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Re: can i fit/replace my Clio bumper myself?
Thanks for the update.
£500 seems a bit steep (£50 for the test, another £50 for fitting the bumper & headlight adjustment), I'd have thought another £100 tops for the service - what else needed doing? Brakes? Cambelt?
Although, it has to be said, owning an older car does not mean the bills get smaller (the opposite is usually true) - even if the car loses value each year.
But in saying that, if you trust the workmanship & honesty of the garage you use, that in itself is better than entrusting unknowns who may just blatantly charge for work not done/parts not fitted or just be hopeless.
Whether to change the car or not is a difficult one to gauge, I presume you've owned the car for a while now (without needing forum help/advice), so it must be fairly reliable/easy on the purse. You will probably find that the car is worth more to you, than it would be to anyone else (unless you were looking at the scrappage scheme, but that's a different ballgame).
New cars tie up a lot of cash/or finance, and lose value by the bucket (plus, they still need servicing), older cars have servicing & mot costs (plus running repairs), but don't depreciate by the same amount year on year.
It would be advisable to think carefully before doing anything.
Re the airbag light issue - yes, I'd start a new thread, as someone who has had a similar issue resolved may not have noticed this bodywork issue thread.
Have you tried an auto-electrician for this?
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