mrFlibble
Ghostbuster
Location: York, UK
Member Since: 1st Mar 2003
Total posts: 455
Posted:so i took my car to a garage yesterday for a service and to have a few repairs. total comes to 240pounds. i pick it up yesterday and they knew i was taking it for an MOT today and they said they couldn't see anything else wrong with it.

This morning it failed its MOT and needs about 680pounds of repairs to pass. I think the garage yesterday ripped me off frown

anyways it makes no sense to repair it coz of its age and mileage, so i need a new car now and quickly too.

soon i'll have no money left at all. i wonder what else is going to happen to depress me even more frown frown


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Skulduggery
Skulduggery

Pirate Pixie Crew Captain
Location: Wales
Member Since: 12th Aug 2004
Total posts: 8428
Posted:Go back to yesterdays Garage and demand an explanation and your money back! That's appalling! If they refuse, start talking very very loudly about having to go to trading standards. Make sure there are many customers around when you do this. Also imply you have a relative that works for the local press. That helps sometimes too.

Good luck at getting your cash back!


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mrFlibble
Ghostbuster
Location: York, UK
Member Since: 1st Mar 2003
Total posts: 455
Posted:i think i'd be wasting my time to be honest

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TheSilverShadow
TheSilverShadow

Uncle Chop Chop
Location: Time is the Fire in which we b...
Member Since: 1st Aug 2003
Total posts: 213
Posted:Written by:
i think i'd be wasting my time to be honest



i dont know usually when u start shouting bout trading standards they usually tend to help u with ur enquiries


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mrFlibble
Ghostbuster
Location: York, UK
Member Since: 1st Mar 2003
Total posts: 455
Posted:i'm just going to learn my lesson and get MOTs done before any repair work, that way i wont be wasting my money when getting a new car would be cheaper.

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Pyrolific
Returning to a unique state of Equilibrium
Location: Adelaide, South Australia
Member Since: 10th Jan 2001
Total posts: 3288
Posted:If you clearly stated that you wanted the garage to repair your car to MOT standard, then I think you have a decent argument to *at least* get them to do a lot of the rest of the work at bargain basement prices.

BTW, if you are low on cash and the situation doesnt seem like its going to change soon, I can recommend getting a car thats easy to work on, with heaps of parts, and just start learning how to do things yourself. A service is about the easiest thing to do on many cars, and saves you a lot of cash.

Josh


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mrFlibble
Ghostbuster
Location: York, UK
Member Since: 1st Mar 2003
Total posts: 455
Posted:yeah someone said i should learn how to service a car myself smile
im considering getting a cheap runaround which there are loads of parts easily available for and has already gone through an MOT smile


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Mistress Aurora
Mistress Aurora

Hot Schtuff
Location: Stillwater,OK/Wichita Falls,TX
Member Since: 19th Jan 2003
Total posts: 1032
Posted:Do you have reciepts to show what all the garage had done or supposedly done on your car?

And yes if you start talking very loudly around other customers about how your car still isn't working after getting it serviced, you will get somebody to try and help you out wink

Go to another garage and get their oppinion. Take them the reciept if you still have it and ask another mechanic at another garage what their thought is on your situation.

Something I learned is whenever you are supposed to have ANY part replaced or worked on to mark it in an unconspicuous(sp) spot. That way you can see if the part was actually replaced or not. Another thing I like to do that most people don't think of, and some mechanics hate, is to watch them work on your car and to pay attention to what they are taking out and putting in your car.

Good luck and hope all works out well for you hug



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mrFlibble
Ghostbuster
Location: York, UK
Member Since: 1st Mar 2003
Total posts: 455
Posted:smile
im in the process of looknig for another car now. and i havea a friend who works in a garage and will take my next car there for any work that needs doing. should save a fair bit that way.


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Dunc
Dunc

playing the days away
Location: The Middle lands
Member Since: 19th Aug 2003
Total posts: 7263
Posted:I know its probably pointless flib but it really is true that if you never ask you never get. At least shouting at them will make you feel better even if no good comes of it! smile

Let's relight this forum ubblove

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Huff
Huff

stranger
Location: London, UK
Member Since: 18th Jun 2004
Total posts: 18
Posted:Get yourself a Haynes manual, When working on the mini, it is a bible! A lot of the checks can be done by yourself with regard to pre-mot checks. Very soon the mini is going off the road for some major work, (including a repaint) and I don't expect to spend too much money on labour. Most of the mechanics either I can do myself or my mate can help me. But the haynes manuals can get you out of trouble most times.
Don't leave home without it :-D


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weeleigh
weeleigh

look a rainbow!
Location: Waterford, CT
Member Since: 14th Dec 2002
Total posts: 237
Posted:Yeah... or date someone who's sister is dating a mechanic...works pretty well too.

*checks out the window*

Although my poor car still needs a new radiator. Ok, so maybe if you do it yourself it gets done sooner....but my way is just as cheap wink


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fee fairy
fee fairy

newbie
Location: Nr London, UK
Member Since: 17th Jun 2004
Total posts: 34
Posted:aww, poor you!

i advocate the shouting at them approach, that way you might at least be able to get some discount, or even a full refund

its worth a try...

Fee
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mrFlibble
Ghostbuster
Location: York, UK
Member Since: 1st Mar 2003
Total posts: 455
Posted:im not the sort of person who would go back to a garage and shout at them. my dad is, but im not. i'd rather just never go there again smile

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