Knaus Warranty ?

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  1. Twizzlefrillypants

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    Hi.
    Having sourced my LHD Knaus from abroad last March, the local Knaus agent Southdowns refuse to do its first annual water ingress check( which is required for the warranty) as it was not purchased from them. They say I have to take it back to where I bought it from. Cannot understand it, so much for an international warranty !!. now considering my options. Has anyone else had a similar experience?
     
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    Greetings,

    As the warranty is from Knaus, I would contact them PDQ and ask them who they would accept a water ingress check from. Explain that their agents in the UK are playing hardball.
     
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    Strange seeing as they should be able to charge you for it, I can undertand not wanting to get involved with warranty issues as labour rate may well be under thier normal charge and as they did not supply it there is no sales profit to subsidise that.

    Peter
     
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    try lowdhams - the other uk knaus dealer, and failing that talk to knaus direct in Germany
     
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    Put the problem to Knaus, as suggested. Who you bought it off, details of the vehicle, VIN number etc., and an address of you local Knaus agent. Their e-mail address is: aftersales@knaustabbert.de
    They will understand English.
     
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    Can you really blame them ?
    you must have known when you bought it that no UK dealer would do any warranty work either or is obliged to do
     
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    This is a bit mean, I have read similar threads and had similar stands from caravan dealers before we moved to MH's

    Take the example of someone living abroad and moving home to the UK, with their MH, or car, it would quite reasonable to expect the service to be done in the UK and not having to travel to place of purchase

    Similarly even with a UK purchase, say you live in Scotland buy a MH, move later with work to Cornwall, you should not then have to return it to Scotland for warranty work surely
     
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    Hi Again,

    Can I point out that the OP isn't asking for warranty work doing.

    He is asking for a check to be made in order that his warranty remains extant.

    No doubt he would have to pay the 'going rate' for this check to be made.
     
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    The problem lies with the fact that warranty labour rate is below market rate, it is Ok when a dealer supplies the van as he has the profit on the sale to subsidise.

    Why should a dealer subsidise the metal mover dealers who sell vans well discounted below normal price or over value the part exchange van to buyers who are only interested in price and are highly unlikely to purchase from their local dealer?

    I quite happily undertake warranty work in our workshop providing the owner makes up the difference between warranty rate and standard rate, he can then persue the supplying dealer for that, not my problem and I don't lose money in the workshop. This is of course subject to not taking preference over my own customers who come first.

    Peter
     
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    Many thanks for all your prompt and helpful responses.

    Surprised by your comment jhorst .It is not as though it is free. they charge nearly £200 for the work not including parts and vat. Also it does not offer confidence in the Knaus range if they are unwilling to touch a van not purchased from them if trhey consider it to be a liability.


    Maybe it me they don't like and this is punishment for not buying my replacement motorhome from them as my previous one was.
     
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    Thank You Exactly my position on this
     
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    I dont blame the dealer at all, if you had bought the motorhome from them I am sure you would have good service from them. Why should they put themselves out when you bought the van abroad because it was cheaper. We in this country think that service comes free, it does'nt.

    spongy
     
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    Let me repeat myself, this is a service I would be paying for . I am not expecting free work. I am well aware that any warranty work will incur a charge of £50 per hour which is the difference between what the uk dealer charges and what they can recoup from knaus.

    Are you saying also that for a fiat engine service it has to go back to the original supplier? I know for a fact that the local fiat dealer are more than happy to carry out an annual service so to protect the vehicle warranty should it require warrant repair later.

    I am only trying to protect the warranty
     
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    as the OP has stated he's paying full price so whats the issue:Eeek:

    what would be the case if the supplying dealer went bust as many have done in the past few years?

    i would be on the Email to Knaus to ask for a recommended service center.

    does this also mean they will not do any habitation services for non supplied motorhomes?
     
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    As they should, & so should any Knaus (or any other) dealer.
    Never mind the fact that this is a service which is being charged for, if anyone's new camper (bought in the UK) broke down abroad, theywould quite rightly expect the warranty to be honoured & not have to return it the the original dealer.
     
