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    hi guys i done my own service not long ago, the car was on 106k when i done it as i bought it at 100k but it was just serviced.
    so i used 10-40 diesel oil and an oil filter obviously, but the car is on 113k miles now and im thinking it needs done again as its remapped and i wanna keep it fresh etc.
    what im thinking is it had full vauxhall history etc and then my writing with when i changed it.
    ive been quoted £115 for the oil, filter and fuel filter change including parts and vat etc from a local garage.
    or £50+vat if i supply the parts..
    But im thinking should i do it for the stamp? or just do it myself..
    whats your thoughts?

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    If the car is out of warranty and over five years old, there is little benefit to be had once it is over 100K miles
    For trade-in, the buyer is simply going to simply make sure the car is in good condition
    However for a private sale a basic service history is essential (even if it is part of a VX history up to 3 years, then receipts for parts after that)

    Equally, 10W40 Diesel oil MUST be changed every 10K miles and certainly before 12K miles

    As for the service, that's really a personal choice
    £60 for a simple change of oil, oil filter, and fuel filter is rather expensive (if you are supplying the parts)
    On my car, where the oil costs £80, for that same money I get an interim service (oil, oil filter, pollen filter) taking it to £175
    Again, I could supply the parts, and I would then be presented with a bill to pay for about £60 (ie 1 hours labour)
    However VX don't do much "extra" for that 1 hour, the simply spin and waggle the wheels, visually check the brakes, then take the car for a road test

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    well i have a warranty direct policy and they say the car must be serviced regularly so i dunno about that..
    but i think i might be canceling it as ive never used it, well yet i may have to soon as their a knocking noise under neath to the right.

    so maybe just doing the service my self is much cheaper as the oil is like £20 and then just the filter charges on top of that..
    or over £100 and let them do it with whatever oil they use.
    its not a vauxhall garage that would be doing it anyway.
    im going to price it with my usual garage and see what they charge for it but i just wanted a second opinion...

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    Quote Originally Posted by twaiter View Post
    well i have a warranty direct policy and they say the car must be serviced regularly so i dunno about that
    Don't cancel the policy, as you won't get the full value of it back (see the policy terms for cancellation fees)

    What they expect is for the car to be serviced using OE parts and by a VAT registered garage
    Equally, they will ask for a copy of the service book in the event of any claim

    I had an argument with car2cover on my tyre insurance policy last year, they refused to authorise the claim as the car had "excess mileage", but I had only done 5K miles in the two months since purchasing the policy, "Sorry sir but your first claim is at 75K miles and that is very high for a 2 month old car", bunch of wallies!
    When the engineer turned up, "Why have they declined this, the car is clearly a 2005 reg, lets sort this right now"

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    If you've already had it serviced enough times to comply with the warranty, then my suggestion is to do it yourself, and use the money you've saved on garage labour fees to instead buy the best oil you can, i.e. Mobil1 or similar, rather than the £20 oil.

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    im not sure what the warranty company requires of the servicing or how regular etc.
    well the £20 oil is the one ive used for the last 7k milesor whatever its mobil1 diesel 10w40 from halfords, semi synthetic as far asi know..
    im gonna have to look into more i think.

    but basically the car is booked in for wednesday to get my lock nut off, get the wheel balanced and check the clunk noise that i some times hear which hopefully the warranty will cover and i only pay 50% of the part cost.
    wait and see! £25pm better pay off for something! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by twaiter View Post
    im not sure what the warranty company requires of the servicing or how regular etc.
    As above, they normally require OE parts and that a VAT registered garage completes the work at the required intervals (up to 500 miles)
    If in doubt, check the policy or contact them

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