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post #16 of 27 (permalink) Old 18th March 2008
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Agreed, but they do give you peice of mind in that the job was done properly plus you get to know your car a little better.

If you trust your indy mechanic then go with that, trusting someone is priceless.

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unfortunately Steve DIY servicing does not keep maintain your warranty...If that was the case I certainly would do it.

Hey Asterix, make sure you get fully detailed (renault part numbers) and vatted reciepts with your work, as if the car has to go back to Renault for some warranty work that's the first thing they will ask for ... there was a thread a while back about a warranty claim on a thrown rod that was refused due to lack of paperwork as it had been serviced by an indi, but then returned to Renault for the warranty claim ... not sure of the outcome but best to be sure ....

The other way to look at it is ... this is likely to be the last service under the three year warranty ... peace of mind (well expensive peace of mind) .... so you might argue to keep it all stamped up and get all the firmware updates and OTS work done without hassle you bite the bullet and pay the dealer charges ... this time !!

Also as otto says try some other dealers... its amazing how the price varies ... also ask them is there anything they can do to lower the cost?

hope it helps my winged hatted friend

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I guess thats the price for living in the "well off" south. However due to other circumstances as well as the road tax due at the same time, I have to take the savings when I can. This guy tried to fix a car of mine a couple of years ago and had it in his workshop for a few weeks, he couldn't fix it so he didnt charge me, and even helped me to dispose of it, so I do trust him when he says he uses genuine renault parts.

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Plenty of excellent advice in this thread. Just a bit more info on the rules regarding servicing and warranties since 2003:
Originally Posted by From the AA website
Do I have to get my car serviced by a main dealer?

The European regulations governing the sale and after-sales servicing of new cars changed in October 2003. For new cars purchased after that date you are no longer obliged during the warranty period to get the car serviced by a franchise dealer.

You must however continue to get the car serviced according to the manufacturer's recommended schedule and criteria using only manufacturer approved parts.

The legislation only applies to the part of the warranty offered by the manufacturer, i.e. insurance-backed extended warranties offered by dealers are not covered.

If you do have the car serviced outside the dealer network it is essential that it's done to the maker's recommended schedule and criteria using approved parts. You must also keep records to enable you to demonstrate to the manufacturer that servicing was undertaken to their requirements.

Warranty work should still be undertaken by the franchised dealer as it is easier for them to deal directly with the manufacturer.

There's more information in the consumer advice section of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) website,
I had a chat with my local garage about this (not that it applies to my car at present) and his advice is to make sure that if your garage needs some parts, they should buy them from Renault. They might be slightly more expensive than the equivelant "pattern" part, but there is no room for quibbling on warranty issues

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