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Until 3 years old, my car has been serviced at a main dealer, mainly to maintain the warranty.

Now, I'm thinking of servicing it myself, my thinking is that I can use my choice of oil, spark plugs, air filter, brake fluid, etc.

Also, my local dealer wants £206 for an oil service!


Another bonus is that my car does not need to be in the hands of a garage for a day.

My question to you good people is - how do you think my 'self-servicing' will affect the trade-in value when the car is, say, 5 years old?
 

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on an older car I would say its fine to do it yourself, but servicing yourself isn't really service history - you can't stamp the book etc.

You can use any vat registered garage (doesn't have to be ford) to maintain your warranty.
 

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We always do our own work on our cars.

I've found that it doesn't make a great deal of difference come trade in time. The money you save by doing your own work more than makes up for the lesser trade in value.

I personally, would rather see a pile of paperwork relating to work done on a car. It tells you a whole lot more than just a stamp in a book.
 

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For the majority of people it will make a difference.
Using a cheaper local garage may be a good compromise and you can always supply your own consumables.
 

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QUOTE(RS2kJane @ 26 Nov 2009, 12:57 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>We always do our own work on our cars.

I've found that it doesn't make a great deal of difference come trade in time. The money you save by doing your own work more than makes up for the lesser trade in value.

I personally, would rather see a pile of paperwork relating to work done on a car. It tells you a whole lot more than just a stamp in a book.

Totaly agree, I have never had any of my cars serviced in garages.

1. I dont trust them
2. It saves you a hell of a lot of money. You could do you're own oil change for £50.
3. Im not sure that when thy get traded in they check the service anyway, Last two places i was at didn't.
 

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Ask around your local area for a local independent that knows what they are doing, I personally dont think it makes a difference about main dealer v independent as long as there is a paper trail proving service history, parts etc.

I think any potential purchaser would be put of if you did those things yourself, but like stated above the differential in paying out for servicing weighed up against a lesser trade in / private sale value may make it worth your while.
 

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id personally not bother with dealers when the cars out of waranty .
i usualy weight the person up selling the car and check for recepts for service items and when they correspond to the service shedule .
haveing re built many many motorcycles"at present restoreing a 1957 bsa goldstar" and a few car engines im pretty clued up and begrudge given a dealer money for a task i can do myself and have never had to take less than list price for doing this myself .
people can see how the car has been looked after,especially when you show them the recepts for service items etc etc and by the cars general appearance ,so in my opinion dont bother its just not worth it ,if you can do the bits you need to do and do them competantly then do them yourself and save yourself a load of money !!
most"not all" of the monkeys that work in dealers i wouldnt trust to change my wheel let alone carry out a good service to my engine etc etc .
in fact i had alocal ford dealer cross thread three,yes three wheel nuts on my currant st !ended up haveing a new wheel and the whole front hub replaced due to the incompetance ,cost them a fair few quid that mistake !!
 

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QUOTE(gmbaxter @ 26 Nov 2009, 12:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>on an older car I would say its fine to do it yourself, but servicing yourself isn't really service history - you can't stamp the book etc.

You can use any vat registered garage (doesn't have to be ford) to maintain your warranty.

 

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I use a local specialist that charges about £120 for an oil service so it isn't worth wasting my time doing it myself.

I also would NEVER buy a car that had no service history unless it was a classic, but anything else up to 10 years old I would want to see a stamped SH. I know it's silly as self servicing is as good as a garage but you have no proof in reality of whether it's been done.

I imagine many buyers would think the same. There are lots of Focus ST for sale so in a buying choice of one with a stamped book and one without you would always go for the FSH car providing both were the same spec/condition.

Summary - not worth it to save a few quid.
 

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QUOTE(Dream Weaver @ 30 Nov 2009, 12:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I use a local specialist that charges about £120 for an oil service so it isn't worth wasting my time doing it myself.

I also would NEVER buy a car that had no service history unless it was a classic, but anything else up to 10 years old I would want to see a stamped SH. I know it's silly as self servicing is as good as a garage but you have no proof in reality of whether it's been done.

I imagine many buyers would think the same. There are lots of Focus ST for sale so in a buying choice of one with a stamped book and one without you would always go for the FSH car providing both were the same spec/condition.

Summary - not worth it to save a few quid.

This is the sort of response, I was expecting/fearing.

I am sure that if I was selling the car privately, the effect of 'self-servicing' on the value of the car would be nil/marginal, as i would be able to present the buyer with a file containing receipts and a record of work, illustrating that the parts/consumables I have used are superior to those used by main dealers, and they have been fitted with more care.

My real concern is that the value would be drastically affected should I part-ex the car.

I'm not trying to save a few quid by doing the servicing myself, just think the car deserves better than Semi-synthetic oil and Ford mechanics, sorry 'Technicians'.
 

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To be honest the vast majority of people do look for a fully stamped book when buying a car.

We do the work on ours because it's so much cheaper as we get all parts at trade. The lack of full history is not a problem for me because I keep my cars for years & years. As an example I owned my
1600i for 19 years & my Mk5
2000 I've owned for 11 years.


By the time I come to sell anything (Which isn't often) a full history is not really an issue. A buyer is more interested in seeing a pile of invoices for any work done.

Not much help am I ?
 

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QUOTE(PATIENTMIKE @ 2 Dec 2009, 01:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>This is the sort of response, I was expecting/fearing.

I am sure that if I was selling the car privately, the effect of 'self-servicing' on the value of the car would be nil/marginal, as i would be able to present the buyer with a file containing receipts and a record of work, illustrating that the parts/consumables I have used are superior to those used by main dealers, and they have been fitted with more care.

My real concern is that the value would be drastically affected should I part-ex the car.

I'm not trying to save a few quid by doing the servicing myself, just think the car deserves better than Semi-synthetic oil and Ford mechanics, sorry 'Technicians'.

I always get the dealer to do the first service about 2 weeks before the car is a year old, that way anything needing done is covered by the warranty. After the first year the warranty is rubbish anyway.

From the second service on I always do it myself using the manufacturers parts and keep all receipts.

I have never lost money on a part exchange for having serviced it myself.

If you are worried about a rubber stamp in a book then buy one, I use my work QA stamp in mine - works like a charm
 
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