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  • ormus
    • #2
    • 22nd Nov 11, 4:40 PM
    • #2
    • 22nd Nov 11, 4:40 PM
    10 yrs at 17 quid per month?
    you must be joking.
    Get some gorm.
  • loopylou0_8
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    • 22nd Nov 11, 4:44 PM
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    • 22nd Nov 11, 4:44 PM
    Ive been quoted over 2k by british gas and other local companies, so didnt think this was too bad a deal? Saves me £20 p/m on b gas cover and get a more economic boiler. Just wondered if anyone had used them. Dont fancy being conned.
    • penrhyn
    • By penrhyn 22nd Nov 11, 4:54 PM
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    penrhyn
    • #4
    • 22nd Nov 11, 4:54 PM
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    • 22nd Nov 11, 4:54 PM
    Never heard of them before, the cash price is around £1789, or Deposit of £ 474 + 120 payments of £17 making £2514 ish.

    http://www.help-link.co.uk/about/latest-offers.php?a=uk
    That gum you like is coming back in style.
    • Ionkontrol
    • By Ionkontrol 22nd Nov 11, 6:54 PM
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    Ionkontrol
    • #5
    • 22nd Nov 11, 6:54 PM
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    • 22nd Nov 11, 6:54 PM
    Hmmm, from their site......

    "Through Help-Link you'll also receive a free 10 year manufacturer's warranty on all natural gas boilers."

    and further down the same page....

    "A Worcester Bosch boiler from Help-Link comes with a 5-year warranty..."

    So which one is it?
  • loopylou0_8
    • #6
    • 22nd Nov 11, 8:22 PM
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    • 22nd Nov 11, 8:22 PM
    thanks -I didnt notice that. Starting to wonder where the catch is...
  • karl-123
    • #7
    • 23rd Nov 11, 9:00 AM
    helplink
    • #7
    • 23rd Nov 11, 9:00 AM
    the guy who advertises it lacks confidence, and looks drunk to me,

    helplink " great name " you are helping me,

    that is really nice of you,

    just another con they will use " sub contractors "

    OF DUBIOUS QUALITY

    karl 25 years site experience
    ex teacher
    shed full of posh qualifications
    get someone good, and local,and fair priced,
    who knows you might get lucky...........
    • macman
    • By macman 23rd Nov 11, 9:50 AM
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    macman
    • #8
    • 23rd Nov 11, 9:50 AM
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    • 23rd Nov 11, 9:50 AM
    You'll still be paying for it when the boiler is long gone...
    BG will typically quote you 40% more than a local independent RGI, so if they are quoting £2K, you should be able to get it for around £1.6K.
    No free lunch, and no free laptop
  • karl-123
    • #9
    • 23rd Nov 11, 9:54 AM
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    • 23rd Nov 11, 9:54 AM
    saying parts are no longer available for your old boiler,
    is not true,
    and showing pictures of a boiler spewing out black smoke,
    is simply, scaremongering,
    carbon monoxide deaths will increase not decrease,in future due to,
    c.o.r.g.i. and now gas safe which is owned by the health and safety executive, ie politicians,
    the courses and registration is expensive,which results in expensive prices for the consumer and
    more cowboys,little hitlers jump on the bandwagon,100 years have gone by and we are still teaching apprentice plumbers how to boss lead corners, hello this is the year 2011, instead of making traing " practical and real "
    the powers that be see this as an opportunity for revenue,
  • bevhousehastings
    I was really interested in this and rang up last night. Basically the deal is:
    £17 a month to pay for 10 years
    A bank loan via Barclays
    9.9% APR, which to be fair isn't bad

    But honestly, ten years of a new loan would be so depressing, if we do need a new boiler soon (which we do to be honest) I think we will save up first if we can to get one. British Gas has quoted us £3,400 as we have some 'pipework' issues but I'm sure we could get this down by using someone local.

