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Hello!

I made a decision recently to service my Clio II myself this time around, after doing a bit of repair work on the suspension and quite enjoying it. :) But now I'm finding that to be a little difficult to fulfill... I'm quite busy and do a lot of driving around, and that is leaving me with little time to complete the service. And I'm still clocking the mileage which might make it difficult to keep track of what will need doing when next time. :eek:

There's also the service history to take into account - what will the effect on this?

So I thought I might ask you peeps what your experiences or opinions are about this... :confused:
 

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well i do not see any problem with servicing your own car. as i work at a renault garage i do and will do every car i own myself.

the only down side of people doin it themselves is the service history. does not matter to yourself, but the problem comes when and if you sell the car as no service history or stamps missing can decrease value of cars. in my experience full service history helps to sell your car and get the price u want for it
 

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There are basic car maintenance night classes given by many colleges,so check for one in your area.This would give you a good grounding and give you a little more confidence.

There is absolutely no reason why anyone with a little common sense can't carry out basic servicing.Changing air filters,pollen filters,oil and filter and spark plugs etc is usually straight foward and you can save yourself a packet.As long as you keep a detailed log of everything you do and the mileage/date that it's done,I can't see it effecting the value of the car too much.In any case,you'll be saving yourself money by doing the work yourself and this will more than balance out any small loss in value.

One thing to bear in mind is that warranties will be effected by not having any work done at a vat registered garage,but if your car is out of warranty(either a manufacturers one or an aftermarket one) then you'll be fine.If your short on time,there is no reason why you can't do an oil and filter change one weekend,and then change the air filter the next(and so on).If you have a mechanic in the family or as a friend,get them to help you out to start with and ask them lots of questions.Most mechanics will do work on the side for a few beer vouchers.....:d:rolleyes:

Good luck and if you ever get stuck or need help,you know where we are!:)
 

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i will have a go at most jobs myself,if the job is a bit to techy for me i book the car into an indipendant.
 

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The only bummer is as cars get ever more complex, access gets harder and harder, diagnostics equipment gets ever more a necessity and special tools become the norm, both of which make your eyes water at the cost .... (note to self .... business oppertunity in diags and special tool hire for the DIY market :rolleyes: )

Otherwise .... enjoy it (skinned knuckles and dirty fingernails .... most attractive ... :p ,) and if you dont know ask.... dont bodge it .... safety must always come first ... not just yours but other road users and pedistrians as well.

Hope it helps :)
 

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access gets harder and harder
That's so true. I changed the oil today and hardly could move around the oil filter clamp. Otherwise, simple service of oil change, brakes servicing, even diagnostics can be easily done, following advice and instructions, and taking safety precautions, of course.
 

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Hi i like you started to do it myself many years back as to save money, many of my cars have never been brand new,well none to be honest but yes you do have to start somewhere,it will take you many years to build up you tools and still then there will be a job you will go to do and you will not have that tool and will have to go out and buy that tool but that for me is great i love my tool box:d,the way i look at it if your beat and or cant even do the job i have always had a local independent garage and if iam beat i use them for the major jobs and even though you are only doing the simple jobs once you have your tools well gathered up you will start to save a pound or two,as lag say there is night classes you could do to learn the basics i was Lucky as i loved to rally and had a good service crew and i also worked as a car breaker to learnt as i went along and being a bit of a petrol head help too,but as many have already said safety first and if in doubt get it checked out all the very best Donald.
 

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anything is possible-believe in yourself, cars are here to test us!;)
 

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Unless I was more legit (working in a *********** for instance) I'd be less inclinded to service a car myself if it was less that 5 years old, but over that and buyers will understand less than 100% service history if you've at least got some receipts to back up the major parts...
 
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