- Go on then, how much for a service on my mazda?
Our Volvo XC 60 is expecting is annual in a couple of months time, so I popped into the dealer to find out its service schedule. He said they were the cheapest. I said, yeah, really, with being a main stealer. They will carry out an oil/ air/ pollen/ fuel filter change and oil. Do the usual checks. Update all the software and supply a years breakdown cover, all in including VAT was………………..£250………Posted 2 years ago
As for Mazda, I think they are cheaper than Ford, as a mate has just got a 6, after PXing his Mondeo and he said it was less……
$tealer text me to say I was due a service, so I dutifully rang them to enquire. Yes Mr Wright blah blah, so I enquire as to how much, I say that’s rather a lot, dont mess me around what’s the best price. So he immediately drops it 30 quid. I then ask what it includes, it’s just oil and filter he tells me and the usual once over. Anyone fancy a guess?Posted 2 years agoandydickoSubscriber
So you’ve an hour/hour & a half of their time, 5+ ltrs of oil, filter, the Mazda knowledge, and support if anything goes wrong, i.e. 12 months warranty, possible bit of Mazda/Dealer Goodwill if anything BIG goes wrong and you think £180 is expensive?
I pay in excess of 25k per year for access to all the Manufacturer systems, Tech support etc…….
These Guys need to make their money somehow, yes I agree there are some Cowboys out there, and yes a lot of them are main dealers, but £180 for a service aint expensive!Posted 2 years ago
When it came to work experience at school I told them I wanted to be an engineer (piss poor careers advice at my school) and they sent me to our local Citroen dealer while my friend who didn’t went to a local engineering place 🙄
It was actually fun though and I have a lot of memories, one was managing to do a service in 20 minutes from wheels up to wheels down on a xantia. To be fair that did involve checking around the car and lubing hinges and checking tyre pressures so more than I have seen other garages do in a ‘service’Posted 2 years ago
Genuinely the parts are that price, it’s some fancy low ash dpf specific oil which is 39 quid from the spares shop I use, priced up correctly with my reg, the dealer told me it was a 102 quid. Please justify that andydicko.
Edit- apologies, am on phone so completely msread that 😳Posted 2 years ago
Woh there moody, look at the post a few above yours AndyL!Posted 2 years ago
I’m well aware of how it works price was, as it’s partly what I do for a living when buying materials, but when I’ve already received a reduction and ask for a breakdown of costs I really don’t expect to be told it’s 100 odd quid when clearly ad you state they’ll be getting far cheaper than I could anyway.
Servicing costs get my goat because the high costs either rip people off who don’t know any better,force people to go to dodgy places or just neglect their cars so they then run poorly and cause problems for subsequent buyers.
I’m not pretending there aren’t a lot of costs but some of the labour and parts charges take the pee.
I nearly choked when I saw the service bill for a friends petrol Mercedes A-class. 4 spark plugs were over £100. Along with replacing the air con rad the bill was into 4 figures. Probably a mornings work but I guess that depends on how hard Mercedes made it for mechanics to work on.Posted 2 years ago
Not all dealer prices are bad, some of the fixed price work is reasonable and its always worth checking parts. I used to tell Peugeot owners to go to the dealer for some service parts as they were cheaper than the usual parts suppliers and decent quality. But then I found a company selling own stuff at half the dealer cost. I still check though and for the land rover. Don’t be afraid to ask the guy on the parts deck for discount, as the OP did with his service cost.Posted 2 years agobobloMember
squirrelking – Member
What would an hour of your time at work cost?
Probably around £30 if I was doing OT.
At those rates I’d be doing it myself. And I’d be buying a vac pump and be doing it in style.
No disrespect but would it? I’ve no idea what a mechanic (engineer <sigh>) earns in a Main Dealers but that clearly isn’t the cost to deliver that time is it? There’s obviously all the oncosts of employment plus myriad overheads and ta da.. profit to add. Without that children, no Dealer network.
I know they seem expensive at sticker price but as with most things, the game is to reduce the wallet lightening to a minimum. The reality is stuff costs money. Yes, a bloke working on axle stands in the street outside his house with Eurocarparts errrm, parts is cheaper but apples are cheaper than pineapples ne pas?Posted 2 years agotrail_ratMember
your version of the parts from your spares shop are 39 quid
your version of the part are not the same as the dealer version of the parts.
At least if the dealers paper filter colapses and damages your injection pump your covered – if your cheap stuff does the same your boned. likewise if your cheap oil filter is one of the many substandard (even branded) oil filters kicking about then your oil will not be filtered correctly.
but then if its all on price , just buy the bits and get it done.
its not even an hours work all in. dont forget to follow the rest of the service schedule – even an oil and filters isnt JUST an oil and filters – its a check the brake pads and tires – tell you they are 80% done….. when what they mean is theres 80% left 😀Posted 2 years agosquirrelkingMember
Thing is, whilst all that is perfectly true it comes back to whether you trust the dealer to either do the work or honour the warranty. Maybe i’m overly cynical but I wouldn’t trust one as far as I could throw them. If it helps I’d theoretically buy the parts off the dealer, at that price why not? How much can I possibly lose off FSH value over a reasonable period of time?Posted 2 years agobobloMember
That is also true. So if you have any interest in dealer servicing, you need to find one you trust. It’s like any service provided by a 3rd party, if you don’t trust them, don’t use them.
I bought my current car from a main dealer but wouldn’t dream of getting them to service it. I bought from them as they were the only ones with the right combination of price and spec though they managed to make the process unpleasant enough for me never to use them again. I tried another main dealer for servicing recently and they couldn’t be more different.
Yes you have haggle to trim off some of the fat but I do that as a matter of course whatever I’m buying.Posted 2 years agoLazgoatMember
Interesting game this. I took my 2006 Ford Focus in for a service recently. It’s a 1.6Tdci and has done 108k miles. I checked main dealers and some trusted local garages first. They were all in the same ballpark, main stealer was £280 and garages £270-£290. That was for oil, fuel, air and pollen filters, new oil, screen wash and a thorough check over. The older they get the more expensive the service!Posted 2 years agoSkillWillMember
Thing is, whilst all that is perfectly true it comes back to whether you trust the dealer to either do the work or honour the warranty
Yeah, I thought that.
At least if the dealers paper filter colapses and damages your injection pump your covered
yes but that means I need to know what those things are and link it back to the original work and prove it such that they would accept it. All seems unlikely.Posted 2 years agotomdSubscriber
It doesn’t sound bad for a main dealer. Have you got a price from a reputable independent garage for comparison? It will probably be a fair bit less but then their overheads & margins will be lower. Some folk don’t mind paying a few quid extra if it gets them a nicer place to drop the car off, “free” tea, courtesy car etc.Posted 2 years ago
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