Re: $1000 for a 100k service
Im in Sydney and Im sorry to say yes you were taken for a ride or taken to the cleaners. Ive had 6 Alfas and know all the Alfa Dealers / specialists in Sydney. I think I know the dealer in Newcastle but to put it plainly you got ripped off.
However if you dont have time to shop around and just want to get your car done, pay for it and forget about it the dealer is great to look after your needs. Also you cant beat the dealers stamp in your log book!
Now to save money you need to examine every single item that needs to be done. You can change the oil / filter yourself if you kow how. You can negotiate with the dealer only to get certain things done or you can got to a specialist which is what I do and we talk about every single thing that needs to be done before its done and we negotiate a price before its done.
Not sure if there are Alfa specialists in newcastle but theres plenty in sydney and there almost half price of a dealer.
Also you can get spare parts of ebay at Half to 1/4 or more discount off than from a dealer. I often get a part off ebay and give it to my mechanic to work on. Also you can get parts of wreckers which are often 80-90% Cheaper than brand new.
So these are all the things you can do to save money. If it was me, my 100k service would probably cost me $200-400 at the most.
Hope that helps
Last edited by Freds GTV 2001; 09-02-09 at 09:06.