I became aware that the Nissan garage in Mullingar was pulling a fast one with me when I got a service on my Micra a few years back. They told me that this huge part needed replacing and the quote was well outside my price range. If I could have afforded it, I wouldn't have questioned it. Sort of glad I did.
In my desperation to ensure my car wouldn't explode on me, I decided to see if I could source the part myself, even a used part. In my efforts, I met an honest mechanic (yup, they exist) who had a look at my car (in a car park) and told me it wouldn't need that whole part at all. It only needed some seals. I have brought the car to him ever since. That was at least 4 years ago and the car hasn't exploded on me yet and I have never replaced that part.
My wife still goes to the dealership. She drives a lot for work, has her car serviced twice annually and has a nice car, so she wants to keep up a service history on it, for resale value, I think. My car is 13 years old (with only 100k kms on the clock) and when I drive to work it takes 8 minutes. Our needs are different.
|First Nissan Quote May 2011|
We got that quote yesterday. It took 5 weeks for the re-quote to be sent to us.
The first quote was for €1200 (and this is the amount we have from the insurance company)
The quote we got yesterday was for €3300
|Second Nissan Quote August 2011 (there has been no further damage)|
|Quote from Toyota Dealership August 2011|