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davidg

Sticking it to the main stealers and grease monkeys

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6 minutes ago, davidg said:

Is grease monkey rascist?

Well anyway went into the Toy-Yoda main stealer. Got a rumbling rear wheel bearing, how much to change?

Guy sucks backwards through teeth, 250 for the hub, 2 hours labour so thats 200. 450, plus VAT at 20%

WTF? what are the hubs made of? Unicorn shit? Can't you just pull the bearings? They are usually about a score to buy?

Nah mate, sealed unit innit.

and 2 hours for labour?

Yeah, well we have to remove the hub, bolts, anyway it's  a standard rate anyway, same price in any main stealer.

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So anyway I check with the motor factors, a hub from a reputable manufacturer was 90 euros. I spent half an hour this morning removing the hub and undoing 3 bolts holding the bearing unit. I then got stuck on the last bolt despite having a breaker bar. I realized that my socket was not the best quality. Left penetrating oil on the bolt and bearing unit. Went out to lunch and popped into the DIY shop to pick up a quality socket which let me get the remaining bolt out. Couldn't free the bearing unit so returned to DIY shop to buy two long 10mm bolts which I screwed into the bearing unit to press it out against the axle unit.

Total cost about 100 and an hour and a half work, a garage could probably do it in half an hour.

500 euros, it is nearly criminal!

 

yeh, but genuine part would last 3 times as long

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2 minutes ago, Sucralose Ray Leonard said:

I just bought 2 windscreen wipers from Lidl for a fiver.


Fuck you Nelson Mandela! Er i mean Nissan Main dealer.

 

(I don't have a Nissan)

Costco do mitchelin stealth

https://gb.michelin-lifestyle.com/en/promotions/uk-wiper-blades

they sometimes have them on offer. Can't beat the lidl price but excellent blades and a fiver each when on offer. 

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They get away with it because most people are idiots 

Case in point , guy in Work says his washer jets have stopped working 

I suggested he check the fuse and got a blank look followed by how would I do that ? Ffs 

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6 minutes ago, Malthus said:

They get away with it because most people are idiots 

Case in point , guy in Work says his washer jets have stopped working 

I suggested he check the fuse and got a blank look followed by how would I do that ? Ffs 

Tbf, I was getting good, reasonably priced service from my main stealer. Had my last car serviced through them throughout. 

However, the service manager was excellent. Sadly he got promoted to be replaced by an archetypal Essex airhead. Last time I went in, I took my paper licence as I had a courtesy car (I've been such a longstanding customer the previous service manager never bothered to ask for it). 

Airhead looked at it.  Nah, that's not legal.  Can't accept that. 9_9   

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Becoming a regular customer a decent back street garage is incredibly useful.  I've never had to use a main dealer for repairs in 20 year of motoring.

Have a look if there any Independent Toyota specialists near you.

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11 minutes ago, Napoleon Dynamite said:

 

Have a look if there any Independent Toyota specialists near you.

Hmmm I think they all employ brain surgeons given what they charge, you can shave a bit off round here but not much, maybe 20% cheaper.

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To be fair to the car dealers they probably need their £100 an hour for mechanics. The rent and rates for these fancy showrooms will be high... Never mind the hot blonde receptionists...

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9 minutes ago, davidg said:

Hmmm I think they all employ brain surgeons given what they charge, you can shave a bit off round here but not much, maybe 20% cheaper.

They are glorified fitters at the main stealer. The route of least resistance and largest cost is the solution. I am surprised that they didn't suggest getting to the wheel bearing via the steering wheel as it would have been a lot dearer.

 

BTW I own an old Toyota and always use genuine parts whenever possible.

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There was a coffee shop in my town. The property came up for auction and it turned out they were paying £60k a year rent. The rates were probably another £20k. That's a hell of a lot of coffees they had to sell a week just to cover their rent and rates....

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1 hour ago, ashestoashes said:

yeh, but genuine part would last 3 times as long

But when your car is probably over half way through it`s life it`s a bit false economy especially when the saving is four fold 

Also there are plenty of OME parts out their at a fraction of the price .....a little tip car manufactures don`t make bearings they just sell on @ a huge margin and the bearing is the important part in this case 

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1 minute ago, One percent said:

Left field question here. Should you follow the manufacturers suggested oil change regime or change it more often?  

I depends on the situation ,new car under warranty  if you want to keep the warranty you must play the game

I`m a bit suspicious of the long service intervals recommended buy the likes of VW especially with their diesel engines 

Tin foilhat mode i think they want them to wear out prematurely ,like whats changed ?oil service intervals were always 6-8K now 15 -20 K and the engines are working far harder now with the massive increase in power diesels now produce yet they can do twice the mileage between oil changes  

Oil manufactures also play a game the spec has moved up on a lot of older engines to oil that is twice the price of what was recommended by the manufacturer when new

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Having owned about 5 cars - I've not been an oil changer of the religious type. Normally something else goes rather than the engine, when the clock passes 100K. And it is numerous faults that come up, that make the car uneconomical to own.

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42 minutes ago, Great Guy said:

There was a coffee shop in my town. The property came up for auction and it turned out they were paying £60k a year rent. The rates were probably another £20k. That's a hell of a lot of coffees they had to sell a week just to cover their rent and rates....

I look small commercial spaces and shops in Edinburgh and wonder how lots of businesses survive. A grand a month on rent, then another couple of grand on staff, plus electricity, gas, rates, bin collections, insurance, etc, etc...

 

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1 minute ago, Carl Fimble said:

I look small commercial spaces and shops in Edinburgh and wonder how lots of businesses survive. A grand a month on rent, then another couple of grand on staff, plus electricity, gas, rates, bin collections, insurance, etc, etc...

 

Tax credits. 

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1 minute ago, One percent said:

Tax credits. 

Some of them yes, and some fronts for money laundering no doubt, there are loads of businesses I see where I wonder how they keep going though.

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4 minutes ago, Carl Fimble said:

Some of them yes, and some fronts for money laundering no doubt, there are loads of businesses I see where I wonder how they keep going though.

Snap. They have got to be getting their money somehow. So, tax credits or illegal stuff. 

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1 minute ago, NTB said:

I think you are over estimating his abilities. The start point for muppets is 'put some screen wash in'

Or even "Did you have the key in, and the ignition on?"

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2 minutes ago, One percent said:

Snap. They have got to be getting their money somehow. So, tax credits or illegal stuff. 

Or maybe the owners are just working their fingers to the bone, or existing off tiny earnings? An old business I can see maybe owns their property so no rent, and a new business may have some start up cash to tide them over, there are loads apart from those two though.

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