Calculating the cost of shocks and struts replacements follows the same formula as calculating the cost of any service: materials + labor. In the case of shocks and struts the materials cost is the price of the parts, and labor is the amount a mechanic charges for his work.
The mechanic who performs the shocks and struts replacement calculates the cost of labor simply by multiplying the number of hours spent during the repair and the market hourly rate for mechanical work. Mechanics in areas with higher costs of living charge higher rates for their labor, and repairs on luxury car brands often demand an increased hourly rate as well.
In addition, some service stations may add an additional, and ethically questionable, charge for disposal materials (like rags) used during the repair. Before proceeding with the repair, anyone who gets an estimate from a dealership or mechanic for a shocks and struts replacement should make sure that the estimate quotes the entire price, and that additional charges are not added later.
In other words, the estimated cost of labor should include all labor, and the estimated cost of materials should include all the parts and materials used in the process. If a service center is trustworthy, its service writer, the person who sits behind the front desk of a automobile repair shop and conducts most of the customer interaction, should be able to provide straightforward answers as to exactly what components make up the total price of a repair estimate.