Having only got one key with my car I decided yesterday to get a new one - Could not be bothered with fleabay and the uncertainty regards pairing and unpairing plus I needed a new blade anyway.
Enter my local main stealer in Leeds, Evans Halshaw, Hunslet. They quoted me £55 + VAT for the complete key and £85.00 to code it to the car.
I also did not have the security card, but a quick call to Pendragon in Derby (the supplying dealer back in 2003) and with no fuss I had the key # and immobiliser # - Big Thanks Pendragon
I made an appointment for today then decided to do some research. I discovered Vx have the job down as 0.3 hours then decided to call some other dealers - JCT600 quoted £66.50 for the programming (same for the key). I then called another local Evans Halshaw dealer and was quoted £40.00 for the programming (same again for the key).
As you can imagine I was fuming by now and rang the original dealer back and asked them to explain why the felt the need to have my pants down. "That's what we charge - Its for an hour" they said - "What for a 20 minute job - You are having a giraffe. Cancel by booking" I replied. "Well if you tell me who quoted you the £40.00 I will price match it once I have spoken to my manager" I nearly told them not to bother as the damage was done, but Leeds is nearer to me so I let them.
Needless to say the paperwork had not been changed when I got there this morning, but the guy took my word for it when I told him who I had spoken to.
Original Quote - £161.00 inc VAT
Final Quote - £109.25
So there you go. Compare Vx dealer prices as well as meerkats and save some cash