Daft Main dealer prices.. again.

Daft Main dealer prices.. again.

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Buff Mchugelarge

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3,305 posts

93 months

Monday 20th January 2014
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Had to laugh..
Called my local Fiat dealer a while back wanting to book my little Seicento in as its coming up to its cam belt service, so I inquired how much it would cost and when it could be done.
Chap was very friendly and polite, no problems there, and after a few minutes came back with a price.

£900..

Book time is 2 hours. It's a very simple engine made of Lego and cardboard.
To be fair the guy on the phone seemed a little shocked and I was genuinely stunned, I kindly declined as the car is worth about £700!
I'll do it myself for about £30!

Funny places Main dealers rolleyes

Whats the most you lot have paid for the minimum work? or indeed, the least £ for the most work?

rehab71

3,260 posts

133 months

Monday 20th January 2014
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If you could do it yourself why ask for a quote?

Buff Mchugelarge

Original Poster:

3,305 posts

93 months

Monday 20th January 2014
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rehab71 said:
If you could do it yourself why ask for a quote?
I'm lazy smile

And fancied a nice main dealer stamp to match the rest!

getmecoat

Krikkit

15,484 posts

124 months

Monday 20th January 2014
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Did he give you a breakdown of the costs? I wouldn't be surprised if a tensioner or something has gone to limited numbers in the inventory, and given a telephone number price as a result.

joewilliams

2,004 posts

144 months

Monday 20th January 2014
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Cripes. Even I managed to change the belt on my wife's seicento in half a day.
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Zwolf

25,599 posts

149 months

Monday 20th January 2014
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It's a sales ploy as it makes people think about trading their old car in for a new one that will cost buttons to service for the next three to five years. Got quite a few service referrals and subsequent sales exactly this way when working for Fiat last year...

Cento186

32 posts

81 months

Monday 20th January 2014
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Even I managed the cambelt, having never done anything more than change wheels in my life! I think the kit was about £24 + postage from Euro Car Care.

Sensibleboy

736 posts

68 months

Monday 20th January 2014
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I think I paid £125 back in 1999 for a Cinquecento Sporting belt change at the Fiat dealer. The 1108cc engine is non interference anyway...not that I'd like the belt to snap though...

martinnitram

244 posts

144 months

Monday 20th January 2014
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Two come to mind,
'99 Impreza heater matrix £400 Got one for £87
Porsche 968 roof skin panel, £900 + vat, Scrap yard from a 924 £100

Do they want to sell these parts ?

Jim AK

4,029 posts

67 months

Monday 20th January 2014
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£1200 for timing chain on 57 plate Cooper 'S'. that's doing the 'death rattle'. Common fault, but will Mini give a discount?

Like fcensoredk they will.bandit

rix

2,006 posts

133 months

Monday 20th January 2014
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martinnitram said:
Do they want to sell these parts ?
As above... No! (They'd prefer to sell you a new car, lol)

Shaoxter

3,320 posts

67 months

Monday 20th January 2014
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Buff Mchugelarge said:
And fancied a nice main dealer stamp to match the rest!
And how much value do you reckon that adds to a car worth £700?

Maz_uk

590 posts

141 months

Monday 20th January 2014
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Jim AK said:
£1200 for timing chain on 57 plate Cooper 'S'. that's doing the 'death rattle'. Common fault, but will Mini give a discount?

Like fcensoredk they will.bandit
I've just had a Cooper done and been told total bill be will about £600.

Knocking the £200 cost of diagnosing off if I had work carried out there instead of in my own garage.

Jim AK

4,029 posts

67 months

Monday 20th January 2014
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Maz_uk said:
I've just had a Cooper done and been told total bill be will about £600.

Knocking the £200 cost of diagnosing off if I had work carried out there instead of in my own garage.
Mini dealer? I left a message with a local Indy & await reply .

Maz_uk

590 posts

141 months

Monday 20th January 2014
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Jim AK said:
Mini dealer? I left a message with a local Indy & await reply .
Yes main dealer in Newcastle, I'm a car dealer and we took it in for diagnosis as a none runner - turns out tensioner has failed.

£200 odd to diagnose as they stripped the engine, but cancelled that charge if I gave them the work which works out at about £600 inc VAT for chain kit.

Jim AK

4,029 posts

67 months

Monday 20th January 2014
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Maz_uk said:
Yes main dealer in Newcastle, I'm a car dealer and we took it in for diagnosis as a none runner - turns out tensioner has failed.

£200 odd to diagnose as they stripped the engine, but cancelled that charge if I gave them the work which works out at about £600 inc VAT for chain kit.
Thanks for tip. Good price too. Ours diagnosed by dealer listening to it from a cold start & price quoted accordingly. Im in London but surely its not double the cost & if indy still sounds horrendous I may use your figures if thats ok. Not actually my car it belongs to a friend.

Main dealers!! banghead

NPI

1,310 posts

67 months

Monday 20th January 2014
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Mercedes latest service booking scheme (they're trying to get all dealers on a centrally run system) charges £50 for a courtesy car.

It produces hilarious prices for other work too. Got a fault? Select "Diagnosis" and it adds £132.80.

They obviously want everyone on their expensive ServiceCare contract so they've whacked the prices up to make ServiceCare look like it's a good deal.

bazza white

2,433 posts

71 months

Monday 20th January 2014
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Renault wanted £1200 forms timing belt change and dephaser pulley on my megane. I tried a few Indies and when they asked what a dephaser pulley was it didn't fill me with confidence the same as when I asked if they had a locking kit they asked if it was needed.


Main Dealers who offer fixed price belt changes seem to sting you on water pumps.


SonicHedgeHog

1,968 posts

125 months

Tuesday 21st January 2014
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It's bills like this that put me off buying anything vaguely interesting that is second hand. I know depreciation on a new car far outweighs the cost of expensive repairs, but that doesn't make being overcharged by dealers any more palatable.

Last week I found myself driving a 2008 Hyundai i10. It was comfortable, economical, quiet and had a decent radio. I could buy that car for 3 grand and it would probably cost me nothing for years. It does make me wonder why I'm considering spending a lot of money on a new car when clearly it just isn't necessary.

Outside the world of motoring a few grand is still a lot of money. You could drive a boring car for a few years and have the most amazing holidays or go part time at work. Worth thinking about when you're about to sign on the line for that 30 grand German diesel saloon.

Patrick Bateman

10,768 posts

117 months

Tuesday 21st January 2014
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SonicHedgeHog said:
It's bills like this that put me off buying anything vaguely interesting that is second hand. I know depreciation on a new car far outweighs the cost of expensive repairs, but that doesn't make being overcharged by dealers any more palatable.

Last week I found myself driving a 2008 Hyundai i10. It was comfortable, economical, quiet and had a decent radio. I could buy that car for 3 grand and it would probably cost me nothing for years. It does make me wonder why I'm considering spending a lot of money on a new car when clearly it just isn't necessary.

Outside the world of motoring a few grand is still a lot of money. You could drive a boring car for a few years and have the most amazing holidays or go part time at work. Worth thinking about when you're about to sign on the line for that 30 grand German diesel saloon.
Just don't use main dealers.

I have to laugh when my workmate complains about a £1000 bill for his 118i.