Always Phone Around For Cheaper Parts
Car dealers mystify me at times. Following problems with the front brakes on the family Mondeo, I’ve just phoned three local Ford dealers for a price. I also called an independent mechanic to make sure that I wasn’t being robbed by the dealers.
The following prices all include VAT and fitment.
- Dealer A – £232
- Dealer B – £200
- Dealer C – £139.25
- Independent Mechanic – £140 upwards, depending on how much he can source the parts for
So, as you can see I’ve saved just under £100 having spent ten minutes on the phone. One weird thing is that dealer A and B are both part of the same group, so you’d have thought their prices would be the same.
Can you guess who I’m going to book the car into?
And yes, I should be prepared to have a go at this myself. If only I had the time.