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How Much Does Wheel Alignment Cost?

 
average costAt Tire or Repair Shop: $20-$100high costAt Car Dealership: $75-$400+
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A wheel alignment is done to make sure the vehicle's wheels are running parallel to each other, and that the tires meet the road at a correct angle, to fix or avoid problems such as irregular tire wear, poor handling (pulling to one side) or a crooked steering wheel. Because no replacement parts are needed for this process, local labor rates have a strong impact on the cost.

Typical costs:

  • A two-wheel alignment (such as a front-end alignment) at a car repair or tire shop typically costs $20-$100, depending on the make and model of the vehicle, the location of the shop and the warranty, which can vary from six months and 6,000 miles (whichever comes first) to 1-5 years with unlimited mileage (longer warranties may be transferable if the vehicle is sold). CostHelper readers report paying $40-$95 for a two-wheel alignment, at an average cost of $65.
  • A four-wheel alignment at a car repair or tire shop also typically costs $20-$100, depending on vehicle make and model, location and warranty. CostHelper readers report paying $30-$80 for this service, at an average cost of $63.
  • To get a proper alignment, some European and high-end Asian vehicles require special tools and computer equipment that are only available at car dealerships, where wheel alignments can cost $75-$400 or more, depending on location, make and model, and length of warranty. CostHelper readers report paying $80-$350 for a wheel alignment at dealership, at an average cost of $180.
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What should be included:
  • Professional wheel alignment typically takes less than an hour. The vehicle will be placed on a platform so the wheels can spin while a computer calculates their orientation, which is then compared to the manufacturer's specifications for that year, make and model of vehicle. If the alignment is off, adjustments are made and the vehicle is tested again.
  • Some tire centers recommend having the wheels aligned annually. However, many experts say an average pothole isn't enough to knock a vehicle out of alignment, and that alignment should only be done if the car starts to pull or drift to one side when steering, or if there is uneven tread wear on the tires. National syndicated radio host and Washington Post Columnist Pat Goss told Road and Travel magazine[1] that alignment shouldn't be commonplace, because "you actually have to bend steel to affect alignment."
Additional costs:
  • If needed, wheel balancing (at an average cost of $10-$12 per tire) may be done at the same time as alignment.
Discounts:
  • Some repair shops offer discounts for AAA[2] members.
  • Auto repair shops, tire stores and gas stations often offer wheel alignment discount coupons for new customers. For example, Goodyear[3] and Pep Boys[4] have a $10 off coupon online.
  • A do-it-yourself wheel alignment isn't necessarily difficult, but it is precise work. Car and Driver magazine provides do-it-yourself instructions[5] that require specialized tools such as a digital camber gauge ($100-$700 or more) or a tow bar ($30-$250). However, Hot Rod magazine[6] describes a home wheel alignment can be done with basic tools, string and a magnetic caster/camber gauge ($35-$75).
Shopping for wheel alignment:
  • Wheel alignments are done at most car dealerships; at tire dealers like Big O Tires[7] , Firestone[8] or Goodyear[9] ; and at repair shops/departments like Pep Boys[10] or Sears[11] .
  • The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence provides a searchable directory[12] of certified shops.
  • Prices vary, so call several shops for quotes. Know the year, make and model of the vehicle when calling. Some shops will not work on custom vehicles, so be sure to mention if there is anything custom or unique that could affect the alignment process.
  • Consumer Reports lists tips for finding a good mechanic[13] .
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Alignment
Amount: $80.00
Posted by: 6james6 in Fremont, CA.Posted: June 21st, 2014 03:06PM
Car Make: FordCar Model: GT500
Store: Fremont wheel & brake
Great service, great alignment
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Tire Alignment
Amount: $89.99
Posted by: BLD in Norristown, PA.Posted: May 22nd, 2014 06:05PM
Car Make: HondaCar Model: Fit
Store: Meineke
had to replace 2 tires so needed alignment, especially after a winter that 'did a number' on the car from so many deep pot holes - ugh!
