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Our 03 Civic, 116k miles, needs new struts. Mechanic says it will cost $1,000+, not counting replacing tires that may be too worn due to the old (original) struts. Also that with strut replacement it will need new alignment. 1. Is all this true? 2. Is $1,000-$1,200 fair or a ripoff?

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Bogi Lateiner, Owner and Technician at 180 Degrees Automotive Hi Maura! I think that sounds like it is a bit on the high side, unless the technician is quoting you for replacing springs and/or strut mounts as well. If that is the case it is not too bad. Depending on the shop labor rate and the quality of parts used - I would expect replacing both front struts to be between $400 and $800. It is definitely best to replace both fronts at the same time - even if only one is bad, and an alignment after is also standard. The tires may indeed have worn unevenly, it is common with weak struts. If there is still a lot of tread left and the wear is not *too* bad, you may be able to get away with just rotating them to the back of the car. Hope that helps! Bogi

Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines Dear Maura, Check out this site for approximate repair costs in your area. Look up struts and then go back and look at an alignment. Whenever suspension work is done it's usually best to have an alignment, that is true. Lori Johnson

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