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    Default Cost of hitch installation?

    What's the average price of installing a hitch on car. I got quoted for 230.00 out of the door. Is this a reasonable price? Your experiences?

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    $230 includes the hitch right?

    i'd say that's what, 80, maybe 100 for labor?

    that's a little much. I installed mine myself (with very little experience with stuff like that) and i would have paid $20 and a case of beer for someone else to do it.

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    Yeah that includes the hitch, as well as shipping.

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    They will install for $20-$30 bucks and the cost of the hitch will probably be half of what you were quoted.

    That was my experience when I had one installed a couple of years ago.

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    I had it done for $200 (including the hitch) in the Bay Area. After seeing it installed, I wished I would have just done it myself. It is super easy.
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    a heniken mini keg and me and chewi is all it takes took like an hour with the wiring on my XB

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidB View Post
    $230 includes the hitch right?

    i'd say that's what, 80, maybe 100 for labor?

    that's a little much. I installed mine myself (with very little experience with stuff like that) and i would have paid $20 and a case of beer for someone else to do it.

    80 ~ 100 bucks an hour is a typ. shop rate these days.

    I agree with checking with U Haul. No one does more then them. Or do like davidb and get on yer back and bolt it on. Nothing really hard about it.
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    It can depend on your car and the hitch. Pep boys said they'd install mine for $50 and the hitch costs $130 plus tax. U haul told me $211 for both. With tax there's not much diff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockinthecasbah View Post
    a heniken mini keg and me and chewi is all it takes took like an hour with the wiring on my XB
    word. I have done a few factory ones and some aftermarket ones.

    What kind of car?
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    its just simple bolt on action. whip it up your self and buy you some pedals.

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    you can get a hitch at u_haul for 150 and they will install it for another 50
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    If it's a bolt up kit it should be pretty easy. Jack up the rear of the car, drop the exhaust, bolt up the kit, reinstall exhaust. If it's a weld on kit then I suck at that.
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    2007 Honda CR-V
    Quote Originally Posted by Chewyeti View Post
    word. I have done a few factory ones and some aftermarket ones.

    What kind of car?

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    Mine was super easy to install. No need to take off exhaust or anything, just bolt it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vukyle View Post
    2007 Honda CR-V
    a vehicle like that, that was designed with a hitch to be added later is a breeze to install yourself. Most likely it's just 4 holes that you put 4 bolts into. Most vehicles are like that. Really simple stuff.

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    I'm going to put a hitch on the Prius. Is that a hassle or hard?
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    It depends on what kind of car you own.

    I drive a Toyota Sienna. My husband ordered hitch online and installed himself. Just four bolts and wiring. It was a snap.

    My husband drives a Ford Escape. He looked into installing himself and discovered it had to be welded. He decided to have it done at U-Haul, which had the best price.

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    I went to U haul, was quoted $160 installed on my Jetta. They ordered the hitch, called me when it came in and I went over to have it installed. The guy installing it was new, and the manager was busy with other customers, so I installed it while the new guy watched, with U Hauls rack, jig, drills , bits and air wrenches. Done in 30 minutes, had to put the bumper skin back on and do a little trimming.

    It's easy if you have the proper tools and time, a hassle if you don't have the tools and you want to install yourself. The manager gave me $60 back, since he said I trained his new employee on hitch installations.

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    Like everyone has said, if its bolt on, its crazy to pay a mechanic to do it. Heck, I'd do it for you for a 4 pack of boddingtons (if its a bolt on).

    I got a bolt on for my Toyota Matrix and it works / looks great no modification necessary.

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    The aftermarket hitches have gotten a lot better with installations fitting the vehicle you have. I have installed a few and its SUPER easy... Takes about a 1/2 hour and I would give it a ONE Beer on the scale. Its nothing more than a bolt on product. They use existing holes in the cars frame to install. I say go for it and do it yourself!!!

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