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  16. Minxy Girl

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    A very sweeping statement there Peter! Sometimes it can depend on many things, but to refer specifically to the price issue - when we bought our Chausson Flash 04 in 2010 the local dealer who consistently gives very low PX prices and are know for doing so, made an absolutely abysmal PX offer - even their sale chap acknowledged this, we had known him for many years as he was from another dealership where we'd bought a MH from so would have preferred to have dealt with him again and he knew we would return again in the future as we'd bought several MHs already so realised it was a 'mistake' on their part. Additionally as the model we wanted was only being imported by a few dealers we didn't in real terms have much choice but to spend an extra £3,000 for the SAME VEHICLE or travel to get it from another very reputable dealer, not a 'metal mover'! Had, however, the local one been more realistic then we would certainly have seriously considered using them.

    I concur with this due to the reduced rate paid for warranty work and you should NOT be out of pocket.

    That is where we disagree ... for whatever reason someone may need to use your services through no fault of their own - eg a private purchase, or not being able to get the exact model they wanted from you (ie in this case a LHD), or moving a distance away from their supplying dealer. Personally I think this is very short sighted as you could easily be turning away a potential future customer. I have come across this restrictive 'thought process' at other dealers myself, being made to feel like a 'nuisance' for even asking to go there for a habitation service and damp check spending MY money, not a discounted warranty repair! They made it VERY difficult to even get an appointment for a habitation etc to be done, even though I was trying to book it well in advance, and even then due to their attitude I wouldn't have put it past them suddenly having to 'cancel' it in favour of being able to fit in a 'customer' of their own, then where would I have been! So, I would not go near them now regardless of whether or not they made the most 'sense' overall for a future purchase ... their attitude was 'condescending' to say the least and they will NOT get any business from me in the future.

    I get fed up of the "you aren't my customer so you're not my problem" attitude and (amending a well known American phrase) dealers should "wake up and smell the diesel" as to the effect this is having on potential future MH purchasers. We don't come to you because you are doing US a favour, we come to you because we need to have things done and give you OUR custom! Perhaps if this attitude continues then manufacturers may authorise NCC workshops to carry out work on their behalf ... Swift did this with us so we could use a local independent approved workshop (servicing and repairs only, no sales) and I think it is about time other manufacturers followed suit. If this happens then customers won't have to return to their supplying dealer for work and will be able to get it done elsewhere, possibly cheaper (quite likely!) and then you won't get the work anyway and with the way that we are 'sent on our way' some times you couldn't really blame us could you! :Eeek:
     
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    In addition to this, I would find out if there are any NCC approved workshops in your area who would be willing to undertake the work for you, then approach Knaus with this information and see if they will authorise them to do the work and recognise it to protect your warranty. Swift did this for us with a local independent workshop so Knaus may do this for you - worth a try! :thumb:

    Perhaps if we ALL voiced our 'annoyance' at this 'close shop' type of arrangement then we might be able to get it stopped and more like the car market service. :thumb:
     
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    Hi Minx

    We don't treat any one coming to us as a nuisance, they are all potential customers and if they want a habitation or a mechanical service, they are made most welcome.

    If something is urgent to get someone out of trouble we will do our best to assist, end of story.

    My original post was a generalisation as to why most dealers don't want to know. Swift do have a number of engineers they will recommend but the most foreign converters won't even suuply parts to non franchised dealers let alone pay for warranty work and who wants the hassle of dealing with them and waiting months to get paid

    Peter
     
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    Afternoon all,
    The whole situation seems unnecessarily difficult for MH owners. Accessible after sales is certainly a big consideration now, almost at the top of the list of 'must haves'. If MH manufacturers aren't prepared to extend the amount they pay dealers or approved service centres to cover warranty and after sales issues to any of their vans that turn up at one of their dealers then they can expect to limit the marketplace they sell to to those living within a reasonable distance of the dealer. As for the OP's question, surely if a service is being offered for an advertised price then the retailer has an obligation to carry it out if the customer is willing to pay for it? I've just purchased a first MH, a Knaus, so am hoping for good after sales!
    Andy
     
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    We have had no problems with damp check and warranty with Burstner - Camper UK have done damp checks - and warranty work - didn't buy from them but no issues -Had damp check done in Sweden by Burstner dealer - again no problems.
    Perhaps this may be a minus point for buying a Knaus? I expect Knaus wouldn't be happy with this?
     
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