I mentioned on another thread and so did a few others, about Vauxhall Corsa’s. My eldest lad is running a ‘55 plate 1.0 Breeze at the moment. MOT is due in just over a month so needs a look over. Unlike his Dad, regular checks/maintenance is not on his radar, much like his brother TBH. Anyway, he’s down in Flitwick, we’re up in Leeds so not easy to get hands on so he let Halfords do a general check over and Kwickfit check brakes, tyres etc, all ‘free’
Between them, £1050 for the following work,
Two budget tyres on rear
Replace one front spring
Secure one cv boot
Secure One drop link dust cover
Fit new handbrake cables
Apparently all good then for MOT, everything else OK. So, I bought a cv boot, two springs and a full front set of discs pads (as they mentioned they were nearing their limit) for £50!! Two budget tyres from ATS, fitted for £75. Handbrake functions but they said it would be nice to replace the cables ‘for peace of mind’ Also got air/oil filter and new plugs (only three plugs though) I have the oil already. So a ‘service’ done too!
I am driving to Flitwick tomorrow with Mrs B, to collect the car (he’s on holiday all next week), will bring it home, do the work myself, as all the tools etc are at home, get the tyres fitted and hopefully a test too! So I’m also doing the front brakes (callipers fine according to Halfords) which wasn’t in the quotes, neither was the MOT test, or the service, for approximately £200 all in plus a bit of fuel obviously. My point is, adding in the brakes and service parts, potentially over a £1200 in labour! I’m sure non of the new parts would be genuine Vauxhall, so not any better than what I’m fitting?
The car is a banger and he won’t keep it beyond this next year so not worth spending more than necessary on it. TBH, I’m quite looking forward to doing the work!
My years of working on the many 5’s I’ve owned and keeping cars and motorcycles on the road when I was younger (Think 1970’s) is paying off, I also have the time, being retired Hope he buys a decent, newer car next time!