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Front Wheel Aligment
Amount: $85.00
Posted by: Frank Lezo in Lynwood, CA.Posted: April 15th, 2014 06:04AM
Store: Bolled Alignment
Reasonable price forgot to ask for AAA discount, they informed me about other issues I might come cross my motorhome is a 1990 so got some advice
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wheel alignment
Amount: $247.28
Posted by: mich916ael in fayetteville, AR.Posted: April 14th, 2014 07:04AM
Car Make: fordCar Model: mustang
Store: C and K Tire
cost is high they had to buy caster cam bolts 60.00 for 4 of them
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Wheel Alignment
Amount: $60.00
Posted by: a user in Irving, TX.Posted: October 31st, 2013 06:10AM
Car Make: FordCar Model: Mustang
Store: Mobile1
4 wheel alignment 30 day warranty
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Front Alignment
Amount: $70.00
Posted by: wyatt in Mountain Home, AR.Posted: September 30th, 2013 01:09PM
Store: Plumlee
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Four Wheel Alignment
Amount: $69.99
Posted by: Laidback Fellow in Atlanta, GA.Posted: December 9th, 2012 01:12PM
Car Make: NissanCar Model: Altima (2008)
Store: Sears
Purchased 4 tires and had it installed at Sears. Technician offered to do four wheel alignment for $69.99 with 6 months/6000 miles warranty. Seemed very reasonable so went ahead with it.
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4 Wheel Alignment
Amount: $79.99
Posted by: a user in Hyattsville, MD.Posted: November 9th, 2012 01:11PM
Car Make: 2003Car Model: Mitsubishi
Store: Eclipse
Just called around to get quotes in the area and each place wanted the same 79.99. Shops were, Firestone Auto, Pep Boys, Merchants, NTB, and a few mom and pops. Some places offered a $10 discount.
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4 wheel alignment
Amount: $169.00
Posted by: carlene in Edmonton, Other.Posted: September 10th, 2012 03:09PM
Car Make: KiaCar Model: Rhondo
Store: Kia dealership,Sherwood Park,Edmonton
That is a rediculous price to pay for a 4 wheel alignment ,especially if you HAVE to take it to your dealership where you purchased it because your car is factory set nobody else can do the alignment,and if you do bring your car somewhere other than the dealership and something goes wrong ,they will deal with you...........
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wheel alignment
Amount: $60.00
Posted by: traw in lodi, CA.Posted: May 30th, 2012 05:05PM
Car Make: isuzuCar Model: rodeo
Store: davids tires
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4 wheel allignment
Amount: $79.99
Posted by: whoopie in salem, NH.Posted: May 9th, 2012 01:05PM
Car Make: fordCar Model: focus
Store: sullivans-salem
used a $10 online discount dropping it down from $89.99. it needed doing because of uneven wear on all four tires. we had just had 4 new tyres fitted so drove straight to sullivans where they did it within an hour fifteen minutes. very pleased with service...we declined their $199 offer of a lifetime warranty, seeing as it only covers one more alignment!
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4 wheel alignment
Amount: $400.00
Posted by: Botswana in grand forks, ND.Posted: May 8th, 2012 08:05AM
Car Make: 05 ChryslerCar Model: PT Cruiser
This vehicle tracks perfectly straight to me, but because it was in a previous minor fender bender, the government of manitoba says it has to have a 4- wheel alignment to pass safety. This auto repair shop is a complete rip off and are just taking advantage of people. They tried to charge me twice for the initial inspection of $89 because they found a bent tab on the trailing arm bracket which is also the jacking point for this vehicle. It didn't even squeeze the bushing. Just an excuse to charge more money. They should have informed me first off. Now after i replaced the bracket they want to charge me another $300 to finish the alignment. I am taking a $100 loss and going to try and find an honest repair shop. and start over. Don't ever take your car to THE CUTTING EDGE IN WINNIPEG, MB. What a complete bunch of CROOKS... How can our pathetic government let these shops operate....UNBELEIVABLE.....
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Wheel Alignment
Amount: $79.00
Posted by: Jim C in Clifton Park, NY.Posted: May 7th, 2012 12:05PM
Car Make: ChevyCar Model: Monte Carlo SS
Store: Tire Warehouse (NY)
Done at the same time as when four new tires were purchased and installed. Not sure if the alignment was really necessary though.
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Wheel alignment
Amount: $199.00
Posted by: GN in Bellevue, WA.Posted: September 26th, 2011 11:09AM
Car Make: BMWCar Model: 335i
Store: BMW of Bellevue
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wheel alignment
Amount: $159.00
Posted by: hikerbob in lady lake, FL.Posted: May 11th, 2011 05:05PM
Car Make: sableCar Model: merk
Store: total choice
i have cupping at 18,000 on a 08 sable. Life Time alignment with one transfer. I keep my cars 100,000+ so it's worth it. I have all my car work done at Total Choice in Lady Lake Fl.
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Is that expensive?
