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davidjpowell

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7,664 posts

70 months

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Car is due a service, and as this is my work car it is not going to a dealer. The indie guy I used has not bothered to come back to me with a price so I thought I might pick and choose and do some of it myself, as he gave it a once over not long ago.

I was going to change the oil myself. Fully Synthetic oil, and I would need ramps, and a filter spanner or a vacuum pump. Even then the filter cartridge is under the car so a ballache. National Tyres price - £36. At that price amm I daft to let them do it, then do the easy top bits myself?

Needs a cambelt also, but that will be a garage job.

A lex

12,172 posts

119 months

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I can see the attraction if its a daily hack that isnt picky about its oil - at the end of the day they are only going to be putting the cheapest possible crap in there.

Id also be tempted to stand over them and make sure they really do change the oil and filter.

davidjpowell

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Oil should be Castrol Magnatec 5W30 Full Synthetic according to them which is OEM spec, and would cost £25 for 4 litres from online supplier if I did i myself. My car takes a bit more I think.

Caulkhead

4,938 posts

43 months

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I've used places like this in the past for oil changes and they've been fine. They will however spot that your discs are on the way out and your dampers are leaking. wink

MondeoMan1981

2,010 posts

69 months

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Kwik-Fit also do oil change only. I have found them to be slightly cheaper than National.

I've used K-F twice for oil changes now and both times its been done while I waited and for cheaper than I could buy the oil and filter myself!

K-F use Mobil oils
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Chicane-UK

3,552 posts

71 months

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davidjpowell said:
Car is due a service, and as this is my work car it is not going to a dealer. The indie guy I used has not bothered to come back to me with a price so I thought I might pick and choose and do some of it myself, as he gave it a once over not long ago.

I was going to change the oil myself. Fully Synthetic oil, and I would need ramps, and a filter spanner or a vacuum pump. Even then the filter cartridge is under the car so a ballache. National Tyres price - £36. At that price amm I daft to let them do it, then do the easy top bits myself?

Needs a cambelt also, but that will be a garage job.
Is the car due a service, or just an oil change? More to a service than an oil change really!

Nedz

2,041 posts

60 months

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The oil they use looks like green fairy liquid! If its just a daily hack that your not too bothered about then go for it as you cant beat that price. Might be worth asking them to give you a spare litre for top ups if your car uses oil as god only knows what the stuff is they use!

liquidken

1,345 posts

127 months

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A mate mentioned this to me. He paid similar money for his E39 530i sport which uses the best part of 7l of oil. They used Castrol edge 5W30 which you cant even buy for that money (normal retail).

Its not worth getting your hands dirty. Having said that, I still prefer to do it myself as I get trade at local motor factors.

Astra Dan

1,151 posts

70 months

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If you tell us what car you're talking about, and where you are, someone might offer to service the car for you.

A box of 4x5l 10/40 semi from a Vaux main dealer (on Trade Club)works out to be about £10 a bottle, are you sure it's needs £25 worth of fully?

davidjpowell

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7,664 posts

70 months

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Volvo S80.- Doncaster

Needs a full service. Plan at the mo. is I would to other filters and spark plugs and get a garage to do the timing belt, tensioner and aux belt which are also due.

miniman

17,112 posts

148 months

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Hmmm... I wouldn't trust National Tyres with my tyres, let alone my engine.

Torquey

1,143 posts

114 months

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I used national tyres last year for an oil and filter. Castrol magnetic IIRC, £36. I couldn't get parts for that price at the time.

I waited while they did it (20 mins) and they stamped service book. Didnt give him a chance to examine disks and shocks. Apart from struggling to understand the moans and groans about how busy they were and I was lucky they could make some money from me, I couldn't really complain.

ariel

423 posts

144 months

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miniman said:
Hmmm... I wouldn't trust National Tyres with my tyres, let alone my engine.
I think an internet search will give you an idea what you'll be getting from National.ragebandit

entwisi

711 posts

77 months

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I put up with them to do the oil on my Accord CDTI, it needs 0-30 Edge and they do use that as I've seen the tank they took it from. their service levels do need some attention as I posted before but I dont get mucky and I am usually in and out in less than an hour ( with a maccyD next door I can grab a quick coffee while I wait)

I can't buy the parts for the price but I do the rest of it myself as you are planning to do.

mercfunder

3,674 posts

59 months

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Used them a couple of times with no problems whatsoever, however last time it was in they wouldn't do the oil change as they called me in to show me the sump gasket was leaking. Payment was back in my account within the hour.

Never tried to sell me anything else, good value considering the price.

Roadrunner23

517 posts

81 months

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In and out are also worth considering but a tad dearer i think £49 and they use castrol oil.
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