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My local dealer charges £90 per hour for labour on an Alfa and £70 an hour for Fiat servicing, yet the same mechanics work on both cars.

How does that work?

What are other people charged ? (I've since gone to a specialist I might add)
 

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Last time I visited, the local Main Agent's rate was about £81 per hour, but I bet it's more now. That was about eighteen months ago!
 

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My local dealer charges £90 per hour for labour on an Alfa and £70 an hour for Fiat servicing, yet the same mechanics work on both cars.

How does that work?

What are other people charged ? (I've since gone to a specialist I might add)
are you sure the same mechanics work on both brands?? Our mechanics are trained for either of our brands but not both, we have to have dedicated bays for each brand, and the same goes for the mechanics. But i'd have to say the hourly rates quoted do seem to be on the high side. I know we live in different countries, but £90 (€136) & £70 (€106) is 30% more expensive then we charge & we have a premium & non premium brand.

Not trying to defend high service costs, but a dealerships over heads are huge. Everything costs big money when running a dealership, theres alot of red tape & franchise costs offloaded from the distributor would make you eyes water. Theres almost constant training which is mandatory & expensive, and software upgrades which again cost a fortune. Dealers margins are quite tight too, so (and this may not seem fair!) service costs have to be enough to recover the franchise expenses & offer a bit of a return in what has become a huge investment.
 

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Good points Toby, well explained, don't object too much, on hourly pricing, just require the 'customer is always right' and know that there are real experts doing the job.Of course the customer isn't always right, but was always made to seem so in the past.After all, he/she, is the main consideration, that allows the business to operate/prosper. Sounds like yours is A ok, bit far away from my habitat though. Cheers,:)
 

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Gray Paul Ferrari in Nottingham only charge £90 + VAT per hour for labour :mad:
 

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Magoletsis (Cheshire) I was told £85 per hour

Bluebell BMW - £120 per hour, seemingly the same as a Ferrari dealer

Heath Road Garage (local indie) approx £42 per hour - guess where I went for cambelt change? :)
 

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In Slovakia, there are not only price differences between work on Fiat and Alfa, but there are differences between models as well. 1 hour labour on Fiat Punto is cheaper than 1 hour of the same work on Fiat Stilo :) And depends on type of work as well, mechanical work costs different than bodywork..... Anyway, I think compared to other countries, it is very cheap here, 1 hour mechanical labour on my 147 costs about 26 EUR including VAT :D
 

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Fair point Toby,

The mechanics in my garage do intercahnge - there aren't that many of them!
no problem, i just thought i'd put accross the veiw point of a dealership.

wonder is it the same in the UK, everything in our dealership is spilt between the brands, we have separate showroom, salesmen, service advisors & service tech. as thats how both our brands want it, and the distributor is God!
 

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Could you send your Slovakian mechanic over to England!
Bring your car here. You make a nice trip across Europe and have all labour demanding jobs on your car done for low cost :)
 

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I only pay £25 an hour:rolleyes:

I know the chap well who does the work for me - I know him from going racing, he's one of the drivers...gives me a hugely discounted rate:D
 

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Bring your car here. You make a nice trip across Europe and have all labour demanding jobs on your car done for low cost :)
Excellent idea. Seriously, Gotcha, you should have a look at setting something like this up. A mini Alfa maintenance package with accommodation, loan car, itinerary around the local sights.

One could combine it with a trip to Poland for some cosmetic surgery, then down to Hungry for some of those big dentistry jobs you've been putting off.....
 

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havent had any work done done on the alfa that ive had to pay for yet al under warranty but the guy who usually works on my cars was a design engineer for volvo for most of his life an now just does a bit to bolster the pension :D £20/hour and occaisionally has done work for free when ive done him a good turn.

not looking forward to havin to pay for services in the very near future tho :(
 
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