Dude, when i broke a tire stem (chrome cap seized to the stem) Mr. Tire charged me $117/hr to break it down and replace it - I even provided the new TMPS. But, I was stuck and literally rolled my tire down the block to get it fixed. I was able to negotiate them down to 1/2hr work when I explained that they could draw a chalk line so they wouldn't have to re-balance the tire. You should have seen the guys face when I offered to teach his guys how to do it for free if I could use their bead popper.
Rates are ridiculous around here and the quality of work certainly doesn't show for it.
After my header install my Banks exhaust was so loud it was driving crazy. I took it to a few shops to have them cut and weld a resonator and larger borla muffler. You should have seen this clown claiming he wanted to take his time and do it right blah blah. His welds look like a 3 year old did it with a crayon. Doesn't leak, so I didn't fight it. $160...for a cut and melt.
If you want real fabrication you need to make the drive out to Full Awn Fab - their welds look like a stack of dimes. I had them install trusses on my Jeep, couldn't be happier. I've also heard great things about Chaos Fab in Winchester.