My mechanic recently told me I needed to have a wheel alignment done on my Honda Accord, so I called a few local places for estimates. They all said the alignment would take about 60-90 minutes.
I made an appointment at one of the places for 2 o'clock, and when I arrived I looked at the clock and it said 1:52pm. The person at the desk took a couple minutes to put my information into their computer, so I would guess they took my car around 1:55pm. Then I sat down and waited. Around 10 minutes or so later, the person at the desk called me. I presumed they had a question about something, but no, the person said everything was finished. I did not look at the time, but I don't think it could have been any later than 2:10pm. That means the wheel alignment took no more than 15 minutes.
They gave me a printout showing a diagram of the measurements. On the printout it also showed the time, which said 2:01pm. If that's what time the alignment was started or finished, then it took only 6 or 9 minutes at most.
Here's what the invoice said:
4-Wheel Computerized Alignment
Install heads on all 4 wheels, and make allowable adjustments.
Can a proper wheel alignment be done in such a short amount of time?