Car battery needed replacing
My car wouldn't start without being jumped, after which it would run perfectly but then fail to start the next day.
I rang the dealers who are just round the corner (Renault). "That'll be £27.43" says they. "For the battery?" says I. "Oh no, they laughed, that's just to check if it's the battery that's the problem. If you need a new battery that'll be a further £110.68".
Seemed on the steep side but I booked it in anyway. Their earliest slot was next week.
Went for a jog during which I decided that was crazy money for a battery. Got home & rang F1 Autocentres. "Bring it down, we can do it now: Free test of battery & alternator. If it is the battery it'll cost £34.99 + VAT for us to replace it."
That was an hour ago. I went down there & they were as good as their word, battery is now replaced & it cost me about £40 instead of about £140. Unlimited 2-year guarantee too.
I expect dealers to be expensive but £140 instead of £40? That's not expensive, that's a scandalous rip-off of a magnitude that should literally be illegal. And the fact they were booked until next week tells us that they have more business than they can handle. They must be laughing themselves sick, bleeding their customer base dry with that kind of overcharging. The irony is that the people who take their car to the dealers for repairs, invariably do it because they trust them....
All this against a backdrop whereby the car industry is bleating about how hard times are & is currently benefitting from the taxpayer handout that is the £2,000 trade-in scheme.
Absolutely frigging disgusting.
I don't condone any illegal activities at all but as a matter of reporting a piece of factual research on this matter; the £100 you've saved will cover the cost of hiring two youths to torch the place.
On a slightly different topic, have you (or anyone here) used a council-run MOT centre to get their MOT done? I remember reading about this a while back and your post just reminded me. The basis of using them being there's no incentive to fail because they don't offer to do repairs.
I`ll torch the place for £50 lol....these places just know that the average punter has no idea abut their vehicle or what things should cost. £140 is scandelous indeed, hope they go bust but sounds like they are making a killing.
I tought the scary bit was the idea of going for a jog.