Found 12th Apr 2010
Hi, I haven't had my car serviced for a while couldn't really afford it!

Now I've been hearing funny noises from the thing so are there any 'Get your car serviced for free' offers floating around? My cars only worth around £1000 so is it even worth the effort lol?

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Not free, but Im saving my tesco clubcard vouchers for a service with nationwide auto, its £159 cash or £40 with tesco deals. I wanted to get my brakes done too, but they wouldnt take vouchers for that.

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splatsplatsplat;8346162

Not free, but Im saving my tesco clubcard vouchers for a service with … Not free, but Im saving my tesco clubcard vouchers for a service with nationwide auto, its £159 cash or £40 with tesco deals. I wanted to get my brakes done too, but they wouldnt take vouchers for that.



Would an MOT be fine alone or is it better to go for the full service? It's only £1000 so I don't want to get the service and find out I need an extra £200 for the repairs to components that are not to do with safety.

Might be some motor mechanic courses at your local adult ed college. Might help for next service.

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WoolyM;8346205

Might be some motor mechanic courses at your local adult ed college. … Might be some motor mechanic courses at your local adult ed college. Might help for next service.



:lol:

like thats gonna be cheaper than a service......

gerbil get his 66k bmw serviced every 2 weeks

gerbil suggest you ask them how much they are charging for a service, he said its its under £120 you should do it as it could save problems later on.

casparwhite;8346223

:lol:like thats gonna be cheaper than a service......



Principle of give a man a fish and he will eat a meal
Show him how to fish and he can become self sufficient.
Realise its hard to understand for some though.

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WoolyM;8346258

Principle of give a man a fish and he will eat a mealShow him how to fish … Principle of give a man a fish and he will eat a mealShow him how to fish and he can become self sufficient. Realise its hard to understand for some though.



yeah 3 years training should help him out not to mention the cash

if everyone thought like that we would all be proficient in every skill we would ever need.

i hope you practice what you preach but somehow i doubt it very much

casparwhite;8346298

yeah 3 years training should help him out for the rest of his life

If the OP can't afford to get the car serviced then how can they afford to run it? Both things are tied together.
If you don't get it serviced, then something is going to go wrong with it and more than likely it will be engine related. This will effectively scrap the car as they have already guessed. Are they going to bel able to afoord an other car? If yes, then why not spend that money on getting this car serviced and not going throught he hassel of having to get the old car rescused from th side of a mototrway at £100 plus fo the tow of the motorway, The cost of scrapping it and then the cost of trying to find anothe car they can afford to buy?

Regards,

John

Another alternative is to scrap the car and practice sign writing and sticking out his thumb. Just sayin.

casparwhite;8346298

yeah 3 years training should help him out not to mention the cashif … yeah 3 years training should help him out not to mention the cashif everyone thought like that we would all be proficient in every skill we would ever need. i hope you practice what you preach but somehow i doubt it very much



He could just borrow a haynes manual from the local library. Think that's still free.

Shengis;8346521

He could just borrow a haynes manual from the local library. Think that's … He could just borrow a haynes manual from the local library. Think that's still free.



I was looking for pics of toy garages. But thats another option

And

Listen to the gerbil. Hes making some sense today

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Shengis;8346521

He could just borrow a haynes manual from the local library. Think that's … He could just borrow a haynes manual from the local library. Think that's still free.



you are also making the assumption the op is good with this kind of thing.......im guessing not or why would he be asking?

although your suggestion is not as daft as the person saying go learn mechanics over 3 years or so to deal with a service he needs now:) i did laugh:w00t:

Well if you are very short on money I would recommend an oil and filter change. National tyres does it very cheap if booked online (normally about £25). Then check all fluids and check your breaks, this can be done by anybody with a little common sense.

casparwhite;8346599

you are also making the assumption the op is good with this kind of … you are also making the assumption the op is good with this kind of thing.......im guessing not or why would he be asking?



