Car servicing - what a headache!
Just had the 60,000 mile done on the GT, my Indie has no objection to customers sourcing their own parts, so as the 60 is only oil and filters I was expecting quite a cheap one. They noticed at the last service the water switch associated with the fuel filter was duff but said it wasn't urgent and could wait till the next service. Ordered all the bits up and for filters, said switch, sump plug and washer was still north of £100, add the cost of the oil and labour to add to that too, bill will flop onto my doormat in a day or two.
But dear God, what are we thinking when £745 is regarded reasonable for a service, albeit a V6 requiring a cambelt. We must be out of our minds.
I'm going to have a look at a nice little car for the kids to learn in this afternoon that's not much more than that.
Talking of carhunting I had a day at BCA Paddock Wood auctions yesterday, what a waste of time that was. I've had a couple of cars in the past from BCA, seems now though that too many private (and internet) buyers are trying to get a bargain artificially inflating the price. Add to that BCA's absurd Buyer's Fee and one's better off with eBay or Autotrader.
For instance, pay £750 hammer price for a little runaround you have to add to that £228 buyer's fee, pfft, to Hell with that, that's adding getting on for a third to the price.
I dunno why I'm going off on this rant which has nothing to do with the original subject, they can charge whetever they like as long as people are prepared to pay it.
As for servicing Alfas, the 2001 156 1.8TS I bought back in '05, that my son now owns, came with a receipt from an Alfa main dealer for the 36,000 mile cambelt service.... £832. Fair enough, that's Nortgate Alfa in Canterbury and one in unsurprised and dealer prices, but, I shudder to think what they charge for a V6 cambelt.
All the best