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Alignment Cost

Reader Question

I have a Kia Sedona mini van, and I would like to know what does an alignment cost these days?

Keith B.

 

Hello Keith

My wife also drives one of those vans, and she loves it. Your question really depends on where you live and what shop you are going to. A dealership alignment will cost more than say…your local mom and pop garage would. That is pretty much a given for ALL work at a dealer over a smaller independent shop.

You should expect to pay anywhere from $69-129 for an alignment. I would guess that $100 would be about average and you will get a 4 wheel alignment not just the front end.

Be warned though, with most alignment jobs your mechanic will try to upsell you with something…shocks, brakes, tires etc. etc. since the alignment is sometimes seen as a loss leader to get you in the door so they can find something to sell you that is profitable. Doing the actual alignment is not profitable, but selling shocks and struts IS.

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  • Austin Davis

    Depends on your area, but in my area (Houston TX) about $79 is what the going rate is at a local repair shop and about $110 at a dealership.

    I would be very leery of any shop advertising $39 alignments though, be prepared to be upsold to death to make up the cost some how. Actually, I would be leery of just about ANY upsells you will most likely be given.

    “Worn struts” are a very common sales pitch when getting an alignment, and usually a worn strut will not have any bearing on tire wear or alignment of the vehicle, just on the comfort of the ride.

  • Stephanie Parker

    I have a 2000 Saturn LS1 ,what is the cost for alignment for my car