yeah i could have saved a few pounds by visiting and speaking to other garages, but i dont have a lot of free time to do this.
All the garages i asked about whether if the headlamp would make me fail mot, said they were not sure, so they couldnt even help, they said they would only be able to tell during the MOT test.
During mot i was told headlamp needs replacing as something was not allowing it to be correctly fitted again. I could have took car and shopped around for a second hand headlamp, but thats several days of research and chasing around, im not experienced in this area, i could have bought a headlamp that could not even fitted for my car. So i just agreed to let the garage buy a new headlamp and fit it, as the car was already there. and i had weekend off so didnt need car.
I dont know any local scrappies or anything. I struggle to remember how to open and close the bonnet even.
bumper cost £30 from diff seller met on
bumper remove and refit = £40
pads = __
disc front pair = £40
anti roll/stabliser bar linkage front = £16
lamps exterior = £24
rear brake adjuster replace = £30
stabiliser link, headlamp assembly (£55),
brake fitting kit, brake disc, brake pad set
TOTAL = £156
FULL SERVICE £110
MOT TEST = £20
(vat all over it too)
I PAID THEM £513 IN TOTAL
THIS IS WHAT MOT FAILED ON:
- parking break lever has no reserve travel
- front break juddering severely
- front anti roll bark linkage fractured
- nearside headlamp insecure
- headlamp aim too low
- bumper has sharp edge caused by damage
SO NOW I HAVE SORTED AND PASSED MOT
but advisory notes say:
- nearside brake juddering slightly
- tyre worn close to legal limit
- airbag lamp is illuminated
ive been to several garages in my 3 years of my driving career.
and every time its been a bad experience, sometimes arguing, always parted
with loads of cash feeling like im being screwed. So now i expect it.
BUT this time (the £500 cost), this garage i feel better about. Ive used them twice, rac man vouched for them. And they seem trustworthy and honest. I dont feel like i got screwed this time.
ive had the car for 3 years, my first car. so its sentimental now. i feel happy with keeping it forever. buying and selling just opens up a can of worms and is soo time consuming and costly too i guess.
i didnt even think about forums for car help! someone at work said to jump on car forums lately so here i am. Brilliant forum and help, wish i discovered this years ago.
bought car for £2000
i thought it might be worth £1000 to £1500 today.
but insurance compare site put it to £750.
yeah im in no rush to do anything.
i would never buy a new car anyway. cant afford.
but i would look into hiring, or whatever you call it.
where you just pay monthly, and you get a nice new car.
you never own it.....you just swap it for a new one as and when.
this sounds good value for money.....i need to look into it though....
i dont know what an auto electricain is.
garage said about airbag warning light:
they were not enthusiastic about sorting it.
they said £30 to do a little fault finding test. Might or might not be an easy fix.
but that could not find fault. and worse comes to worst,
could need a whole new steering wheel section costing several hundreds.
right, now time to find a new good insurance deal! sigh.