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Looking for the best price on getting struts on a 2004 Toyota Camry LE replaced

I'm looking for the best price on getting struts on a 2004 Toyota Camry LE replaced.

What are the best deals for getting all four struts on a 2004 Toyota Camry LE replaced in the Bay Area, CA?

So far I have gotten a quote from Midas to have all four struts replaced on my 2004 Toyota Camry LE for a cost of $1,200.

I'm just interested in finding out if I can get any better deals than the price that I have been quoted from Midas.
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joinaunionCommented:
Are you able to do it yourself?
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KnowledgeableAuthor Commented:
No, I will need to have it done by a mechanic.
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Michael-BestCommented:
The quote you have gotten seems reasonable, and to find a cheaper service is unlikely.
If you go to a back yard mehanic then you will get cheaper work with no guarantee.
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nickg5Commented:
SF Bay area:
searching: install struts
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/search/aos?query=install+struts&srchType=A

You can buy the parts yourself, at Autozone or Advanced Auto Parts.
They can loan you the tool needed for the spring, that needs to be compressed, to change the struts.

I've changed mine one time. I had some trouble but got through it.
Autozone loans out the tools for the job.

$1200 is $300 per strut. My current car needs struts and on my local Craigslist, I found a mechanic who did weekned side jobs, willing to change my  rear struts for $150.00 labor. The parts are about $140 per side the last time I checked.

Delaying the job until you get a reseasonable cost won't hurt that much. Your tires may wear a little more than if the struts were new.

I'd call Autozone and find out the cost of the parts. Subtract that from $1200 to determine the labor Midas is going to charge per hour. They normally use a book to tell them how many labor hours to charge you, when tehy may be able to do the job in half the time.
Call Autozone for parts prices, call some SF Bay area mechanics, and look for an independent mechanic. Avoid dealers and places like Midas for the lower costs.
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Michael-BestCommented:
Safety (guaranteed) vs lower cost... its your choice....do it yourself has been rejected by your comment "No, I will need to have it done by a mechanic"
Dependable service comes with a price tag...
Good Luck and safe driving.
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joinaunionCommented:
Keep calling around.
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nickg5Commented:
a long list of SF mechanics, with phone numbers, address, and customer feedback.

shocks and struts San Francisco

http://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc=shocks+and+struts&find_loc=San+Francisco%2C+CA
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KnowledgeableAuthor Commented:
Does anyone else have any further comments or suggestions?
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Michael-BestCommented:
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KnowledgeableAuthor Commented:
Midas' deal is the best!
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