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    Renault Clio Service

    My wife's car is due for a Service and our local Renault dealer wants to charge us well over £200, which I think is outrageous for a 1.2 Clio!!
    I was thinking of taking it to a garage who states he is a recognised Renault service bloke.....for less than half the price.

    Does anyone know how this sits with regards the service manual, is there any small print which says it must be serviced at a specific Renault Dealer??

    Thanks in advance for any help.....

    41 Comments

    Is it less than three years old and still in warranty ?

    tonyg1962;3799420

    Is it less than three years old and still in warranty ?



    Service isn't covered by warranty

    The only reason it'd have to be serviced by a main dealer is if theres a clause in the warranty, so check that out. Otherwise you're free to take it where ever you want!

    King of Thieves;3799427

    Service isn't covered by warranty



    no but its a good reason to get it dealer serviced... smarty pants ;-)

    You can service a car at any garage you wish. Just make sure you trust that they guy is going to a good job at checking ur car over and he's not just trying to make a bit of quick cash

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    tonyg1962;3799420

    Is it less than three years old and still in warranty ?



    Its a 57 plate....first service

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    chrishill;3799429

    The only reason it'd have to be serviced by a main dealer is if theres a … The only reason it'd have to be serviced by a main dealer is if theres a clause in the warranty, so check that out. Otherwise you're free to take it where ever you want!



    I'll have a read through the warranty!! Thanks for the advice! :thumbsup:

    chrishill;3799433

    no but its a good reason to get it dealer serviced... smarty pants ;-)



    Get it serviced anywhere and they'll list the problems they find (if there are any).
    You can then take your car to the main dealers with the list of problems. Saves burning a whole in your pocket.

    Regards,
    Smarty Pants

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    King of Thieves;3799434

    You can service a car at any garage you wish. Just make sure you trust … You can service a car at any garage you wish. Just make sure you trust that they guy is going to a good job at checking ur car over and he's not just trying to make a bit of quick cash



    Needs to use Renault parts..

    to the OP, you should get MoT and service done at the same time saves money I pay £145 for a 1.4l Golf 1996 with Bosch mechanics.

    jonincov;3799440

    Its a 57 plate....first service



    U dont need to service the car yet. A car doesnt need to be serviced until its 3 years old.
    Although sometimes it is wise not wait that long.

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    lumoruk;3799452

    Needs to use Renault parts



    The garage I spoke with said he only used authentic Renault parts. Sounds like it should be ok

    jonincov;3799440

    Its a 57 plate....first service



    'probably' best to get it dealer serviced then. Personally with a new car I would anyway, full dealer service history always goes in your favour when it comes to selling the car on and I suspect having it serviced by an unrecognised mechanic would invalidate the warranty.

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    King of Thieves;3799465

    U dont need to service the car yet. A car doesnt need to be serviced … U dont need to service the car yet. A car doesnt need to be serviced until its 3 years old.Although sometimes it is wise not wait that long.



    There are lights flashing all over the dash saying "service me"!! Renault insist on Servicing every year, total con i reckon, my wife's ony done 4500 miles :?

    I would stump up the £200 for the first service,It definitly adds value to the car when you come to sell it if it is stamped by the main dealer you bought it from,plus there will be no quibbles if it is found to need warranty work,

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    lumoruk;3799452

    Needs to use Renault parts..to the OP, you should get MoT and service … Needs to use Renault parts..to the OP, you should get MoT and service done at the same time saves money I pay £145 for a 1.4l Golf 1996 with Bosch mechanics.



    It doesn't need MOT yet, I'll bear it in mind when it needs doing...

    jonincov;3799484

    There are lights flashing all over the dash saying "service me"!! Renault … There are lights flashing all over the dash saying "service me"!! Renault insist on Servicing every year, total con i reckon, my wife's ony done 4500 miles :?



    It is good to get it serviced. I had a polo and after a few months it flashed 'service' every single time i started it.
    I had a friend who works at a garage to give it a quick check over and he said it was fine. I waited for another year and a half before I serviced it, it never gave me any probs at all.

