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It's common for dealers to charge you a percentage of the cost of a gas recharge, based on the life expectancy of a single charge. As far as dealers are concerned, this is generally accepted as being about three years. When my last car's air-con system sprung a leak at 18 months old, we had to pay 50% towards the re-gassing charge.

At 2.5 years old, they'll argue that you're due for a recharging anyway and probably expect you to pay 100% of the cost, though you could haggle over the remaining six months. Any faulty components should be repaired or replaced under the warranty, but expect to be left with a bill for having the system recharged. The good news is that you shouldn't need it doing for at least another three years... assuming that nothing else goes wrong with it.

If they're just going to recharge it and it does have a leak, then it'll probably fail again pretty soon. Make sure you keep good records of this event, as if it goes again one day after the warranty expires, you should still expect them to carry out the repair they should have done in the first place and re-gas the system free of charge.
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