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Melv
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Service?

Post by Melv » 17 Apr 2016, 11:30

Just taken my 116d for a service & MOT.Its the first time as only bought it last year.The lady took my key and it came up on her PC exactly what the service would need.The price was not far off what I expected.But I got thinking about what are the advantages/disadvantages of going to a BMW dealer.I could go to a good local garage for the service and ask for genuine BMW parts to be used and I guess it would be a fair bit cheaper.

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Re: Service?

Post by cockneyrebel » 17 Apr 2016, 11:42

Yup a good Indie is always better for your wallet,
worth asking on here for a reputable garage on here
Quoting which area you prefer.
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Post by M60NJP » 17 Apr 2016, 11:47

No straightforward answer to that!!

Some folk value main dealer service history - a belief the service is better quality overall and that only main dealers have the equipment and knowledge to 'do it properly'. This can and does have resale value advantage, but at over £100 per hour for labour the sums may not add up! (My own view is it makes a car more saleable, but the actual price effect is negligible)

Plan B and generally favoured by many on here is the BMW independent garage - so a specialist in BMW (sometimes other marques) which are usually staffed by ex-main dealer staff. The downside is that the training might not be a good for recent models (but not necessarily). The upside is they're usually more familiar with older modelsand have 'proper' technicians who can fix things (vs main dealers who use a laptop to diagnose and just replace parts). Since the rules were changed a few years back, indies have the latest equipment etc and their servicing doesn't invalidate warranty. (Be careful in respect of bodywork viz BMW warranties though....)

Local garage - cheapest labour rate, but do they know are refer to the BMW schedule etc to make sure the right service is done? Some do, some don't.....

DIY is the cheapest option, particularly when it's just an oil service!!

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Post by Melv » 17 Apr 2016, 11:51

Thanks for that info.I will keep it in mind next time.I will probably use the same garage as I used with my previous car.

Will everything about service etc still update onto the key and on the onboard computer?

I'm in the Stoke on Trent area if anyone knows or can recommend an independent garage for BMWs.
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Post by M60NJP » 17 Apr 2016, 11:55

Melv wrote:
Will everything about service etc still update onto the key and on the onboard computer?
Only if the technician knows how to do it! That's the risk of non-main or non-indie. BUT - the real 'value' is in the detailed receipt stating what's been done, so make sure they know your model and the sequence of things needing doing, particular things like cam belts!

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Re: Service?

Post by Melv » 17 Apr 2016, 12:04

Excellent advice and very much appreciated.Thank you.

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