    However saying that, I don't want you to not service it and then the car end up failing on you over the next few weeks. :oops:

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    tonyg1962;3799487

    I would stump up the £200 for the first service,It definitly adds value … I would stump up the £200 for the first service,It definitly adds value to the car when you come to sell it if it is stamped by the main dealer you bought it from,plus there will be no quibbles if it is found to need warranty work,



    The warranty work is the key here it sounds....if I took it to another garage and then needed warranty work i'd only end up having to pay twice anyway, when i sheepishly take it to Reanult!

    Thanks for the advice :thumbsup:

    My wifes 54 reg Astra is going for a service tomorrow and a local unfranchised garage wants 3 quid more then the franchised dealer, work that one out.

    jonincov;3799484

    There are lights flashing all over the dash saying "service me"!! Renault … There are lights flashing all over the dash saying "service me"!! Renault insist on Servicing every year, total con i reckon, my wife's ony done 4500 miles :?



    I've always seen that first service as a once-over to make sure everything is how it should be with the car once its a year old. An ex of mine (years back!) had a Ka which needed a whole new exhaust and two new suspension dampers by the first service which were of course, covered by warranty.

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    King of Thieves;3799513

    It is good to get it serviced. I had a polo and after a few months it … It is good to get it serviced. I had a polo and after a few months it flashed 'service' every single time i started it.I had a friend who works at a garage to give it a quick check over and he said it was fine. I waited for another year and a half before I serviced it, it never gave me any probs at all.However saying that, I don't want you to not service it and then the car end up failing on you over the next few weeks. :oops:



    I wouldn't normally be too bothered, but it'll be my wife and new baby in the car, which obviously complicates the situation.

    I think i'll just bite the bullet and take it to the main dealer...

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    Broxy;3799524

    My wifes 54 reg Astra is going for a service tomorrow and a local … My wifes 54 reg Astra is going for a service tomorrow and a local unfranchised garage wants 3 quid more then the franchised dealer, work that one out.



    Can I ask how much that will cost you??

    jonincov;3799554

    Can I ask how much that will cost you??



    £275 + £53 for and MOT.

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    Broxy;3799628

    £275 + £53 for and MOT.



    Wow sounds like such a lot, not even sure what they're supposed to do....

    jonincov;3799644

    Wow sounds like such a lot, not even sure what they're supposed to do....



    Plus they wanted £200 odd to change the cambelt but can't afford that just yet, gonna have to wait a few months for that work to be done.:whistling:

    Most of the new cars i have had state that the first service must be done at the main dealer, all further services can be done anywhere else. As long as they are kept up to date and your service record is kept stamped your warranty is still valid if you fail do this then this voids your warranty.

    So i always get the first one done there and then have my local garage do the others as he is nearly half the price, but well reliable.
    Hope this helps

    Look on the Renault website for dealers that do servicing and call them all up within 50 miles of you.

    I did that with my Megane, and found that one which was only 5 miles further than the one I bought the car from (but in the opposite direction). Turned out to be £90 cheaper than the other one :thumbsup:

    We have a 2003 clio 1.2 which Renault say has to be serviced every 2 years. Like others have suggested here we had it serviced by Renault during the first 3 years to keep the warranty valid and we were charged something similar to you for the first service which is basically just an oil change and check over. Now it's 5 years old I get serviced by a non dealer company I trust and have just paid £195 plus VAT for a major service. I reckon Renault would be near double that. Also had a cambelt change at the same time which came to £200 plus vat. Hope that helps.

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    pants2000;3799798

    Most of the new cars i have had state that the first service must be done … Most of the new cars i have had state that the first service must be done at the main dealer, all further services can be done anywhere else. As long as they are kept up to date and your service record is kept stamped your warranty is still valid if you fail do this then this voids your warranty.So i always get the first one done there and then have my local garage do the others as he is nearly half the price, but well reliable.Hope this helps



    I've just been discussing this with my wife and we've arrived at the same conclusion.....first one at the official dealers in case there's any manufacturing defects. Plus I've eventually found my warrants which sort of says the same thing. I wouldn't want to give the swines an excuse to invalidate the warranty if somethig ever did go wrong!!

