Opinions on DIY/Garage servicing for the sake of service book?

Discussion in 'Clio General Chat' started by Barney626, Apr 8, 2018.

  1. Barney626

    Barney626 Winner - POTM December 2017

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    Clio 197 - Nimbus
    So the car is bitching at me to service it.

    I'm more than capable of changing the oils etc and have done it before. But would it be worth paying a garage to do it for the sake of getting a stamp in the service book?

    Planning on keeping the car for another few years so not really expecting to sell it for much anyway, hence leaning towards doing it myself.
     

  2. Micah

    Micah Clumsy McButterfingers Moderator

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    Clio 220 Trophy
    All depends how much you think it will be worth in the future. If it's a 197 then chances are it won't be a massive issue (no offence!) - just documented with receipts will show it's been cared for and maintained at the right intervals.
    Have to think of the difference in price against one with FSH and without - the money saved will likely offset the loss in the price to sell if you service it yourself.
     
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  3. Benno

    Benno Gold Member

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    UR 197
    Agree with Micah. I'm not too bothered about having stamps in the service book, just make a note of mileages and write it in the service book yourself so it's there.
     
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  4. Foxspeed

    Foxspeed "the new red baron" Moderator

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    keep receipts & fill out service book with mileage etc be fine i do this for my c1
     
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  5. link

    link Gold Member

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    Clio 197 RB
    Tbh unless a car is pretty unique or new (under warranty etc.) FSH doesn't mean a lot, in my experience specialists are good, dealers are a bit mehhh, and if you do it yourself just keep a history of reciepts etc.

    I get a proper service done once a year and interim oil changes and that myself...
     
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  6. LOCKE

    LOCKE Paid Member

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    Location:
    Glasgow
    Car:
    RB 182 Cup/LY 197 R27
    I do all my own work myself. I only buy OEM parts and keep all receipts. I personally would buy a car with loads of DIY receipts using genuine parts than a car with a vague dealer service history. Basic servicing is easy enough to do yourself. Coming from a biker background this is the norm.
     
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  7. Pav

    Pav Moderator

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    albi blue 197 with boost
    same here..or you can ask your mechanic to stamp it for you once you have done the work yourself...
     
  8. NickD

    NickD Gold Member

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    Car:
    Lots
    Do what any back street boy will do. Get a rubber stamp ordered that says "The Garage", "Hightown Service Centre" or "Billy's Brakes" or even "Renault Service Croydon", whatever and fill your own service record in.
    If you do it properly, to the service schedule requirements then "Barney626 Service" is as good as the minimum wage 18 year old at the main dealer.
    If you are looking at a £200k classic then the right stamps from the right specialists matter and would be checked. A £3k 10 year old one does not.
     
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  9. kevlar

    kevlar Gold Member

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    I would be happier with seeing a stamp in the book and an invoice from a specialist personally and not a main dealer.

    In my personal opinion the self service thing as a buyer you are taking a massive leap of faith that the works actually been done and its actually been done correctly, but that's my personal opinion.
     

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