Major car service

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Posted 23rd May
So, im up for a major car service as in a 4th year service, my car is a 2015 Hyundai i20, ive been looking at places to do it, and seems that the dealerships tells me it costs about 360£ which it seems quite a bit, ive looked other places and it seems that halfords atm has a good offer with a major service and MOT for 244£, my question does halfords do a good job, any experiences with services there, i know that it may vary from location to location, im based in Redditch if anyone knows the one there TIA.
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I go to Halfords for air fresheners and screen wash, I wouldn't go anywhere near them for anything else. Same with Kwik Fit. Personally I'm waiting until the independents start opening again.
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Have you been to an independent garage for a quote? Seems quite high for a small car.
joxeruk200023/05/2020 18:20

Have you been to an independent garage for a quote? Seems quite high for a …Have you been to an independent garage for a quote? Seems quite high for a small car.



no i havent because most aren`t open, it is a 4th year service so it implies that most of the filters to be changed and brake fluid and other stuff
Yes if its a major on 4 -5 years , it might need the spark plugs changing as well as all filters .
My Vauxhall garage wanted £490 for major , with spark plugs changing .
My local garage did the same job with genuine GM parts for £350 . That was with all new filters , oil , break fluid , spark plugs ect .
I go to Halfords for air fresheners and screen wash, I wouldn't go anywhere near them for anything else. Same with Kwik Fit. Personally I'm waiting until the independents start opening again.
While you can get your car serviced at any vat registered garage as long as they use oem parts, you will lose any goodwill from the dealer / manufacturer if something goes wrong. You would also have to prove it was serviced to their requirements. I believe Hyundai require a yearly inspection for any bodywork claims. To me it’s not worth the risk - my dad has a Hyundai and found a massive difference in dealer quotes for service.
I believe kia use the same/similar service specs as hyundai, we used an Independent garage but they know to only use kia approved oils parts etc... This keeps the warranty fine (make sure book is stamped after service)
And we pay about £160 and that includes the mot
I only pay that much for a major service on my E Class at a Merc independent specialist!

Find a local independent garage and stay away from the main stealers.

As long as they use genuine parts your warranty won't be affected.

Ask around and get a recommendation of a good trusted local garage, word of mouth recommendations are key when trying to find a good local garage.
if you use outside the Hyundai network they need to use Hyundai parts and correct oil, it also has to be a vat registered garage and all Hyundai part numbers and correct grade oil needs to be on the vat receipt , a stamp on its own from a independent garage is worthless

4th service will be a major service as i have a Kia and will be similar schedule i presume , will also include brake fluid change factor that in with Halfords or elsewhere , the main dealer will also do any recall work and update the ecu as well as anti perforation warranty checksomething a independent won’t do.

it’s also worth looking on a hyundai website as often cheaper and ringing other main dealers
Edited by: "deanos" 23rd May
deanos23/05/2020 21:12

if you use outside the Hyundai network they need to use Hyundai parts and …if you use outside the Hyundai network they need to use Hyundai parts and correct oil, it also has to be a vat registered garage and all Hyundai part numbers and correct grade oil needs to be on the vat receipt , a stamp on its own from a independent garage is worthless4th service will be a major service as i have a Kia and will be similar schedule i presume , will also include brake fluid change factor that in with Halfords or elsewhere , the main dealer will also do any recall work and update the ecu as well as anti perforation warranty checksomething a independent won’t do.it’s also worth looking on a hyundai website as often cheaper and ringing other main dealers


This. Try playing one dealer off against another. Might not work as well in todays climate if a dealership is struggling with demand due to people being in lockdown for 2 month and a lack of mechanics. For a 4 year old car still in warranty I'd keep it within the dealer network, esp as you'll probably only save £100 shopping around
My advice, is try looking for a garage that mainly deals in tyres and basic things like disc and pads obviously as well as servicing they will be a better price that bigger garages who deal with everything.

Ask of your local Facebook pages for recommendations as well, but £350 is a decent price for a full service though, and as mentioned the £100 for a decent dealership to do it is worth the £100.

Doing it yourself out of the question? Or a family member or friend to help you?

I do my own service every 12 months, full change of Oil, Oil Filter, Fuel Filter, Cabin & Air Filters, also give my brake discs a wire brush if they look a bit rusty, takes me half a day, most of that is waiting for the oil to flush though. All I own is a couple of ramps. costs me £60-£80 to do it depending on if I can get oil cheap or not.
Edited by: "MrSprkle" 24th May
To be honest, there is no easy answer. Garages can be good or bad. You can’t assume every main dealer is good, in the same way you can’t assume every kwikfit or Halfords is bad. I’ve had good and bad experiences from both.
Franchise dealers will be more used to your specific vehicle than other garages that do all brands. They will also have the most up to date software etc. That of course doesn’t mean the mechanics are any good.
You could go to Halfords and they do the same job for less, you win. They might also totally muck it up and you loose, the same goes for any garage.
If I were you, I’d look at what’s involved in the major service - does the franchise do any more work than Halfords? Is it worth the extra money?
Best way I’ve found with garages is you find one you trust and you stick with it. If you haven’t got one, ask everyone you know locally and see where they go and what their experiences have been. Your car is probably the second biggest single investment you make in your life and if they go wrong they are just a money pit.
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