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Old 11-22-2014, 05:35 PM   #1
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A few days ago at work I was leaving the parking lot and ended up sliding into a curb . I screwed my alignment up pretty bad and bent the control arm slightly . I took the subie to Meineke today for an alignment and thats when they told me about the control arm . They told me it would be 800.00 to fix it , he told me the control arm itself was like 7 something . I know the front lower control arm does not cost 700.00 , anyway I took my car and left .

So my choices are:
find one and order it , then have a shop put it on
let this shop overcharge me
or go to Element and have them check it out and fix it..

I obviously want it fixed right , but for the best price too .
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Old 11-23-2014, 06:15 PM   #2
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I would find another control arm either OEM or Aftermarket and replace it yourself to save money then have a shop that you can trust to do the alignment.

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Old 11-23-2014, 10:10 PM   #3
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Buy some STi aluminum control arms for that cost, have them installed and aligned. Upgrade when you fix it. Lighter and stronger.
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Old 11-23-2014, 10:17 PM   #4
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For 700 dollars you could buy the parts and a **** ton of tools to do it yourself as well as a factory servicd manual. Then the next time you need something fixed you have the tools and information to do it. It baffles me that people still go to shops as a first resort in an age where we have so much information at the tips of our fingers.
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Old 11-23-2014, 10:42 PM   #5
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Usually people wouldn't have the time to work on there cars (especially being a newer model and still trying to pay it off)
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Old 11-24-2014, 12:42 PM   #6
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Pretty much that. Ain't got no time fo dat.

Sorry about your sliding into a curb. I almost did the same thing while on the road. It was totally my bad, though, I forgot I had it on "VSC Sport" mode... Anyways, I'd set aside the time to research and possibly swap out the control arm yourself. It's kind of nice to gradually purchase the tools necessary to get stuff done to your car as needed.
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Old 11-27-2014, 03:25 PM   #7
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Replacing the control arm is an easy fix, find the part and do it yourself and save some money

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