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    • shonsay
    • By shonsay 6th Mar 18, 1:50 PM
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    Quote for coil spring reasonable?
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    • 6th Mar 18, 1:50 PM
    Quote for coil spring reasonable? 6th Mar 18 at 1:50 PM
    Hi all,

    I have a 2009 Renault Megane coupe.

    After getting all 4 tyres replaced today at Halfords, I was informed that the offside front coil spring has snapped and requires urgent repair. The quote for doing the work is as follows:

    - Renew front right coil spring - 140.40
    - Renew front right stabiliser link - 57.39
    - Front wheel alignment - 35

    So total of 233 for the work. I though it seemed expensive however I wondered if a mechanic or someone in the know could tell me if it's reasonable please!

    Thanks in advance!
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    • GunJack
    • By GunJack 6th Mar 18, 2:29 PM
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    Spring done around 80-90, but obviously depends where you are...but I'd get a second opinion from a local independant garage and wouldn't trust halfords
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    • tacpot12
    • By tacpot12 6th Mar 18, 2:33 PM
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    • 6th Mar 18, 2:33 PM
    I'd agree with the suggestion to get a second opinion from a local garage. It's not an emergency repair, so take your time to find a good price to get the work done.
    • EdGasketTheSecond
    • By EdGasketTheSecond 6th Mar 18, 2:44 PM
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    • 6th Mar 18, 2:44 PM
    If it had snapped in any meaningful way then you would know about it. If the car feels ok then it probably has not snapped.
    • arcon5
    • By arcon5 6th Mar 18, 2:44 PM
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    • 6th Mar 18, 2:44 PM
    Not far off i suppose. The drop link is only two nuts, one of which has to be removed as part of the spring job anyway.

    Both parts are probably about 60 quid. Couple hours labour 100
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    • shonsay
    • By shonsay 6th Mar 18, 2:49 PM
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    • 6th Mar 18, 2:49 PM
    If it had snapped in any meaningful way then you would know about it. If the car feels ok then it probably has not snapped.
    Originally posted by EdGasketTheSecond
    The member of staff showed me a bit of a somewhat rusty snapped coil...I guess that could have come from anywhere right enough! I can't hear or see any signs of damage. Think it sounds like it's definitely worth getting a second opinion anyway. Thanks
    • fatrab
    • By fatrab 6th Mar 18, 2:59 PM
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    The price probably isn't far off to be fair but I wouldn't let Halfrauds change a wiper blade on my car, definitely go to a local recommended independent garage.
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    • shonsay
    • By shonsay 7th Mar 18, 1:33 PM
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    • 7th Mar 18, 1:33 PM
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    • 7th Mar 18, 1:33 PM
    Just an update for anyone who's interested. And also so I can name and shame Halfords.

    The car was fixed promptly this morning at a local garage costing me 99.96! All that was needed was a new spring and an hours labour.

    Shame on you Halfords!!!!
    • fatrab
    • By fatrab 7th Mar 18, 5:00 PM
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    • 7th Mar 18, 5:00 PM
    That's why they're known as Halfrauds to anyone in the trade!


    Most (not all) fast fit centres are the same, Kik Fwit and Halfrauds have a particularly bad reputation for advising work that may, shall we say, not be exactly necessary!


    Glad you got it fixed
    Last edited by fatrab; 07-03-2018 at 5:21 PM.
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    • IanMSpencer
    • By IanMSpencer 7th Mar 18, 5:16 PM
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    If it had snapped in any meaningful way then you would know about it. If the car feels ok then it probably has not snapped.
    Originally posted by EdGasketTheSecond
    I'm not so sure on that. Had coil springs snap on my 1999 Merc several times and the only thing I thought was that my exhaust must be a bit loose as it clonked over speed bumps. I think that they tended to break in the mounting so were still located and essentially still worked, and after they were fixed I wasn't aware of any significant difference in handing.
    • EdGasketTheSecond
    • By EdGasketTheSecond 7th Mar 18, 8:18 PM
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    That's why they're known as Halfrauds to anyone in the trade!
    Originally posted by fatrab
    Hellfrauds to be pedantic
    • EdGasketTheSecond
    • By EdGasketTheSecond 7th Mar 18, 8:19 PM
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    I'm not so sure on that. Had coil springs snap on my 1999 Merc several times and the only thing I thought was that my exhaust must be a bit loose as it clonked over speed bumps. I think that they tended to break in the mounting so were still located and essentially still worked, and after they were fixed I wasn't aware of any significant difference in handing.
    Originally posted by IanMSpencer
    I was thinking more a break in half than a bit off the end.
    • mgfvvc
    • By mgfvvc 7th Mar 18, 8:44 PM
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    I'm a bit surprised you didn't notice anything. When a coil spring broke on my old Octavia it made a very loud bang and subsequently there were obvious clonking noises when turning.
    • forgotmyname
    • By forgotmyname 7th Mar 18, 9:03 PM
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    I had one snap and i knew exactly what the noise was, but other motorists may not have realised.

    But it still rode level and made no noises at all.

    Only the very top inner coil had snapped. I would get both replaced
    though. The other ones just as old.
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    • LeeUK
    • By LeeUK 7th Mar 18, 11:49 PM
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    had a coil spring replaced on a 207 for around 80 last year at my local garage. Wouldn't trust Halfords or Kwik Fit with their made up nonsense and inflated prices.
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