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Can't agree with you there Noel.
Manufacturers & dealers make far more from servicing & repairs than from the initial purchase.
Lets face it - everyone buys a car based on its price vs their budget. They may then refine their choice taking into consideration fuel economy, road tax bracket, servicing intervals, locality of dealer, projected resale value., finance package The factors they won't look at is the prices of spares or the dealer's labour rates. Therefore, because there is no focus on this, there is no comparison, and ultimately, no reason for competition.
The customer only finds out at the service point what they need to pay.
I agree Paul most people do buy cars used or new based on price budget and maybe as a consumer we should be asking about repair costs etc.
But I can understand what Noel is saying with reagrds to buying new and changing once out of warranty as we have become a bit of a throw away society so we get rid of the old as its just as cheap to get new with all the competition thats out there and the price wars.
Its these new cars where everything is hook it up to a computer and repair what the machine says that doesn't help long gone are the days when your mechanic listens to the car takes it for a short drive to see what is wrong....
Currently in jo1972's garage:
renault megane 1.6 dynamique 4dr saloon