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    Hello,

    I am moving to from the East to the West Coast <therefore the URGENT at top> and am getting a complete tune-up on my Mercedes SLK. I got a quote from my Mercedes dealership that it would be $340 to replace the battery and $866 to replace the tires (Michelin).

    Now, my friend (who knows much more about cars than I do) advises that do not have these 2 things done by the dealership and instead - go buy (Yokohama instead of Michelin) tires and battery elsewhere and have it installed at half the price.

    Please tell me - is it a big NO-NO to have work done anywhere else other than a Mercedes dealership? Or does it not matter?

    Any & all information is greatly appreciated. Thank you
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    how old is the battery? how well does it hold it's charge?

    what condition are your tires in?

    if i owned a Mercedes SLK, i'd have it serviced at a Mercedes dealership.
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    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL Those are some ridiculous prices. Go buy an optima battery and have someone pick out a nice set of tires for you. Then save yourself about half or more of what the stealership wanted to charge you.
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    The tires are at least 8 years old and the battery is completely shot. So I'm definitely in need of replacement. So, I'm not crazy here, those prices are astronomically high, right?
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    yes, they are.
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    you can go to autozone and get a battery for 30 bucks lmao
    and $900 for new tires? Bull shit. go to an independent shop they'll do it for WAY less,
    hell thats like a $300+ labor fee for maybe an hours work
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    a Duracrap battery from AutoZone for a 2001 SLK:
    Part Number:
    H8-DLG
    Price:
    $129.99
    Core:
    $12.00
    Total:
    $141.99
    Warranty: 8 YR

    tires? www.tirerack.com
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    Thank you everyone for the help. So I'm not doing my car a huge disservice? You don't think getting the tires/battery elsewhere will give me early troubles down the road?

    Here is the breakdown they claim needs to happen:

    $180 battery
    $30 hold down belt
    $92 test
    $34 service
    ____
    $340 total


    $174 per front tire
    $179 per rear tire
    $40 for mounts
    $120 to balance tires
    _____
    $866 total
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    yea their prices for the tires themselfs are all screwed up, head elsewhere. as long as you get it done somewhere good its fine
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    Thank you Everyone!! You have been immensely helpful.
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