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Re: Garage charges

I would agree wholeheartedly on garages or mechanics not relying on anothers diagnosis.

Over many years of experience I have been I have nearly been caught out.

I used to work for a small garage that specialised in reconditioning engines on older classic style cars. I came across one memorable job.

A guy brought in an MGB which was burning oil at such a rate it filled the street with smoke. He had been informed by 3 previous mechanics that he needed either a new engine or have it reconditioned. On starting the engine I wasn't convinced it was a cylinder wear problem and the compression tests looked too good. After an hour or so I discovered the crankcase PCV valve was faulty and after fitting a new diaphram costing 1-75 plus two hours labour all was well.

So a second diagnosis can on some occasions actually save the customer money.
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Re: Garage charges

Originally Posted by saabguy View Post
Most garages i know will still insist on doing their own diagnosis if presented with a vehicle diagnosed elsewhere. The obvious reason being if they fix a fault and it turns out to be a wrong part/fix then they won't be in the position of having an irrate customer who now needs more work done at a further expense to them. Also fault codes read on a generic OBD code reader can vary greatly to a code read on manufacturer specific software.
Most garages and those that I worked for put the customer first yes it pays to double check and if the fault is an unusual one it does take time but an independant garage with a diagnostic computer found the fault the garage that recovered me found the fault even the car gave a hint i.e." steering locked" try a seach on Google or even this forum all point to the same fault in 99% of cases with renault in general . Most mechanics who are used to specific faults with vehicles in their dealership know instinctiivly what the fault is without recourse to the diagnostic equipment.The point Im making is in the last three occasions I took the vehicle to this dealer their computer was unable to read any faults and I was charged in the region of 300 labour over and above the parts
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