DIY servicing impact on resale.

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What impact if anything does DIY servicing have on the price of your vehicle come trade in or private sale? Obviously would keep all receipts for consumables used.
 

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What impact if anything does DIY servicing have on the price of your vehicle come trade in or private sale? Obviously would keep all receipts for consumables used.
Zero...
 

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Buying or selling...?
If buying drops it by ££££ ;)
If selling no difference at all :rolleyes:

Keep a history of all the bits you've used and when and as long as it's been serviced to the schedule (or above @Wighty :D) then can't see the issue.
 

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It depends significantly on the age of the car and dealer service history(or independent) up to the point of home servicing. A full main dealer service history is generally expected up to 3 years old.
For example trading in an 8 year old car with partial dealer history up till say 4 then home servicing - probably no difference but expect them to try it on anyway.
If selling privately some people may be put off, but beyond a certain age/price it should make no difference.
 

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What impact if anything does DIY servicing have on the price of your vehicle come trade in or private sale? Obviously would keep all receipts for consumables used.

Although I use an Indy to service my MB's I have never been asked about service histories when P/Xing on any of them :rolleyes::)
 

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It will always come down to who you are looking to sell to / trade in against.

No matter what all the other answers say - I have always been asked if my car has a full service history come time to trade it in.

Mind you my cars are fairly new - so I can't truthfully say how much it would affect the price on an older car without history - probably not a great amount I would suspect.

But I can say having a full history will not count against it, and can only help the sale go through.
 

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I think it does make a difference when selling privately, particularly if the resale is high/depreciation is low - a FSH is more appealing and offers a private buyer reassurance if spending £4k+

However, you do need to factor the savings; you can do a DIY 'A service for perhaps £40-£60, whereas a dealer would want perhaps £200 and an indy perhaps £150. This can mount up considerably over 5-7 years if on an annual service plan (B services are even more). I could see £500 - £800 saving.

Yes, ironically it probably comes off your private asking price, so swings 'n' roundabouts!
 

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Easy to check. Enter reg into webuyanycar or any similar site. Do it once with full service history, then try again with part service history?

Terminology is a bit open to interpretation.

I do my own service. But I document, and photograph every part changed or moved. I record everything I inspect with detailed records and provide all the receipts and log any issues and fixes in between services. So my car has service history, but not a garage based service history.

Is it worth less? Not in my book it isn't.

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It depends on many things, chiefly what the vehicle is.
Some vehicles are very fragile and expensive to fix if not maintained properly (Bentley Turbo R for example).
Others can be fixed by Fred in a shed with no worries (think Ford fiesta/focus etc).

Also depends on the level of documentation. For example if you have a notebook with dates and details of work performed backed up with receipts it's a different matter compared to a squiggled signature in the service book.
 

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I always take a real good look around cars I buy.think I can spot a cared for motor. Yet to buy a dud. Tho any second hand modern benz would be a far more likely possibility than any car I have previously bought..
 

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Never had a problem selling a car which has been self serviced... though I have tended not to DIY until something is either at 100k miles or after about 4 years.

that said I’ll still do brake pads and discs myself before then if needed
 

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If I was buying and the seller was a motor engineer, I think - in conjunction with a detailed look around, I'd easily conclude that the car's probably been better serviced than it would have been by a dealer.
 

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What impact if anything does DIY servicing have on the price of your vehicle come trade in or private sale? Obviously would keep all receipts for consumables used.

I wouldn't buy a (newish car <5 years old) that had not been serviced by the dealer or a reputable indy!
 

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I wouldn’t buy a car without a full documented history unless it was >10 years old - why take the chance. Part MBSH and Independent is usually what you find with older MBs. If I was presented with a comprehensive well documented service history carried out by the owner I might feel comfortable enough to part with my hard earned cash
 

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We have bought 6 MB cars in the last 20 years all second hand. Two private purchases, one from Arnold Clark, & three from MB, all with full MB service history. All kept until they had done between 90 & 120K miles, & no major issues.
Other than consumables, the only other issues were a shock absorber, a coil spring, & front suspension bushes.
 

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Last time i did a trade in the dealer looked at, I assume Glass's guide, and gave price without looking at the car
 


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