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Re: Is £250 a lot for a first service on Renault megane?
As Dave correctly states, as long as parts equal to or better quality than OEM are used by a VAT-registered garage and the service is carried out at the correct intervals - then the warranty is maintained. This was brought in circa 2002, as part of the EU-Block Exemption laws.
The only areas where this can bite you in the backside is where Renault dealers have access to recall info, and software upgrades, which the alternatives won't have. Plus, if something needs replacing under warranty - Renault will cover the entire cost at a main dealer, but they will only cover the cost of the part (not the fitting), if its an indy. In addition to these factors, should you have a part fail just outside the warranty expires - 'Goodwill Contributions' are higher if the main dealer has been used.
Renault dictate what parts need changing/inspecting and how long the service duration should be, but it is the dealer who sets their own labour rate & parts price, hence the variation, and the need to shop around.
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