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I bought my fiat 500 from Glyn Hopkin so usually take it there for servicing. It's due a major service, but they seem to be charging at least a third more than kwikfit or Halfords for this. Does it really make a difference whether it goes to the Fiat garage at Glyn Hopkins or can it be any local garage for a major service?
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PS - is it right that a major service is needed every other year in between minor services?
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Re: Is a specialist garage necessary?

KwikFit/Halfords quote less because they're **** and will as likely break something, or at least "find" something else that "needs" doing [/sarcasm].
Assuming that your vehicle is still in it's warranty period, you only need to take it to a VAT registered garage for a service. I'd go with an independent personally, unlike the chains they rely on reputation to keep going and so are more interested in consistently doing a good job at a reasonable price.

As for when services are due, "minor" and "major" mean nothing. There are certain items which need servicing/replacement at different intervals. Consult your handbook to find out what needs doing and when. As a rough guide, oil and filters (both oil and air) should be changed at least every 12 months/8k miles (whichever comes first), belts every 5 years/50k miles, other things like tyres and brakes are changed as and when they're required. Gearbox oil and brake fluid have very long lives (I can't remember exactly) but it'll all be detailed in your handbook anyway.
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Re: Is a specialist garage necessary?

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What mileage are you covering?

Oil will want changing at mileage intervals..same with plugs and filters.

Other fluids on a 3 to 5 year basis.

Tell us more..


Are you in the South East?

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Hi

What mileage are you covering?

Oil will want changing at mileage intervals..same with plugs and filters.

Other fluids on a 3 to 5 year basis.

Tell us more..


Are you in the South East?

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Thanks - it has 16000 on the clock. I don't often drive very far in it, so have had it since 2013 (it's a 2010 car) - done less than 2000mi in the past year. I know it's definitely due an oil change. The time belt was done 2 years ago. At the minor service last year, not a lot happened! And they said then that it was due a major service. The handbook advises service schedule by distances starting from 18000mi/30k km. Yes, I'm in London
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Re: Is a specialist garage necessary?

You do not have to go to teh expensive franchised dealer, but don't go to Halfords or Kwik-Fit. As said above, they are pressured to sell so will 'find' stuff to do, and advise you that it is unsafe to not do it.

Find a local independent who runs on his reputation.
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Re: Is a specialist garage necessary?

Ok.

So no warranty to keep track of.

Will require.

Oil and filter.
Airfilter

Potentially sparkplugs (pollen filter too?)

Then antifreeze and brake fluid ...
( these have a service life.. so can be tested for condition)


Brakes and tyres should be fine..

exhaust.. corrosion of tailsection..maybe.. this often happens with short journeys.
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Re: Is a specialist garage necessary?

I have been using a good local Alfa garage as they just know my Stilo and it's the same price as any other good garage. In fact they like the fact that I am keeping a older Fiat on the road, and give me a honest list of jobs to have done and cheaper stuff that will help.
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Quote Originally Posted by charli2 View Post
Hi!
I bought my fiat 500 from Glyn Hopkin so usually take it there for servicing. It's due ...can it be any local garage for a major service?
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PS - is it right that a major service is needed every other year in between minor services?
The one thing nobody has mentioned..

The ford Ka is virtually identical to service same engines... same parts and same tools.

So most garages will have worked on them

May help you find a decent place..at a sensible price.
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Re: Is a specialist garage necessary?

Quote Originally Posted by varesecrazy View Post
The one thing nobody has mentioned..

The ford Ka is virtually identical to service same engines... same parts and same tools.

So most garages will have worked on them

May help you find a decent place..at a sensible price.
Good thought, but this does not mean go to a Ford dealer.
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