Date registered: Feb 2005
Vehicle: 1989 W201.029/M103 3.0
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Personally I'm always a little paranoid about superfluous charges with generalised servicing. I like to independently decide which work is required and specify work orders, but I'm always dealing in older used cars. I've never owned a new one. Used cars can theoretically rape your chequebook on a generalised servicing work order, with plenty of kms on it just where exactly do you stop replacing/refreshing parts?
I also never give ambiguous requests, such as, "There's a strange noise when I drive, can you fix it?" You might be expecting a few hundred charged and wind up with a 14-grand new engine/transmission fee tossing words like those around. Myself, I've got an older Mercedes with a market value in sparkling condition of 4-grand maybe, a new transmission for which has a 7-grand price tag...
So I book a "service" I don't say anything like "service my Mercedes" to them. No way. I say more like, "Can I have a quote for a transmission oil/filter change thanks. Just that, no extra work, cheers bud."
And that way, even if I ask them to do an oil/filter change, I'll specify just that, and they won't touch my air filter...or the $125 plugs I put in and no way want swapped back out for the $40 specified ones and tossed in a bin. My superduper plugs got me 2-3 extra hp and gorgeous cold starts, don't fricken touch them...
driving a fast car should feel like falling off a building.