    Thank you all for your kind advice, its been really helpful....:thumbsup:

    King of Thieves;3799465

    U dont need to service the car yet. A car doesnt need to be serviced … U dont need to service the car yet. A car doesnt need to be serviced until its 3 years old.Although sometimes it is wise not wait that long.



    What the hell are you on about? It doesn't need an MOT for 3 years not a service:roll:

    Shengis;3799849

    What the hell are you on about? It doesn't need an MOT for 3 years not a … What the hell are you on about? It doesn't need an MOT for 3 years not a service:roll:



    lol. I meant to say I didnt service my car for 3 years

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    IndianaBlues;3799820

    Look on the Renault website for dealers that do servicing and call them … Look on the Renault website for dealers that do servicing and call them all up within 50 miles of you. I did that with my Megane, and found that one which was only 5 miles further than the one I bought the car from (but in the opposite direction). Turned out to be £90 cheaper than the other one :thumbsup:



    Absolute genius mate, I've just made a couple of calls, now taking it to a different dealer, no further away but in a different direction....saving me over £60. Thanks very much for your advice, rep left and well deserved!! :santa:

    King of Thieves;3799942

    lol. I meant to say I didnt service my car for 3 years



    A have to say, when I read your comment I was quite literally shocked. Quite an uncommon occurrence for me :lol:

    jonincov;3799974

    Absolute genius mate, I've just made a couple of calls, now taking it to … Absolute genius mate, I've just made a couple of calls, now taking it to a different dealer, no further away but in a different direction....saving me over £60. Thanks very much for your advice, rep left and well deserved!! :santa:



    Thats what I did with mine last month, also a 57reg needing its first service. I rang the 5 dealers closest to me and the cheapest one by far was quite along way to drive so I rang back my local dealer and they said they would match it straight away. Saved myself about £100 for a couple of phone calls.

    Just shows some people who take there cars in and just pay whats being asked get completely ripped off.

    I have a renault too - and I have been advised that the service is every 2 years unless I do a certain mileage - then it is sooner. As I don't travel that far - it's every 2 years for me.

    This is crazy, so many weird and wonderful answers here.

    The EU block exemption means that you are free to take your car to any VAT registered garage as long as OEM specification items are used for the service (which at this stage just means reasonable quality oil, oil filter, fuel filter (if applicable) and air filter). There may be a few other items. The autodata (or similar) system will tell any decent indepedent exactly how to do a "manufacturer standard" service. This will ensure that the warranty is kept intact. It is possible that Renault may question it if a major warranty item is having to be replaced (major engine damage - was the correct oil used?) but this is just a formality if you used a reasonable garage.

    You will find that the service should cost you in the region of £110-150 at a decent independent, then it is down to you whether or not you feel that a full main dealer service history is of any value to you. To me it is not; but then I use a very good specialist.

    Butterflies; what car is it that you have? It is more than possible that the 2 year servicing is a bit of red herring and actually the car would benefit massively by a 1 year/12k service, whichever comes first.

    Hi, I don't know - I've been told this twice this year by the same garage.

    In fact I have the car going in to be checked on Monday, I have asked for a service, but they said it isn't due! I guess I should discuss this more with my hubby - we've never had a car gone more than a year without a service before!

    I think reading back there was another Renault driver who also said their car is serviced every 2 years, or 'X' miles whatever is sooner.

    Butterflies;3803141

    Hi, I don't know - I've been told this twice this year by the same … Hi, I don't know - I've been told this twice this year by the same garage. In fact I have the car going in to be checked on Monday, I have asked for a service, but they said it isn't due! I guess I should discuss this more with my hubby - we've never had a car gone more than a year without a service before!I think reading back there was another Renault driver who also said their car is serviced every 2 years, or 'X' miles whatever is sooner.



    Again though, what car is it?

    i have an 06 clio, first service was at the renault dealer at a cost of £295......for an oil change and bob all else, oh yea.....they washed it :roll: Subsequent service was at a reputable local garage that used genuine Renault parts and cost of a mere £110........I know where the next sevice is going to be! :-D

    pghstochaj;3806169

    Again though, what car is it?



    Sorry!:oops:

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