Even a baby has to take wobbly steps before it learns to walk. Car servicing isn't difficult, basic use of a spanner and screwdriver pretty much covers it in most cases

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Shengis;8346653

Even a baby has to take wobbly steps before it learns to walk. Car … Even a baby has to take wobbly steps before it learns to walk. Car servicing isn't difficult, basic use of a spanner and screwdriver pretty much covers it in most cases



mate i have met literally hundreds if not thousands of blokes that cant fit a washing machine with 2 hoses and an outlet pipe, never mind attempting a car service.

some people are just not technically minded same as some people are not good at literacy, sports etc

funny how the world works huh:thumbsup:

casparwhite;8346761

mate i have met literally hundreds if not thousands of blokes that cant … mate i have met literally hundreds if not thousands of blokes that cant fit a washing machine with 2 hoses and an outlet pipe, never mind attempting a car service.some people are just not technically minded same as some people are not good at literacy, sports etcfunny how the world works huh:thumbsup:



Our economic setup revolves around the exchange of goods or services for money. Other societies use bartering. He could try that at his garage and might work if he is lucky.

This link might give some useful info ehow.com/top…tml

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WoolyM;8346817

Our economic setup revolves around the exchange of goods or services for … Our economic setup revolves around the exchange of goods or services for money. Other societies use bartering. He could try that at his garage and might work if he is lucky.



i think weve evolved quite a bit in this country. which societies are you talking about exactly....third world?

casparwhite;8346830

i think weve evolved quite a bit in this country. which societies are you … i think weve evolved quite a bit in this country. which societies are you talking about exactly....third world?



Deary me. Offer a suggestion and you bite the hand that feeds. Ungreatful youth of today :w00t:

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WoolyM;8346869

Deary me. Offer a suggestion and you bite the hand that feeds. Ungreatful … Deary me. Offer a suggestion and you bite the hand that feeds. Ungreatful youth of today :w00t:



im just asking which soceties still do what you suggest? not that difficult

ill take it as you dont have the answer then nor do you know my age;-)

WoolyM;8346205

Might be some motor mechanic courses at your local adult ed college. … Might be some motor mechanic courses at your local adult ed college. Might help for next service.



casparwhite;8346223

:lol:like thats gonna be cheaper than a service......



casparwhite;8346599

you are also making the assumption the op is good with this kind of … you are also making the assumption the op is good with this kind of thing.......im guessing not or why would he be asking?although your suggestion is not as daft as the person saying go learn mechanics over 3 years or so to deal with a service he needs now:) i did laugh:w00t:



It's actually a good idea, i did a 6 week course (for free) at college, learnt how to change the oil and filter, carry out MOT checks, change brake pads and discs.

Like someone said earlier even changing the oil filter when it's recommended will help out loads.

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sancho1983;8347170

It's actually a good idea, i did a 6 week course (for free) at college, … It's actually a good idea, i did a 6 week course (for free) at college, learnt how to change the oil and filter, carry out MOT checks, change brake pads and discs.Like someone said earlier even changing the oil filter when it's recommended will help out loads.



like i said already if you are not technically minded it changes nothing.

what was this 6 week course called and what qualification did you recieve to be able to do MOTs?

also why was it free? were you like 16?

I really don't see the point in getting it serviced if you think there's something wrong that's needing repaired because that's likely to be beyond what would be done as part of the service anyway even if the fault is as a result of a missed service. I think the only approach available is to find a mechanic who will have a look at the car and give you a quote for the work that's required.

John

dcx_badass;8347046

Service + MOT for £99:http://www.kwik-fit.com/mot-and-service-pricing.asp



Plus what they'll screw you out of finding ficticious faults with your car ......:roll:

Mecoconuts;8347508

Plus what they'll screw you out of finding ficticious faults with your … Plus what they'll screw you out of finding ficticious faults with your car ......:roll:



Yep, I would only use kwik fit in an emergency. Even then go in with cash, tell them youve got no more, and that your blacklisted. They wanted £400 for various stuff, when I only went in for 1 tyre, even when I said no I dont get paid till the end of the month (lied) they wanted me to do a credit application so I could get the work done.

sancho1983;8347170

It's actually a good idea, i did a 6 week course (for free) at college, … It's actually a good idea, i did a 6 week course (for free) at college, learnt how to change the oil and filter, carry out MOT checks, change brake pads and discs.Like someone said earlier even changing the oil filter when it's recommended will help out loads.



casparwhite;8347267

what was this 6 week course called and what qualification did you recieve … what was this 6 week course called and what qualification did you recieve to be able to do MOTs?also why was it free? were you like 16?



he did'nt say it was an MOT course, it was to carry out (pre) mot checks two totaly differnt things, I'm an MOT tester & vehicle mechanic, full city & guilds certificates,MOT licence, ATA accredited & various other certificates including one when i joined the Airfix club many moons ago :thumbsup:

but I agree with Johnmcl7 suggestion.dont chuck money at it of you think there is things wrong with it.

