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    Default Towbar Installation vs Price hike

    Thought of getting my car a towbar installed; preliminary enquiry of the price gave me a shock, and have to drop the idea! As I am not prepared to spend so much of money for an item I hardly use - maybe once of twice a year!

    Two shops quoted me at $650 ~ $750 GST included. I remember, years ago it was only around $350.

    A towbar is not a high tech piece of car accessory and 1 hour of labour to install shouldn't costs that much.

    What are your views?

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    Default Re: Towbar Installation vs Price hike

    Just got a price here in Napier for a towbar for our school 2016 Toyota Hi Ace. Quote $470

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    Default Re: Towbar Installation vs Price hike

    I put a removable on on an Audi (factory one was $2500) for about $540. But on the wife's suzuki it was $350. Two different places, two different prices. Sometimes treatme/grabone etc will have a towbar installation for cheap if you're happy to wait.
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    Default Re: Towbar Installation vs Price hike

    Make it yourself, car ones dont have be certified.
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    Default Re: Towbar Installation vs Price hike

    Or buy a suitable one for your vehicle from a wreckers yard

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    Default Re: Towbar Installation vs Price hike

    Hooking the trailer lights into the car wiring is no longer an easy job, blame it on computers

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    Default Re: Towbar Installation vs Price hike

    Most newer cars have a special wiring pack for Trailers when a Towbar is installed,knew someone a few years ago fitted a used Towbar to a Mazda 6 and was complaining at the price to wire it up as it had to have some special bits for the car electronics (ABS etc)

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    Default Re: Towbar Installation vs Price hike

    An engineer in Tokoroa did mine for $300, a little bit more if I wanted it certified.

    I have a towbar of a Toyota Camry if it would fit you can have it.

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    Default Re: Towbar Installation vs Price hike

    Did you try Aro Bros in Onehunga?

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    Default Re: Towbar Installation vs Price hike

    Just had my replacement van done,with wiring $630.Usually do the wiring myself but not with LED/computers involved.

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