Amount: $350.00
Posted by: JacobB. in Cantom, MA.Posted: March 31st, 2011 07:03PM
Car Make: Mercedes benzCar Model: GL550
Store: Mercedes benz dealer
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Wheel Alignment
Amount: $74.99
Posted by: Julie M in Madison, WI.Posted: December 22nd, 2010 07:12AM
Car Make: ChevyCar Model: Equinox
Store: Tires Plus
I thought this was high...but I had just spent $600 on tires and would think there would be a discount for that since it is a necessary service to protect your tires from abnormal wear
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Four Wheel Alignment
Amount: $45.00
Posted by: David S. in Rosemead, CA.Posted: December 21st, 2010 06:12PM
Car Make: 2002 FordCar Model: Escort
Store: Wheelhouse Tire
Johnny is the manager & his mechanics are fast & professional even replaced one wheel stud that another store jacked up. Aligned then took for test ride & rides straight as arrow. Check em here
8630 E. Garvey Ave.
Rosemead, CA 91770
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Four-wheel alignment
Amount: $80.00
Posted by: RDRJR in Longwood, FL.Posted: December 17th, 2010 02:12PM
Car Make: 2005Car Model: Sonata
Store: Advanced Brake & Alignment Specialties
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Wheel Alignment
Amount: $191.00
Posted by: Cid in Fort Lauderdale, FL.Posted: December 15th, 2010 10:12AM
Car Make: ChryslerCar Model: 300M
Store: Tires Plus
I paid 191.00 for a life time alignment ( which only covers ONE after the initial alignment + life time tire rotation). All in all, I wish I would have done my homework because that cost is a rip off.
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Wheel Alignment
Amount: $160.00
Posted by: NJTony in Edison, NJ.Posted: November 30th, 2010 07:11AM
Car Make: InfinitiCar Model: M35x
Store: Dealership
Shocked at what I had to pay for a wheel alignment!
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Wheel Alginment
Amount: $29.99
Posted by: a user in Austin, TX.Posted: November 17th, 2010 10:11AM
Car Make: FordCar Model: Focus
Store: Firestone
Only a quote, but really cheap and have had work done there before.
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wheel alignment
Amount: $69.00
Posted by: a user in los angeles, CA.Posted: November 15th, 2010 01:11PM
Car Make: toyotaCar Model: highlander
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Wheel Alignment
Amount: $60.00
Posted by: SuvarnaK in Jersey city, NJ.Posted: November 10th, 2010 01:11PM
Car Make: HondaCar Model: Civic
Store: Midas
Quoted price was $79.99, then was given a $20 discount. Price looks reasonable.
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truck alignment 4x4
Amount: $100.00
Posted by: a user in , NA.Posted: November 9th, 2010 06:11PM
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tire alignment
Amount: $54.99
Posted by: Benzg7 in Orlando, FL.Posted: October 13th, 2010 09:10AM
Car Make: MadzaCar Model: 3
Store: Tire Plus
Front wheels: steer ahead read 0.27 degree before alignment, after alignment it read 0.01 degree. They initially ask for 74.99 + tax. Finally, they give me $20 off. It is just stantard alignment. I feel too expensive! Bad experienece in Tire Plus
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4 Wheel Alignment
Amount: $80.00
Posted by: Rob Luongo, Automotive Technician in Salem, NH.Posted: October 12th, 2010 08:10PM
Car Make: Most Domestic & AsianCar Model: Inquire for covered models
Store: National Tire & Battery
I'm an Automotive Technician at NTB in Salem, NH. We offer 4 Alignment Programs (Good at NTB, Tire Kingdom, and Merchant's)
Price - Program Length
$79.99 - 6mos/6,000mi (whichever occurs first)
$114.99 - 1 Year/Unlimited Mileage
$154.99 - 3 Years/Unlimited Mieage/Transferable
$194.99 - 5 Years/Unlimited Mileage/Transferable
Please Note that many European and High End Asian vehicles require special tools and computer equipment for a PROPER alignment, and should ONLY be done at the dealer (many places will take your money for an incomplete alignment..CAUTION.) Not all measureable angles are adjustable on all vehicles. Alignment Checks are ALWAYS free. Specialty Alignments are priced accordingly, if they can be done properly.
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wheel alignment
Amount: $80.00
Posted by: Jerry Fork in orlano, FL.Posted: October 7th, 2010 04:10AM
Car Make: HyundaiCar Model: santa fe
Store: firestone
Rear tires were worn on the inside tread. Fronts wore evenly. Also one rear tire was cupping. So when I rotated these=an annoying throbbing road noise developed. The rear setting was to negative. The ride now is quite.
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tire alignment
Amount: $20.00
Posted by: jimmy vuy in mountain view, CA.Posted: September 25th, 2010 02:09PM
Car Make: hondaCar Model: 2009
Store: tireusa
very very very cheap
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