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richp;8347836

he did'nt say it was an MOT course, it was to carry out (pre) mot checks … he did'nt say it was an MOT course, it was to carry out (pre) mot checks two totaly differnt things, I'm an MOT tester & vehicle mechanic, full city & guilds certificates,MOT licence, ATA accredited & various other certificates including one when i joined the Airfix club many moons ago :thumbsup:but I agree with Johnmcl7 suggestion.dont chuck money at it of you think there is things wrong with it.



he doesnt say pre mot checks either "mate":thumbsup:

maybe check the post again but i can assure you he didnt

im awaiting the answers tho.....not your presumptions

casparwhite;8347862

he doesnt say pre mot checks either "mate":thumbsup:maybe check the post … he doesnt say pre mot checks either "mate":thumbsup:maybe check the post again but i can assure you he didntim awaiting the answers tho.....



ok fair enough if you want to be pedantic, he did said mot checks, thats why i put pre in brackets to differentiate the two. But i understood what the fella was on about.

casparwhite;8347267

like i said already if you are not technically minded it changes … like i said already if you are not technically minded it changes nothing.what was this 6 week course called and what qualification did you recieve to be able to do MOTs?also why was it free? were you like 16?



Ok, no need to get so defensive because someone didn't agree with your opinion.

Quite obviously i meant pre-MOT checks (seen as i said it was a six week course :whistling: )

I think it was called 'Car servicing for beginners' (did the intermediate one too recently), not sure why that's important though

It was free because colleges get quite a bit of funding to put on 6 week taster courses, in many things, salsa dancing, jewellery making, car servicing, bricklaying (also done), general maintenance (also done). Again, not entirely sure why that matters.

I didn't make out that it made me an MOT tester, or give me any information i couldn't find out on the internet or a Haynes manual, but provided practical advice on how to do things, which was a valid suggestion to the op. Come to think about it i don't even know where you got the "three year course" from, it was you who brought it up!!

I understand what you're saying about being technically minded, but being shown how easy it can be to change an oil filter (i was surprised) might change things.

But I'm sure you'll disagree................

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sancho1983;8348503

Ok, no need to get so defensive because someone didn't agree with your … Ok, no need to get so defensive because someone didn't agree with your opinion.Quite obviously i meant pre-MOT checks (seen as i said it was a six week course :whistling: )I think it was called 'Car servicing for beginners' (did the intermediate one too recently), not sure why that's important thoughIt was free because colleges get quite a bit of funding to put on 6 week taster courses, in many things, salsa dancing, jewellery making, car servicing, bricklaying (also done), general maintenance (also done). Again, not entirely sure why that matters.I didn't make out that it made me an MOT tester, or give me any information i couldn't find out on the internet or a Haynes manual, but provided practical advice on how to do things, which was a valid suggestion to the op. Come to think about it i don't even know where you got the "three year course" from, it was you who brought it up!! I understand what you're saying about being technically minded, but being shown how easy it can be to change an oil filter (i was surprised) might change things.But I'm sure you'll disagree................



jeez i only asked you a couple of questions, it wasnt such a big deal!!!!.


like i said before some people can not and will not hook a washing machine up never mind taking on a 6 week course in dirty mechanics.

just like i wouldnt be interested in doing an accounting course to do my tax returns:roll:

ive never heard of these 6 week taster courses for free neither can i find a servicing cars for beginners course....do you have links or further info as i know a couple of people who would be interested or was this years ago before all the cutbacks?

casparwhite;8348941

jeez i only asked you a couple of questions, it wasnt such a big … jeez i only asked you a couple of questions, it wasnt such a big deal!!!!.like i said before some people can not and will not hook a washing machine up never mind taking on a 6 week course in dirty mechanics. just like i wouldnt be interested in doing an accounting course to do my tax returns:roll:ive never heard of these 6 week taster courses for free neither can i find a servicing cars for beginners course....do you have links or further info as i know a couple of people who would be interested or was this years ago before all the cutbacks?



Even if it saved you loads of money and was easier than you thought?

It's not a big deal but you still don't believe me :? :thumbsup: :-D

Have PMd you some info, just look for the ones which say PCDL in brackets, they're the free ones :thumbsup:
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