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For the past few weeks, my mate has been going on about his son needing a new engine for his car. Seemingly been running like a bag of hammers. Now said son has completed his apprenticeship with our local Ford dealership about a year ago and has been a fully fledged "mechanic" since then. He even had a few of his mechanic friends give it the once over and all were in agreement - new engine time. They finally tracked down the engine of their choice over 250 miles away and were going to buy it for 900, drive down in the works van and pick it up.

However on Friday past, an older mechanic from a sister dealership had a look over it for him. Seemingly tightening a loose spark plug solved the problem instantly and the car is now running as sweet as a nut!

Makes you worry about the standard of the average guy working on your pride and joy, doesn't it!
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Reminds me of the old bull young bull joke
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Young bull say's to the old bull 'lets run down the field and shag one of those cows'. The old bull replies 'lets wander down the field and shag the whole herd'.
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Young bull say's to the old bull 'lets run down the field and shag one of those cows'. The old bull replies 'lets wander down the field and shag the whole herd'.
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Young bull say's to the old bull 'lets run down the field and shag one of those cows'. The old bull replies 'lets wander down the field and shag the whole herd'.
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Trouble is all these youngsters are being trainned on how to use diagnostic kit - not common sense.

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You can,t make up for experience.
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What He Said !!
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Can I have my job back, as it was, working at a Jaguar agents, with the same models, as it was in the sixties, please?
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Trouble is all these youngsters are being trainned on how to use diagnostic kit - not common sense.
I don't suppose a loose plug will show up on a laptop, so they are bu99ered. Chumps.
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I don't suppose a loose plug will show up on a laptop, so they are bu99ered. Chumps.

I'm sure some sort of code would show up but this may have several causes and by the time they get to the actual fault they could have spent a small fortune.

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I am currently looking for another technician it so difficult to find someone suitable with the right experience.

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Where are you based Trouty? Speaking as a Motor Vehicle Lecturer that made for very uncomfortable reading, so let me reassure all our readers that's not the standard we work to.
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I'd always use a local indie specialist over a main dealer after my experiences. If the dealer mechanics can't find out what's happening with a diagnositc machine they send it back to me unfixed. They're not interested in pulling up live data and digging into problems, as soon as the alotted time is up, swich off machine, hand keys back to customer.

The only thing a main dealer has over the indie is comfy chairs and magazines in the waiting room. The indie has far better knowledge of Alfas, better conversation, better advice, better prices and quicker service.
 
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The only thing a main dealer has over the indie is comfy chairs and magazines in the waiting room. The indie has far better knowledge of Alfas, better conversation, better advice, better prices and quicker service.
We are an independent and we have comfy chairs and magazines in our waiting room, in fact we are just building a brand new waiting room which also has internet access for our customers to use wile waiting, I was thinking about a pin ball machine, one of my staff suggested a bar

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Nice one Ned.

Dunstable's a bit far from south Wales so I think I'll have to miss out on the pinball!
 
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Hopefully he suggested that said bar only sold soft drinks though Ned

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All people want is quick polite friendly service without main dealer prices.

I just want to turn up on time have a comfy seat with a coffee and leave without being made bankrupt - not a lot really is it.

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one of my staff suggested a bar

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I am currently looking for another technician it so difficult to find someone suitable with the right experience.

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If we advertise for a techie or a semi skilled guy to train up the biggest problem we have is as Ned say's is the releveant experience.
We get application forms filled out in text spell ( c u m8 ) or cannot spell or they sound ok on the phone and turn up in a scruffy football shirt, dirty jeans and trainer's.
They think working on their freinds Nova constitute's as a valid qualification.
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All people want is quick polite friendly service without main dealer prices.
Yes, that's true but cheap 'n' cheeful isn't always cheerful: https://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/alfa-...endations.html

See my post at the bottom about the Nationwide Autocentre. After that I'd rather pay a few more quid and know I'm getting a good job done.
 
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We are an independent and we have comfy chairs and magazines in our waiting room, in fact we are just building a brand new waiting room which also has internet access for our customers to use wile waiting, I was thinking about a pin ball machine, one of my staff suggested a bar

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We are looking at an arcade style Rally/F1 game console that you sit in with steering feedback etc, problem is we'd all be on it and get no work done.
I spend enough time on A.O, only difference is i look busy at my desk.
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Yes, that's true but cheap 'n' cheeful isn't always cheerful: https://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/alfa-...endations.html

See my post at the bottom about the Nationwide Autocentre. After that I'd rather pay a few more quid and know I'm getting a good job done.
Dibby, I never mentioned cheap - just that main dealer prices are way over the top.

My last car was an Elise and my local franchised dealer - Stratstones want £450 for a minor service which was basically an oil change.

I travelled to another dealer between Southhampton / Brighton and the cost was a whopping £150.

Yes the guy was a main dealer but on a smaller scale - no fancy showroom or 6 sales people hanging around.

I would never recommend using bodge it & scarper to repair any car that was even half decent.

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