out of warrenty upper case replacement cost?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by GWA123, May 14, 2014.

  1. GWA123 macrumors newbie

    Apr 1, 2011
    Any ideas how much an upper case for an 13in late-2013 retina would cost?

    I had one replaced on a mid-2010 a few years back and it cost like $250 total.
  2. Naimfan Suspended


    Jan 15, 2003
    On a 15" retina the top case/battery is $310 - $210 for the parts and $100 for the labor. Or $200 for the parts and $110 for labor - whichever.

    Best suggestion: Call Apple and ask.
  3. TechZeke macrumors 68020


    Jul 29, 2012
    Rialto, CA
    since it's out of warranty, I'd recommend going through a third party vender like iResQ. Got the bottom case of my non-Retina 15" replaced through insurance and they did a nice job. I believe they do it for far cheaper than Apple, and they do all their repairs the same day they get it, unless they need to order a part. The shipping option you choose pretty much determines the turnaround time.
  4. Saint.Icon macrumors regular

    May 11, 2014
    This is correct. Call Apple, get their price. Then call *reputable* third party repair places and get their prices.

    Go with Apple unless the difference is significant.
  5. GWA123 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 1, 2011
    what has happened is that I stripped out the threads on one of the bottom case screw holes. I had a good reason to pop off the bottom case, I own a pentalobe driver, and I had my machine open and laying on my bed, and I happened to witness a bug land on the screen and when I shewed it off, it fell into the hinge and crawled into the machine through the vent holes... upon replacing the screws, one of them wasn't going in straight and I ended up cross threading it and stripping it out upon removal... Great. So now my OCD is killing me and I'd rather just bight the bullet and replace the upper case to resecure its resale value.

    I know Apple sells battery replacements for $200 + labor for the retinas which also include a top case. I wonder if this price is also applicable here as well.
  6. 5to1, May 14, 2014
    Last edited: May 14, 2014

    5to1 macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2008
    That would be the max you'd pay, since you could ask them to do that procedure. But if your OCD can be held in check for a bit, your best bet for resale is to hold off until you come to sell. That way you can sell with a new battery and truly bolster the resale. (Or Ofcourse if you keep it, wait until you actually need the battery replaced).

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