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When my cars due for the next service it will be 4 years old, do you think it will be worth sticking to a main dealer, or using a reputable local garage?

Bearing in mind the car has a full ford history so far, and with it being the kind of car that it is, it might hold some value in the future having a main dealer history?

Also will ford still tweak bits like if they have a TSB to do altho its over 3 years old?

The only think i thought was it mite be better going to a ford dealer as they prob wont batter an eyelid at an orange ST coming in the workshop for a service as they probably do them everyday, but if i was to go to a local one where they dont go in very often the aprentice will rag it round the block?
 

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QUOTE(Glenster @ 11 Dec 2009, 09:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>When my cars due for the next service it will be 4 years old, do you think it will be worth sticking to a main dealer, or using a reputable local garage?

Bearing in mind the car has a full ford history so far, and with it being the kind of car that it is, it might hold some value in the future having a main dealer history?

Also will ford still tweak bits like if they have a TSB to do altho its over 3 years old?

The only think i thought was it mite be better going to a ford dealer as they prob wont batter an eyelid at an orange ST coming in the workshop for a service as they probably do them everyday, but if i was to go to a local one where they dont go in very often the aprentice will rag it round the block?


I phoned around the Ford garages for my 2nd year service. My local dealer wanted about £250 with a brake fluid change... After phoning around I found another Ford garage who did it for £125 plus VAT so I saved over £100!

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Hi, definately go to ford to get it done. It'll be worth it when you come to sell it like you say. Long story short my mate who drives an evo9 mr fq360 took his car to a main dealer for a service, now my mate lee always writes what the milage is when he drops any of his cars for a service. I thought this was highly 'anel' till the one time he picked up the beloved evo it turned out that it had done 36 miles. Yep 36.
On a service. Dealer was in sunderland. Anyway lets just say he sorted it. I now always write the milage down
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I'd never take my ST to Ford for a service. I use our local ex Ford RS specialist who is not only cheaper but takes a lot more care with the car.

Providing the car is serviced properly with Ford bits it shouldn't affect resale value.
 

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QUOTE(Dream Weaver @ 11 Dec 2009, 10:20 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I'd never take my ST to Ford for a service. I use our local ex Ford RS specialist who is not only cheaper but takes a lot more care with the car.

Providing the car is serviced properly with Ford bits it shouldn't affect resale value.

+1 for that

As soon as the service require more than an oil change and kick the tyres, local specialist not Ford!
 

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QUOTE(STIOM @ 11 Dec 2009, 10:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hi, definitely go to Ford to get it done. It'll be worth it when you come to sell it like you say. Long story short my mate who drives an Evo 9 MR FQ360 took his car to a main dealer for a service, now my mate Lee always writes what the milage is when he drops any of his cars for a service. I thought this was highly ':censored:' till the one time he picked up the beloved Evo it turned out that it had done 36 miles. Yep 36.
On a service. Dealer was in Sunderland. Anyway lets just say he sorted it. I now always write the milage down
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You've just contradicted yourself... Take it to a main dealer yet your mate had his car taken on an extended test drive by the main dealer... I'm not too bothered if someone added 36, yep 36 miles to my car come service. I'll be getting something for free out of them, like the service.

Why definitely take it to Ford? A different stamp made no difference to my car come trade in, FSH was good enough for them. Only benefit of using a franchised dealer in my opinion is if they're cheap enough and there is a courtesy car available.
 

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Better to use a specialist garage or a local garage with a good rep, as long as they use genuine Ford approved parts thats all that matters, and also if the car is modded the warrenty is void so its pointless using Ford for this reason alone.
 

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QUOTE(Mark83 @ 12 Dec 2009, 12:25 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>You've just contradicted yourself... Take it to a main dealer yet your mate had his car taken on an extended test drive by the main dealer... I'm not too bothered if someone added 36, yep 36 miles to my car come service. I'll be getting something for free out of them, like the service.

Why definitely take it to Ford? A different stamp made no difference to my car come trade in, FSH was good enough for them. Only benefit of using a franchised dealer in my opinion is if they're cheap enough and there is a courtesy car available.

Well spotted big pants!
We have different guidlines over here. No matter if you take it to ford or a local garage everything is so expensive here it's near enough the same price. Even fuel is £1.20.
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QUOTE(Dream Weaver @ 11 Dec 2009, 11:20 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I'd never take my ST to Ford for a service. I use our local ex Ford RS specialist who is not only cheaper but takes a lot more care with the car.

Providing the car is serviced properly with Ford bits it shouldn't affect resale value.

Same as that i take mine to Torque of the devil, cheaper than Ford and also a one to one basis very friendly bunch, as said get the service book stamped and use genuine Ford parts no problem.
 

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QUOTE(STIOM @ 12 Dec 2009, 07:47 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Well spotted big pants!
We have different guidlines over here. No matter if you take it to ford or a local garage everything is so expensive here it's near enough the same price. Even fuel is £1.20.
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My heart bleeds for you that you live on an island where there is no corporation tax, capital gains tax, inheritance tax etc. yet you moan about £1.20 a litre.
 

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QUOTE(Mark83 @ 12 Dec 2009, 11:07 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>My heart bleeds for you that you live on an island where there is no corporation tax, capital gains tax, inheritance tax etc. yet you moan about £1.20 a litre.

Or council tax, and only 10 per cent tax on our business, if you need a loan you'll also get tax relief on that. So i know what you'r saying.
Isle Of Man=sunny days=no speed limits=happy times.
 

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Why pay nearly £100/hour for some YTS guy who knows less about the car than me, change the oil, have a quick look at the bottom of the car (not at anything particular just a look) check the tread depth and put some washer fluid in (without checking the dilution). Oh but you do get a complimentary scratch on yoour car when they chuck a bucket of mucky water over it (wash it)

Specialist every time and if not, a decent independant garage for the standard oil change etc.

My lotus only does about 1500 miles a year now but this includes 300 miles going to the specialist for its anual service, thankfully I only have to travel 40 miles each way for the ST specialist
 

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QUOTE(STIOM @ 12 Dec 2009, 07:30 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Or council tax, and only 10 per cent tax on our business, if you need a loan you'll also get tax relief on that. So i know what you'r saying.
Isle Of Man=sunny days=no speed limits=happy times.

Every time I have been there its been raining, one of my clients that is just coming to the end of his sentence of exile in order to avoid a large UK tax bill, says it has been the most horrendous 4 years of his life living there, despite a garage full of super cars and a small arsenal of guns to play with. lol
 

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QUOTE(Si @ 13 Dec 2009, 01:13 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Every time I have been there its been raining, one of my clients that is just coming to the end of his sentence of exile in order to avoid a large UK tax bill, says it has been the most horrendous 4 years of his life living there, despite a garage full of super cars and a small arsenal of guns to play with. lol

You'r not far wrong r kid it rains all the time! I've been here for 5 years now and i think it's a lovely place to live if you can leave, 'if that makes sense' When it is sunny 2 weeks of the year perfect. Best part, no car theft, low crime, and lots of work.
 
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