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    Question Big differences in local service costs?

    I've rung three garages today for a price for a 2-year/40,000 mile service for my Vectra:

    Drive Vauxhall, Redcar £250.60
    Evans Halshaw, Peterlee £220
    Sherwoods, Stockton £180

    They're all Vauxhall dealerships quoting for the same job on the same car, so why the big difference?

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    Different groups/owners basically.

    While the Vx parts prices won't (shouldn't) alter, the labour prices will.

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    ask them to do a price match sounds daft but when i had me vec b i got managemnt light onso got a tech 2 .. went to a vaux in cramlington then 1 in gateshead and then 1 near me in shiremoor all different prices so i asked why they are dif he said sumit stupid then said we do a price match i said u kidding so he phoned the other 2 garages got there price and beat them haha dont get nowt if u dont ask m8

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan View Post
    Different groups/owners basically.

    While the Vx parts prices won't (shouldn't) alter, the labour prices will.

    I considered the labour charges but given the price difference, thought there must be more to it than that; you're probably right though.

    Do other members find that dealer prices for parts are fairly standard across the board?

    I always assumed so (for the trade in general rather than Vauxhall-specifically) until I came to buy panels for a motorbike and found price differences of up to £70 per panel, for the same official (Suzuki) parts. I always get a few prices now, just to check.


    Quote Originally Posted by willoftoon View Post
    ask them to do a price match

    It's alright, the cheapest garage is as convenient for me as the others.

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    On an unrelated note, I noticed yesterday that somebody has clipped the front of my car and scuffed the paint beneath the front nearside headlight, both above and below the foglight surround

    It's cleaned up pretty well and a post-wash rub with WD40 on a soft cloth lifted the traces of paint off my paintwork but it's still through to the plastic beneath.

    Ho-hum; a touch-up/respray beckons in the spring

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    Had a letter yesterday from the main VX dealer in Liverpool (Lookers) offering full service for £110. That's about half price for my engine. I get that sort of deal already from another small friendly VX dealer. Sign of the times, methinks.

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    i know the 1 up hexham is offering a service for cars over 4 year for 60 quid dont know what u get for it though

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