs||2007 Hyundai Santa Fe ~ 1.8 labor hrs||2007 BMW X5 ~ 3.1-3.4 labor hrs|
|Pickup Trucks||2007 Nissan Frontier Pickup ~ 1.5 labor hrs||2007 Dodge Ram 1500 ~ 0.6 labor hrs||2007 Ford F-150 (non-turbo) ~ 0.7 labor hrs|
Schedule Alternator Replacement In Scottsdale
Call or Stop By Our Alternator Shop In Scottsdale, Arizona. In addition to being a full-service gas station, we employee ASE Certified mechanics that work on imports and domestic vehicles alike. Our team is here to help! Conveniently located in Scottsdale we can tend to nearly any vehicle repair or maintenance need. Stop by our Alternator Shop In Scottsdale located at 7171 E Lincoln Dr. Scottsdale, Arizona 85253 or by giving Bridwell Automotive Center a call today (480) 948-4781.