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AO Silver Member
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: United Arab Emirates
County: Abu Zaby
Re: Save Yourself Money !!! Dont Trust The Dealers
I once owned a Saab, and I took it into a main dealer for a minor fix which needed it to go up on their ramp in the workshop while I waited for it. 5 minutes after they took the car off me I was asked to come round to the workshop as my dog (who was in the back) was making a right old racket and needed taking out.
While I was in the workshop sorting out the dog there was another Saab on the ramp next to mine and I listened as a couple of mechanics called over the foreman to discuss a gearbox problem. After a brief discussion, I heard the foreman say "B*ll*x to it, haven't got time to muck around - just stick a new gearbox in it".
When I took my dog back round to the waiting room I listened to the "service manager" bluff away for 10 minutes to the customer of the other Saab about "diagnostics" etc and then tell him that there was nothing that could be done and he needed a new gearbox. This was mid 1990s and it was 800 quid I think they quoted him.
When the guy was given 5 minutes to think it over I just sidled up to him and told him to go and get a second opinion.
Stealers. They're the same the world over.