Well, I got impatient and wanted my four brake pads replaced immediately. Many smaller shops in France are closed on Mondays. I was doing some moutain rides on Tuesday. I wanted them replaced right now. So, I went to a large chain called Sport 2000. They posted a shop rate of 12 euros a half hour. Four pads, seemed reasonable. I said ok. Replace them. Thought pads are cheap.
Well, he charged me for one hour. Four pads !!!. And the material cost 20 euros for the four. I was shocked. The bill came to 42 euros. About $50 US.
I should have purchased them and replaced them at home. I thought a shop price of 12 euros. Since they were down to the metal, I was in a hurry. So I did.
This is outrageous, no? At smaller shops , I 've had dedicated mechanics spend 40 minutes adjusting my rear cluster , finding out it was assembled incorrectly. Small shops, might charge more for accessories. But, I find they are more dedicated and minimize their bill when it comes to repairs. Where, I feel large shops have to play by the rules and pad repair bills as the management demands.
So , in spite of some here, I say small shops are the better deal. Your feelings.
I will prefer to do business with small shops , whenever possible. That 42 euro bill at my usual shop would have probably been about half the cost of Sport 2000, I predict. 50$ US. was i shafted?