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Author Topic: Dealer Servicing - am I missing something ?  (Read 1214 times)
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« on: April 10, 2008, 10:19:45 PM »

OK,  so I've had my new Mk3 for just about a year now (still very happy with it) and it's time for it's first service.

The dealer I bought it from wants £175 (less a 5% discount cos I bought it from them) !   Shocked
Different dealer from same franchise - also £175.
Different dealer outside town (not such a shiny showroom) - £81.
Different dealer, also outside town - £78.
All claiming to do oil/filter change (not much else - it is just the 10k after all)

Am I missing something here ?  Huh?
Presumably any Ford dealer should have the facilities, diagnostic gear, etc.. right ?

Whilst on the subject - anyone with recommendations for servicing in Belfast or its environs?

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BTW: If anyone's interested, I eventually bought a brand new steel wheel (£44) threw a local tyre fitter a few quid for a used tyre and BINGO I've finally got a spare.....
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« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2008, 10:35:25 PM »

they all vary in price, same over here main agents charge different, itake mine 35 miles for aservice but i have amainagent virtualy on my doorstep but id rather travel the extra miles when im saving 100 quid,
they all do the same job,
but as of now on iwill be changing oil and filters myself -they make asmall job look like a big job,
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« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2008, 11:44:33 PM »

You also have to remember that not all dealers have the same labour rates. Dealers in large towns do tend to charge more.

The parts should be the same price and the items requiring attention should be also.

Have to admit though, quite a contrast!!
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« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2008, 11:00:13 AM »

Dont forget Shocked in town your probably also paying for the fancy showroom carpet, Receptionists, canteen staff, cleaners, Marketing and PR Manager, window cleaner ( they all have massive windows these showrooms) parts dept, the rather posh service area cleaner than most hospitals, the Managing Director, Executive Director, Branch Manager, not just your parts and the Service Technician. Tongue

 8)I would go to the smaller cheaper branch.
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« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2008, 05:13:15 PM »



Being a disabled driver it is virtually impossible to get a courtesy car with hand controls and as I live out in the sticks it is a 15 mile drive to the main dealer and a long wait whilst the service is done.

A local man has serviced my cars for 15 years or so and not only is his very reasonably priced, he collects the car and returns it free of charge.  I had my MK1 for 5 years and it always ran like dream and never had anything wrong with it other than consumables.  We did as we had always done and serviced it at 6,000 intervals and between services it never needed to be topped up with oil ever.  Nor did my previous Granada Scorpio right until it died at 180K. He has access to diagnostic equipment if required so I have every confidence in him.

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« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2008, 05:21:43 PM »

Try paying for a service on an Audi at Isaac Agnew in Belfast! That'll make Ford look like wee buns!
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« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2008, 07:25:05 PM »

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« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2008, 08:49:33 PM »

if your happy with the ford main agent,i would be using them ,better to pay a wee bit more and get a good job..

rather than get it cheaper,and it costing more to put right in the long run

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