Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: United Kingdom
County: Greater Manchester
"nd service - How much?
My 159 2.4jtdm is coming up to its second/36k service in a few hundred miles or so, so I have started checking out prices.
The Alfa indie I used to to take my 147 to quoted £220 + VAT (so £264 by my calculations) for what basically sound like a basic service (oil & filter etc). They always use genuine parts.
I then telephoned main stealer for a price. Wait for it....... £520! But the guy stated that this is a 'major service' i.e. literally 'everything' done, whatever that means (I don't have the service book with me so can't reference the 2nd service check list). To give the guy his dues, he has agreed to match the indie's price if I don't have some of the extras such as brake fluid changed, diesel additives added etc.
What do people think the best option would be? I really trust the indie guys but if I can get a similar service from the main dealers should I go with them?
Worth mentioning that I don't trust the main dealers not to 'find' hundreds of pounds worth of extras that need doing - although I still have about 7 months of a 12 month warranty to run with them as I bought the car from them in December.
Any thoughts from you guys would be most welcome!