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My car is 8 years old in September and has 7 years full service history with the previous owner.

If I don't service it with the dealership next month, but have it done elsewhere,, will the value of my car reduce significantly?

Please can anyone advise?

SAdeals
a month ago
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Ann1984
Ann1984a month ago

It won’t make your car any cheaper you could always keep receipt from where you have done. Most people service themselves we do ours.

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Original Poster
a month ago

Ann1984 thanks for your comments. Now you say it I remember hearing that some people do their own service. I wish I was talented enough to do my own!

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Ann1984
Ann1984a month ago

SAdeals my husband self taught himself to be mechanic now fixes hgv buses cars and not one piece of paperwork does mots services

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Original Poster
a month ago

Ann1984 that's brilliant! Really handy to have these types of useful skills under your belt as nowadays it's hard to find reliable tradesmen for most tasks.

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tara73ziva
tara73zivaa month ago

No it will not reduce the value of your car as long as you use a vat registered garage and if the car still has warranty make sure that they use main dealer parts and stamp your service book

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TheChimp
TheChimpa month ago

This ^^^^^^^^^^

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Mango4
Mango4a month ago

No sold my car recently , the dealership I sold it to didn't care as long as the book was stamped by a VAT registered garage. Like you I was having my car serviced each the by the main dealer, that was until last year when with Covid I couldn't get an appointment at the dealer to service the car so went elsewhere. I found value of my car varied considerably from garage to garage and how hard you pushed them for that bit more .

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Original Poster
a month ago

Mango4 thanks for your feedback on this topic. Its good to know that its not going to be such an issue but going to a dealership. Itll save costs that's for sure 👍🏼

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Sugarbabe
Sugarbabea month ago

Thanks for the info about having your car stamped by a VAT-registered garage. Dealerships are a rip-off, they have been calling my husband to book in for a service. I found they don't give a good car service like they used to do a few years ago. Image

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SAdeals
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Original Poster
a month ago

Sugarbabe it sounds like they do the bare minimum and charge a fortune. This is why I'm so reluctant to use them. After all if genuine dealer parts are used it shouldn't be an issue as to who fit them!

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SAdeals
SAdeals
Original Poster
a month ago

Firedragon it seems that it's not necessary to use a dealership for the Service. What's your opinion on this?🤔

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tara73ziva
tara73zivaa month ago

SAdeals my opinion is that the dealership does not do a good service they just look at the car and charge a fortune, I have all my car serviced at a local vat garage for half the price and I get a better service, and I still get the main dealer parts and my service book stamped, my family and friends now do this as well as they were sick of being ripped off too. Your warranty will still be valid as long as the garage is vat registered and and they use main dealer parts

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SAdeals
SAdeals
Original Poster
a month ago

tara73ziva thank you so much for your feedback. I'm glad my thoughts have been confirmed! I will definitely do the same now 👍🏼

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Firedragon
Firedragona month ago

SAdeals I agree with most of the comments here... I think it's extortionate for what they do/dont do.

Stick with your local

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Golfforall
Golfforalla month ago

The thing often missed is how much the car is worth ? As the resale value of mine dips below £8K ( a 6 year old BMW) , I only get it serviced for peace of mind . When it was a couple of years old and worth £15 K of course it kept the value up .

I'm looking at £800 for the next service (or £200 at Formula 1 or similar ) . Is the BMW £800 service going to add £600 to the value of my car - Sadly not !

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Original Poster
a month ago

Golfforall I understand your thinking here.makes a lot of sence. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and advice 👍🏼

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beccatavender
beccatavendera month ago

I would be more likely to buy a car with a full service history as it shows the car has been taken care of.

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Firedragon
Firedragona month ago

beccatavender as would most I would have thought but the question is does it matter where the car has been serviced? 🤔

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beccatavender
beccatavendera month ago

I don't think I so, until recently I thought all garages were equal.

I won't go into the saga with my son's car. Firedragon

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