Fiat servicing

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  1. jhorsf

    jhorsf Read Only Funster

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    my first service is due soon and I wondered how much people on here have paid for Fiat to do a first service 12 months old, basically oil filter and visually inspect some of the prices I have been quoted seem a lot.My own van is a 3litre comfortmatic with cab aircon
     
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    Fiat service

    was told £160 was charged £240.15.000 miles service.oil plus filters. £90 per hour labour.£60 plus vat for oil.blackie
     
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    you don't have to go to a Fiat garage you can get servicing done at any independant garage without invalidating your warranty providing they follow manufacturers service recomendations and use parts of OE equivenent quality - we use genuine manufacturers filters etc anyway on new vehicles. They will not tell you this but it all changed several years ago. We are a garage and service many new vehicles at a lot less than main dealers charge. A Fiat stamp in your service book is not worth any more than a Registered VAT garage at the end of the day. Get some quotes.
     
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    I had my Fiat 2.3 serviced 'low mileage service' £110.00 by Fiat commercial garage
    My local VAT registered garage would have been cheaper!
     
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    I use the local family owned unipart garage normally and get good service and Know I will not be overcharged but am reluctant to do this with the new Fiat until out of warranty in case I have a problem in the future as Fiat are not known for their customer helpfulness at the moment
     
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    £190 for a Fiat low milage service parts and oil incuded - 2 hours work
     
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    we too are a Unipart garage. It is European law that says that any garage can service cars without invalidating any warranty and I can understand your concerns. Fiat would not have a leg to stand on if a fault were to develop under warranty and infact we have had this happen. A customer had a van which we serviced and 2 years into the warranty period it developed a lower engine rumble (which turned out to be a problem with the big end) the customer returned to his local dealer and they gave the stock reply - not serviced by a main dealer so not covered - one call to their head office customer service and suddenly they were on the phone to him apologising & asking when they could collect for repair. I understand your concerns, have a look at this official government site http://www.oft.gov.uk/shared_oft/consumer_leaflets/cars/oft707.pdf
    which quotes :
    Servicing
    Where you get your car serviced is an important
    consideration. Following action by the OFT in
    2004, all major makes of new car in the UK are
    sold without servicing ties as part of their


    warranties. This means that the
    manufacturer’s
    warranty

    and any extension offered free, such as
    the

    dealer based extended warranty are covered
    by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and
    Traders Limited (SMMT) OFT Approved code of
    practice (see www.smmt.co.uk). The code from
    the SMMT, who represent all sectors of the
    automotive industry in the UK, says that you are
    free to get your car serviced anywhere in the UK
    and still benefit from the manufacturer’s new car
    warranty, as long as the service is carried out to
    the car manufacturer’s recommendations, even if
    this service is carried out by an independent service or repair outlet.
    Hope this helps.
    One other thing - any repairs carried out at a Unipart Car Care Centre are covered by a nationwide guarantee so if, for instance, you had a starter replaced whilst on holiday in Devon, you returned to Manchester and 6 months later it went faulty you could take it into your local Car Care Centre and they would sort it for you! Worth considering.


     
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    thank you jaygee for the info I did not know you had any connection with Unipart, I have found my local garage Unipart (3generation family owned and run) to be great and did know about Unipart warranty as my family members all use them. I once broke down with a Unipart lifetime battery and had it replaced with no fuss at all.The labour charges are very reasonable and I have never known them to overcharge anyone that is why they are very busy.I thought the Fiat third year warranty was dependant on Fiat servicing.
     
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    bloody hell!!!!! you wuz robbed:Eek!:
     
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    platts stoke today told me £356 oil ,filter, aircon filter, after I picked myself up off the floor and said :censored:2 they said £320 they said the oil is nearly 100£ on its own, pollen filter for cab aircon 68£ I think main dealers are extracting the liquid
     
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    My van is a Citroen Relay, and the Citroen service book states the first service, under normal circumstances, comes after 2 years or 25,000 miles. I thought the Fiat Ducato would be the same as it is the same van.

    Oil prices vary enormously. I have top quality (Carlube http://www.tetrosyl.com/index.cfm?page=56 ) fully synthetic 5w/40 API SL/CF ACEA A3, B3, before bought from Morrisons petrol forecourt for £3.99p per 1 litre bottle. Holds 6.5 litres so that is £26 even if you buy it in 1 litre bottles on a petrol forecourt. But you can pay 4 times that price for the same specification of oil if you are a sucker for the heavily advertised brands in rip off shops :RollEyes:
     
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