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Thats a very good point Davesss,with no set standard that everyone uses you could have a full service done at two seperate garages and they could be very different.

Obviously people on here are well educated in looking after their cars,but you'd be amazed at the amount of people that phone up wanting 'a service' without really knowing anything about the things that are done (or should done).It leaves many people open to abuse by less honest garages or mechanics.Until an industry standard is introduced and adhered to by all garages,the system is open to massive abuse.

I would think that the 99 service offered by many people is no more than an oil and filter change and kick the tyres,with the prices of oil for many cars there can't be any proper inspection,theres no way any garage that charges 100 an hour labour rate can carry out 'a service' for 99 without cutting corners,but I suppose many people are just happy to have a main dealer stamp in their book.

Some interesting points made so far,please keep them coming.

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Perhaps some of these 99 services are a ploy to get unsuspected punters thru. the door for other 'necessary' work. Oh my suspicious mind

Do garages have viewing area's for servicing as they do for MOT's? You could make sure you're getting what you paid for that way!

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Perhaps some of these 99 services are a ploy to get unsuspected punters thru. the door for other 'necessary' work. Oh my suspicious mind
Just like you see large signs advertising "Free brake check"

Many people think I'm weird when I say "There is no such thing as a free lunch" But I would have to exclude you Scatz
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38. Sit down relax with a nice cup or glass of your favourite brew.

I liked that in the service list, ha.

I do most of mine myself when I get time. My last oil change on the Focus was done at a garage as I hadn't the time myself, but I checked what oil they used and he shown me a table to double check what it was and checked the system to make sure they had some so i was confident that they used it. You do never know though unless you do it yourself.

When I goto a garage to get things done I like to watch and quite often garages let me come under the car whilst they do it which also gives me peace of mind that they will do it right if watched.

As for the cost. I agree with what has already been said and often wondered myself what was actually included. I did see a while ago that Mr Clutch also have a service item list. IIRC they had a Gold Silver and Bronze type name and it listed all what they checked etc for each one. They had them in leaflets so you could take away too and have a read.

As I have said though, servicing my car myself all comes down to time for me doing the job I do. If I have the time I will do it myself, otherwise it can wait a bit longer or goto a garage I can watch at that i trust.
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I like a few others here am ex-trade so I know what sort of things to expect for my money.
Regardless fo what level of service you're getting done, I've always found the best way forward is to ask what will actually be done. Most people will be surprised at how little it will be. Sometimes it's worth playing one place off against another to get a reduction in price ...... although it doesn't always work !
I've always done my own servicing/checks that way I know exactly what the car needs and when it'll need looked at again.
Jobs of major importance, like timing belt replacement etc, are probably better left to the professionals. Funnily, some people still think this will be included in the price of a 5yr/72000 mls service. Sadly it's not You may be offered some sort of deal if you get them both done at the same time, but don't count on it.


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