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    • Bigmoney2
    • By Bigmoney2 7th Mar 18, 2:08 PM
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    Cam belt
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    Cam belt 7th Mar 18 at 2:08 PM
    Car is due a cambelt change, should I pay out for main dealer @ 400 or look for an independent. I usually get my services done at main agent. Car is 12 years old Renault kangoo.
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    • caprikid1
    • By caprikid1 7th Mar 18, 2:14 PM
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    how much at an indie ?
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    Car is due a cambelt change, should I pay out for main dealer @ 400 or look for an independent. I usually get my services done at main agent. Car is 12 years old.
    Originally posted by Bigmoney2
    I would have thought an indie, but what is the specific car and engine type?
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    • Bigmoney2
    • By Bigmoney2 7th Mar 18, 2:43 PM
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    Not had any prices for independent, I would betaking pot luck on one as I've only used main dealer . I have heard some where that cam belt is best done at main dealler, was wondering if this is correct.
    • caprikid1
    • By caprikid1 7th Mar 18, 3:15 PM
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    Vauxhall Corsa or Aston Martin Vantage ?
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    • By Bigmoney2 7th Mar 18, 3:22 PM
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    Vauxhall Corsa or Aston Martin Vantage ?
    Originally posted by caprikid1
    renault kangoo 1.6 automatic
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    • By redux 7th Mar 18, 3:34 PM
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    Find out or specify that the job includes new tensioner pulleys and crankshaft pulley, if appropriate. Possibly also water pump.
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    • By Ebe Scrooge 7th Mar 18, 3:39 PM
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    Not had any prices for independent, I would betaking pot luck on one as I've only used main dealer . I have heard some where that cam belt is best done at main dealler, was wondering if this is correct.
    Originally posted by Bigmoney2

    There's no reason at all why a main dealer would be any "better" than a decent indy - a cam belt change is a very standard job for any mechanic worth his salt. The reason why so many people advocate an indy over a main dealer is broadly two-fold. Firstly, their overheads, and therefore their hourly rate, tends to be lower. Secondly, an indy will thrive or fold based on his reputation - if he wants to stay in business, it's in his own interest to do a good job at a fair price. Word quickly gets around


    In terms of finding a decent indy - the usual advice of asking friends/neighbours, or posting on a local community Facebook page if possible, is always a good idea.
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    • By jeepjunkie 7th Mar 18, 4:18 PM
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    See if the main dealer will price match. VW did for me. Cheers
    • motorguy
    • By motorguy 7th Mar 18, 6:25 PM
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    renault kangoo 1.6 automatic
    Originally posted by Bigmoney2
    Chances are it has a dephaser pulley which may be best to replace also.

    Renaults sometimes require specific tools to do it also.

    It can - and probably should be done by an indy just from a cost saving perspective.
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    • By Norman Castle 8th Mar 18, 9:03 AM
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    Not had any prices for independent, I would betaking pot luck on one as I've only used main dealer . I have heard some where that cam belt is best done at main dealler, was wondering if this is correct.
    Originally posted by Bigmoney2
    Find garages you trust and ask for prices then decide which is the better option for you.
    As above, asking the dealer to price match may work.
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    • Frozen_up_north
    • By Frozen_up_north 8th Mar 18, 9:30 AM
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    Ask the main dealer and an independent garage about warranty on the work. A friend saved a few quid, then wrote the engine off due to premature belt failure a few months later.

    I have a Seat, their dealers charge 339 (petrol), 399 (diesel) and provide a 5 year warranty on the replacement cambelt.
    • ciderboy2009
    • By ciderboy2009 8th Mar 18, 10:20 AM
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    That is actually not a bad price for a main dealer - providing that it includes all of the ancillary bits as well.
    I paid 380 at my trusted indy to get my parent's 2006 Kangoo 1.6 Auto done about 18 months ago - apparently it's a horrendous job so you're unlikely to get it done much cheaper.
    • Bigmoney2
    • By Bigmoney2 8th Mar 18, 10:36 AM
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    Thanks all, I've spoken to an indie who specialises in French cars. He was a bit vague, it would depend if just the belt or pulleys as well, I was a bit surprised as I assumed pulleys would need changing anyway, then kept changing price, if it was for cash. It wasn't that much cheaper than dealer.


    The problem with an indie is finding a good one as I've not used one for years, it would be a bit pot luck.
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