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Old 21-08-2017   #16
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Just had car serviced, but not by supplying dealer under EU Block Exemption rules. If you do this ,get everything in writing ,using recommended lubricants, showing receipts for all used manufacturers spares ( filters etc.) . Can be done by any garage as long as rules followed. I used my favourite garage, used for past 35 years so I know they do a good job. Saved 30 too over supplying dealer.
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Just had car serviced, but not by supplying dealer under EU Block Exemption rules. If you do this ,get everything in writing ,using recommended lubricants, showing receipts for all used manufacturers spares ( filters etc.) . Can be done by any garage as long as rules followed. I used my favourite garage, used for past 35 years so I know they do a good job. Saved 30 too over supplying dealer.
Would add that in the UK the garage has to be VAT registered which most are. This is to rule out smaller/backstreet/questionable garages.

And yes there are excellent reputable independent mechanics/technicians out there who are not VAT registered but Fiat UK warranty criteria requires VAT registration and ONLY original Fiat branded parts to be used during the warranty business. Their warranty cover, their right to stipulate conditions, subject to EU Block Exemption Rules which do not prevent stipulations of VAT registered and use of manufacturer branded parts.
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Numpty, apologies if I missed it, but I assume yours is a diesel? The handbook states that the 1.4 Multiair needs an oil and filter change annually if you cover less than 10,000km.
If it is a diesel, and your low mileage consists of a lot of short runs, it's wise to keep a close eye on the oil level. Lack of longer faster journeys can cause the DPF cleaning process to put fuel in the sump oil, which is a very bad thing!
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Fiat UK warranty criteria requires VAT registration and ONLY original Fiat branded parts to be used during the warranty business. Their warranty cover, their right to stipulate conditions, subject to EU Block Exemption Rules which do not prevent stipulations of VAT registered and use of manufacturer branded parts.
OK I am correcting myself after further research. I did not get it quite right regarding parts usage.

VAT registration is required, and the parts used must be original manufacturer's branded OR the equivalent quality and specification OEM parts. To avoid arguments and warranty disputes most independent VAT registered garages doing the servicing during the original manufacturer's warranty period will/should use original parts thus avoiding any potential disputes.

Hope this clarifies the situation. Sorry for any confusion.
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My garage is not VAT registered but is Fiat Trained and did 14 years with main dealer before setting up on his own . I told the warranty dept this and they said it was ok but i must use the recommended oils and any service parts. My mechanic will only service with fiat parts if the car is under warranty , for his own peace of mind.
I never had to claim on my last car so its academic really. However I have just got a 500x and I expect him to do the service next time.
(Provided he doesnt retire in the next year)
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You may be right, but what can you do eh?
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