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    Car Service

    Hi GPers,

    My car is due for a service. The cost of servicing my car is about $450.00 - I drive nothing fancy, just a VW polo and normally do about 8000km a year. Anyway, the advise is that the car is serviced every 10,000km or 12 months, whatever comes first. If a car only do 5000km a year, can it be serviced every two years instead of every year? Why exactly does it have to be service every 12 months? And what does the mechanic do during a service? I understand, they do the oil/filter change etc... but not sure what else is done.

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    I've never paid $450 for a "standard" service. Is that at a dealership or something? I think my work van was ~$300 which takes a lot more oil than a car. They also go over the vehicle with a fine tooth comb and measure all brake pads, tyres, brake fluid quality and all sorts.

    Find a better value place and have it serviced yearly IMO. Some cars will benefit from shorter service intervals, others it won't matter. If a car is well worn, the engine may be contaminating the oil a lot more over that 5000km you mention, than another car does over 10,000km.

    As for what the $450 mechanic does, ask them.

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    My polo service cost $390.

    I did about 11500km in it's first year.

    I just stick with what they recommend. 12 month or #####kms.

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    Fragluton wrote:
    I've never paid $450 for a "standard" service. Is that at a dealership or something? I think my work van was ~$300 which takes a lot more oil than a car. They also go over the vehicle with a fine tooth comb and measure all brake pads, tyres, brake fluid quality and all sorts.

    Find a better value place and have it serviced yearly IMO. Some cars will benefit from shorter service intervals, others it won't matter. If a car is well worn, the engine may be contaminating the oil a lot more over that 5000km you mention, than another car does over 10,000km.

    As for what the $450 mechanic does, ask them.
    $450 is the standard price VW charges for a service, which only includes Oil and Filters change, checks/inspection and fluid tops ups. You have to service the vehicle at VW and on time or the warranty is void.

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    SirGrim wrote:
    You have to service the vehicle at VW and on time or the warranty is void.
    Yeah this is not true

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    My car is 2011 is has been out of warranty for several years now. I used to service it at Giltrap in Ponsonby which also included complimentary car wash and vac, and a loan car for the day or they dropped me off at work. However, since moving further north I just used the local machanic (charges similar price but without all the extras). The trouble was I took my car to them twice and both times, a day or two later, one of the tyre went flat. I have never had a flat tyre before that... the first time, may be a co-incident but twice in a row... don't know

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    SirGrim wrote:
    $450 is the standard price VW charges for a service, which only includes Oil and Filters change, checks/inspection and fluid tops ups. You have to service the vehicle at VW and on time or the warranty is void.
    be aware, i havent "not noticed" you posting in here again, im giving you the benefit of the doubt right now but know im watching you like a ****ing hawk, i will start deleting your posts in cb&m again if you slip back into your previous shit

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    knack wrote:
    My car is 2011 is has been out of warranty for several years now. I used to service it at Giltrap in Ponsonby which also included complimentary car wash and vac, and a loan car for the day or they dropped me off at work. However, since moving further north I just used the local machanic (charges similar price but without all the extras). The trouble was I took my car to them twice and both times, a day or two later, one of the tyre went flat. I have never had a flat tyre before that... the first time, may be a co-incident but twice in a row... don't know
    Gazely motors in Wellington do all that extra stuff too. My car was due a wash and vacuum when it went for the service

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    SirGrim wrote:
    You have to service the vehicle at VW and on time or the warranty is void.
    A tad misleading when they don't have a new car that would be subject to a warranty.

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    knack wrote:
    Anyway, the advise is that the car is serviced every 10,000km or 12 months, whatever comes first.
    Answered your own question

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    12 months is just the standard to cover the average use. If the car was stored in a good environment, filled with quality synthetic oil and not used for short stop and start trips etc you could possibly extend the interval, but its probably not worth it as you don't know what the oil is like unless you start testing it

    Most euros get filled with full synthetic oil so that adds onto the price + Dealer + Auckland. We would charge around $300 here to do the equivalent service.

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    SirGrim wrote:
    $450 is the standard price VW charges for a service, which only includes Oil and Filters change, checks/inspection and fluid tops ups. You have to service the vehicle at VW and on time or the warranty is void.
    Holy shit. I can fo the same with premium oil for a hundred bucks

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    I wouldn't skip a yearly service on any car and specially not on an european one. During that service a pro will look for common faults or specific area for your car.
    If you want to save got to an european car specialist. They will be cheaper than the dealer a bit higher than your local mechanic but they will have the knowledge.
    For example Eurosurgeon/Burger Motor Works but not sure if they offer a loan car service but you can get away by getting around with Uber.

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    I have a VW TDI. it's either every 12 months or 15,000kms. So I'd stick with their recommendation. Even if you don't do the amount of kms, don't go 2 years without servicing.

    $450 is pretty standard, but it's not required to take it to a dealer. Try finding a local Euro specialist, and getting a quote.