    Its the new loan over ten years issue that bothers me here the most I think.
    • macman
    • By macman 23rd Nov 11, 10:18 AM
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    macman
    I was really interested in this and rang up last night. Basically the deal is:
    £17 a month to pay for 10 years
    A bank loan via Barclays
    9.9% APR, which to be fair isn't bad

    But honestly, ten years of a new loan would be so depressing, if we do need a new boiler soon (which we do to be honest) I think we will save up first if we can to get one. British Gas has quoted us £3,400 as we have some 'pipework' issues but I'm sure we could get this down by using someone local.

    Its the new loan over ten years issue that bothers me here the most I think.
    Originally posted by bevhousehastings
    Exactly. 10% APR every year for a decade. Have you worked out how much of the total loan is is therefore interest?. Why not check the cost of a bank loan or personal loan?
    No free lunch, and no free laptop
    • penrhyn
    • By penrhyn 23rd Nov 11, 12:05 PM
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    penrhyn
    Per post #4

    Cash price £1789, or Deposit of £ 474 + 120 payments of £17 making £2514 9.9% APR.

    Total interest charges: £725.
    That gum you like is coming back in style.
    • macman
    • By macman 23rd Nov 11, 12:14 PM
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    macman
    Strange how the deposit of £474 was never mentioned until now!
    So the credit will cost nearly 30% of the total.
    I also suspect that the quoted price is boiler only-what about programmer, TRV's etc?
    No free lunch, and no free laptop
    • penrhyn
    • By penrhyn 23rd Nov 11, 12:53 PM
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    penrhyn
    Its in a tiny font under the do the math stuff.
    That gum you like is coming back in style.
    • macman
    • By macman 23rd Nov 11, 1:11 PM
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    macman
    And who would have spotted that. Grr...
    No free lunch, and no free laptop
    • 27col
    • By 27col 24th Nov 11, 3:07 PM
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    27col
    I did not think that fonts came that small. I had to have real hard look to come up with £474 figure. Talk about making sure you read the small print.
    I wonder why they think that picture of an ageing TV personality would make me more likely to go to them than to go anywhere else.
    I can afford anything that I want.
    Just so long as I don't want much.
    • ic
    • By ic 24th Nov 11, 3:26 PM
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    ic
    it'd be cheaper to take out a bank loan and get a local engineer in.
    * my posts are made in good faith and only represent my own opinion, experience or understanding of a situation.
  • Giraffeman
    What about the warranty?
    I got a quote earlier this week. I didn't know about the ad campaign-found them through an installer search. Advice etc re installation was great BUT as soon as I made it clear I wanted interest free only (they do two year interest free with a maximum deposit) the salesman seemed to lee interest and practically ran out the house. Having had a ridiculous quote from British gas, with one year warranty, and various local installers offering 1-5 year manufacturers warranty, home link 10 year warranty with option to pay without interest over two years seems too good to be true? Where is the catch?
  • ormus
    local installers around here are offering new combis supply and fit for 1500 quid plus vat. (for 2 & 3 bed houses).
    good brands too.
    Get some gorm.
  • esra
    £1600 - I wish!!
    Our system boiler (in the landing cupboard) packed in a few weeks ago, no big issue, it's not massively cold in the sunny south (Hampshire).

    I've had a few quotes; £2,200-3750 and various options - move it to the loft, go combi (nah) etc.. All seem to want to do different things and all seem to 'omit' things.

    Oh yeah, and a load of no-shows, never replied & 2 weeks to send me a quote and can't do it for at least 2 weeks.
    What is it with 'the trade' that they do a great impression of can't be arsed/take it or leave it?).

    So had Help-Link around today and the guy, who was very affable, said they could do it in a week at most: a Worcester Bosch Greenstar 18Ri in the loft, with a sealed system, Powerflush, Magnaclean AND board out the loft AND put in a light AND put in a loft ladder - £2,800.

    Other considerations: 10 year parts & labour, 2 years interest free.

    Compared to the other players, not such a bad deal.

    I do have cash if we want to pay in one lump but I think Martin would approve of placing the lump sum in an interest bearing account for 2 years.

    Anyone got any comments on Help-Link?

    Anyone want to make me a better offer?
    Last edited by esra; 27-04-2012 at 11:14 PM.
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