I recently took my car to a “Cadillac” “Specialist here in Los angles CA.
After leaving my car to diagnose my steering column for not shifting properly. I get this txt from the shop owner. Mind you I just got the car and wanted to at least shift from the column without having to shift for the engine bay. Also wanted to get a price on dash lights to work. Basically I’m trying to feel out if he’s putting gravy on the labor.

Here we go. Parts Labor
Oil pump kit - 225 375 600
Steering column 395. 550 945
Turn signal switch. 295. 295
(Labor Included
From dash)
Fuel pump leaks. 189. 250. 439
Headlight switch
( dash removal) 250. 375 640
Dash bulbs (15)
Repair wiring harness
For RT headlight
And cornering Light 250. 250
Install rear 1/4 panels 125. 125
Repair brake line to
Master cylinder+bleed 125. 125
Total $3584.94

Before I could approve the repairs I got this txt from the business owner.

Lee here is a breakdown of the parts and labor to get your caddie up and running and safe for the road..
we have already completed the following
1.  Oil pump
2.  Headlite switch
3.  Wiring harness repair
4.  1/4 panel replacement
5.  Brake line repair
Remaking items are steering column.. turn signal switch...and the fuel pump that is leaking raw gas...
You have a $500 credit..
Please call this am at your convenience
Thanks J

Basically does this look normal. Figured this would be the best place to either know if I’m getting bamboozled or it looks ok. I dropped it at the shop when there was an old timer there that works part time. I knew they charged 125 an hour. I came In just wanting to get it to driver status. Ie. changing gears. But for sure didn’t want to be driving a ticking time bomb.
Thoughts. Good or bad are appreciated

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Comment by Ray Schick on December 13, 2018 at 10:01pm

Question, are you mechanicly inclined , is it possible that you could do some of this work by your self to help alleviate some of the costs ?


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