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C63 Amg w204 B service main dealer cheaper than indie

Discussion in 'AMG' started by The_Don, Oct 1, 2018.

  1. The_Don

    The_Don Senior Member

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    Hi folks

    I have my w204 c63 Amg booked in for a B service ( including activated charcoal filter ) plus brake fluid, air filters and lsd oil at Mb Guildford under there platinum plus rates next week -

    https://www.sandown-group.co.uk/off...programme/5559/mercedes-benz/offerdetail.aspx

    I will be supplying all my own genuine Mb parts which cost me approx £150 for 10l of oil, oil filter, two litres of brake fluid, two air filters, two litres of lsd oil and the activated charcoal filter.

    Labour at Guildford is £273 plus my £150 for parts = £423, Mb Dartford and Bromley quoted in excess of £800 for the same service.

    Wright Tech at Sidcup quoted £275 labour only so it just goes to show servicing at a main dealer can be good value with a little legwork.

    Cheers

    Ps I am The Don from the other side.
     
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  2. alexanderfoti

    alexanderfoti MBO Forum Supporter Authorised Forum Supporter

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    Do check that it still keeps mobilo intact etc. Some dealers offer cheaper servicing but it forgoes Mobilo extension on the older vehicles.
     
  3. EmilysDad

    EmilysDad Senior Member

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    The difference in prices would buy a lot of AA/RAC/Green Flag/other recovery :rolleyes:
     
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    The_Don

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    It’s only the value service that excludes mobilo, every A or B service renews mobilo for the next twelve months for every car up to thirty years of age, one of my 1999 c43 Amgs still has mobilo cover.
     
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    alexanderfoti MBO Forum Supporter Authorised Forum Supporter

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    I agree!

    (10 years down the line when it needs rot repair may be another story though)
     
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    I doubt enough hoops will have been jumped through for the majority of 10+yr old for Mercedes ;)
     
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    Wow, proof of life after death!
    What's it like? Are you allowed petrol cars or is it wings only? Do real enthusiasts do detailing on their wings?
     
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    It’s amazing.....
     
  9. alexanderfoti

    alexanderfoti MBO Forum Supporter Authorised Forum Supporter

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    It must be, if there are AMG's!
     
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    My Jaguar XF needed a belt and while doing it best to fit water pump , I got price from 2 indies quoted around 450 to 500
    Had a bit of a pester with jaguar in belfast they done it for £450 so sometimes it’s worth trying the big boys.
    I have found the same with some parts , certainly not all but some.
     
  11. EmilysDad

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    Mercedes quoted me £300 something to replace the water pump on my Smart Roadster (c£100 for the pump and drive belt). A local indie also phoned me back but before he offered his quote i told him Merc's quote. His reply was 'take it to Merc .... I'm twice as much'

    It does pay to phone around ....
     
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    My local dealer don't do discounts, the price is the price.
     
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    This is an interesting thread (sorry for reviving)..

    If value can be had from MB dealers that is great. Let's play devils advocate for a moment. Even if MB was slightly more expensive, how much do you think a complete MB service history record would affect the resale price? I guess in varying circumstances, it could either help you shift the motor quicker and/or get a better price?

    I've just been onto Sandown in Guildford and their pricing didn't seem excessive to be honest. I just bought a 2010 S212 and bringing it to them to have an inspection + investigate a possible rear air suspension leak.
     
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    IMHO ..... nothing on a 9 yr old car ;-)
     
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    No difference at all, full service history is important, but where makes no difference (when you're selling...)
     
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    If I was searching for a like for like vehicle. The one with full and regular service history with the main dealer service records intact would be preferable to one with various service history allbeit with other garages. (still regular). I think this may pesuade the average buyer also.

    Provenance is everything. Also having full invoices and preferably having been garaged, this make a massive difference.

    Having said that, the independents take the trouble to talk to you and I always feel more confident with their working practices, they want to retain their customer base and it strikes me that their knowledge is much greater than the average main dealer technician.

    The ones on this forum are without doubt the best out there.

    Houseboss 2
     
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  17. EmilysDad

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    but we're talking about a car here and not a Picasso
     
  18. alexanderfoti

    alexanderfoti MBO Forum Supporter Authorised Forum Supporter

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    If you're buying 2 years old, maybe, but the value is unaffected IMO, just makes it slightly more desirable on the second hand market vs one without.
     
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  19. John Laidlaw

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    Arguably a 5,6,7+ year old car might sell better therefore keep your asking price intact through evidence of a reliable Indy service record rather than main dealers who ‘allegedly ‘ may not do what they charge for :shock::rolleyes:
     
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  20. Conor

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    Yea fair points.

    The main dealer service history is a bit of a difficult one really.. I remember a few years ago a VW main dealer cheekily admitted to my dad, that his indy was probably way better than the mechanics in the VW garage, but they were providing main dealer history.
     

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