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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! How much did you pay to have a hitch put on your car ( not truck )

    Vote on the price range you paid and make sure to include car type. Also tell us where you got this thing installed or if you did it your self.
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    install the last two gooseneck hitches myself. seems a waste to pay someone to do easy work. A good hitch should bolt on without drilling etc.
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    Agreed. Try hiddenhitch.com for hitch that will most likely bolt up to your car.
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    Depends on the car

    Quote Originally Posted by AlliKat
    install the last two gooseneck hitches myself. seems a waste to pay someone to do easy work. A good hitch should bolt on without drilling etc.
    My '96 GTi had to be drilled, and it was a major PITA To do so. There were no factory mounting points on the car, basically.

    I had to remove a bunch of the stuff from the area inside the rear hatch, and the whole rear bumper assembly, which wasn't as big a deal as it sounds.

    What was a big deal was getting everything lined up, dropping the exhaust, drilling into weird corners of the car and getting it all to line up while I bolted it in place.

    Took me about 5 hours, plus another hour to adjust things so they wouldn't rub once the exhaust heated up, but I got it, and its rock frickin solid.

    Cost me $160 for the hitch kit, and I had to use a couple nuts and bolts form around the shop, red loctite, I had to fabricate a couple of steel plates because the ones that came with the hitch didn't quite fit, and it cost me some skin off my knuckles.

    BTW, Mine was a Cort. There aren't a lot of 1 1/4" hitches for my car and this one looked better thant he other one. Most hitch kits for my car were of the plate type with only 100 lbs of tongue weight, and no availability for flatbed type bike racks. This one is 200 lbs, and the car is rated to tow 1500 lbs. In theory, I can rent a trailer and tow piles of dirt and stuff.

    Happy with the results, tho:


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    2006 Mazda 3s hatch

    1-1/4" Hidden hitch from online vendor = $125
    Installation = $20 (had to expand existing holes, otherwise no modifications).

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    Similar experience.

    I owned a '93 Saturn which required drilling into the body, and trimming of the heat shield around the muffler. It was easy, but probably not for the faint-of-heart or the tool-less car owner.

    Installation onto a '97 Subaru was a cinch -- straight-up bolt-on affair.

    My '05 Subie was a little more difficult, as I had to unhook and drop the exhaust pipes temporarily to bolt the hitch to the frame, but no hold drilling, and only a modest inconvenience.

    eTrailer.com has many instructions online, and includes estimated installation time and drill/no-drill indications next to each hitch, so you can get an idea of what is involved.
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    Similar to Nate...

    On an '06 Forester, the exhaust had to get dropped to slide the hitch in. I paid $50 for someone to do that for me. It would have been a PITA for me to do that at home; in a garage with the car lifted up on a bridge, things get much easier.
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    I've installed three now - 89 Caprice ex-copcar, 02 Volvo V70, and 97 Miata.

    All were bolt-on with no drilling or exhaust removal. All took about an hour.

    Installation for this type of job shouldn't be more than $90 as most general service shops (in the city) charge around $90/hour for labor.

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    Honda Accord- $30 (installed by a trailer/hitch company)
    Toyota Camry- self-installed
    Subaru Forester- $25 (installed by the same trailer/hitch company)

    None required drilling but some exhaust lowering was required. Lots of cursing was involeved in the self-install. One time, I may have slammed my wrench around a bit. I then swore I would not do this myself again. I have little patience for fiddly stuff.

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    I helped install my brother's hitch on his 2000 Ford Contour...I believe the cost of the hitch was about $100.00...and it took us about 30 to 40 minutes using wrenches and a jack to get it installed...

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    I just paid $60.00 to have a UHaul Type 1 hitch installed onto my Accord. Love my rack though.

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    added rubber cover to increase order over $150 then got 99cent shipping

    Installation time 30min, yeah right.. took about an hour or more.

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    Some installation prices include wiring up the vehicle for plugging in trailer lights, so take that into consideration. As for me, I've installed Class II hitches on a '92 Cherokee, a '92 Town Car, and a '05 Chrysler minivan. The first two required a bit of drilling, the latter bolted right up.

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    I didn't have a car, so I don't know how I should answer your questions. sorry.
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    07 Element $200 installed
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