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Ripped Off or reasonable repair charges.

Posted by cornish pasty-394426 - Created: 3 years ago
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Posted by stevehimsworth - 3 years ago

however although all dash lights and controls did not function the headlights did! 

Ian, i agree with you proper diagnosis needed, but also smacks a bit of perhaps a bad earth somewhere, you know the scenario the headlights will come on dimly and try to draw an earth through the bulbs when other systems are trying to work, the OP could have a major earth cankered up with verdigree/corrosion.

Its the simple things that can be overlooked.

Steve H (retired mechanic)

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Posted by Reveuse-918439 - 3 years ago

As countrydweller says. It sounds like well-meant advice, he doesn't want to see you waste your money when you can't afford to. Throwing money at an old car to keep it struggling on when it's ready to die can end up costing more than cutting your losses and replacing it with one with some life left in it. On the other hand it's good business for garages if you keep getting it repaired, so if he was into ripping people off he wouldn't have made the suggestion. 

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Posted by countrydweller - 3 years ago

You do not say how old your car is but perhaps the garage was trying to gently tell you that your ar is probably going to need a lot of expensive work in the not too distant future

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Posted by Lumbersexual-992851 - 3 years ago

Labour rates may be 40euros in St Martin des Pres but building land is 7euros m2 and work of all manner thin on the ground.

 Around 50euros plus vat is more common in my experience.

  I use a Renault garage in Sens de Bretagne to fit internet parts on the understanding that the parts are not guarranteed.

 Very happy with these guys.

Jack

 

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Posted by Iguana Rock - 3 years ago

Interesting post. When we arrived we had a Land Rover - we now have a Citroen. It really was a no-brainer as it soon became apparent that to find a garage with good knowledge of Land Rover would be virtually impossible (we live near Roscoff), and the prices would be mind-blowingly high. And I have to say we are very pleased with it and with the local Citroen garage.

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Posted by Huey-407259 - 3 years ago

Forgot to say, If you are insured with a French Co., most include breakdown cover.

I did not relise that when I contacted my local garage, but given his charges and service I do not feel I missed anything.

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Posted by Huey-407259 - 3 years ago

We have an excellent local garage, (part of the TopGarage group)

Labour charges less than €40hr HT

Is happy to fit parts you supply (obtained new from UK, would not bother with s/h unless desperate!)

Mine is a Honda and had an Alternator go.  Including sending it to a specialist to see if it could be repaired, callout, courtesy car, labour,  and new parts (incl battery)  €650,  

Look around for a TG.  Mine is in St. Martin des Pres.

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Posted by countrydweller - 3 years ago

1.Get breakdown insurance that avoids expensive call out fees

2.I agree with Reveuse the battery going flat was a reasonable diagnosis given its age

3.An alternator is not cheap over here neither is garage labour

Perhaps you could try some of the chains such as Feu Vert Speedy etc to see if they are cheaper

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Posted by rance-781573 - 3 years ago

car22,whilst agreeing wih your pricing, I know a few garages that will fit parts not supplied by the garage.OK, no guarantee would normally be offered by the garage and that is only fair but the savings are rather large.

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Posted by kelly2001 - 3 years ago

" however although all dash lights and controls did not function the headlights did! "

 

I would be more inclined to wonder why your headlights were working if there was not enough power for the dashboard !

It could also be the dashcluster at fault or a power supply/wiring fault

 

proper diagnosis is needed

 

Ian T