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My Golf Tdi 115bhp is four years old with 40k on the clock.

Its 10k service is now due and I can take it to VW how charge ?175, or another dealer e.g. Kia and get it done for ?125.

So far the car has VWFSH, so the question is when selling the car how much difference will there be between saying full VWFSH and FSH?
 

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Very little, however you would be better going to a VW specialist (or Skoda / Seat) rather than somebody who knows nothing about VW's (a.k.a. Kia).
 

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I've had mine done at specialist VW dealers - many buyers will respect someone going to a specialist or other VAG dealer rather than a VW main dealer, but will not be too impressed if you've gone to a dealer with no VW knowledge (KIA, Vauxhall, Ford, joe bloggs round the corner...) just to save a few pennies.

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The problem is you will have to convince the prospective buyer about the service history!!

Use VW dealers and it's fine!!

VW also offer goodwill gestures on parts which fial out of warranty. If you doin't have full VW servcie history you don't get this!

Full VW service history was one of the requirements when I was looking for my car.

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That is serously low mileage for a TDi, especially as most a bought by high mileage users.

I'd use a VW specialist and as long as you have the bills anyone will be able to see what has been done. I certainly wouldn't worry too much if I were buying a 4+ year old car
 

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Best get it done at a VW specialists, the difference in money you will save by not going to the stealers will be about the same you lose on not having a VWFSH when you go to sell. (If that makes any sense)[?][?]

Also, you have to get the cambelt changed on the 40,000 service.
 

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The VWSH attracts buyers, I don't think it will really affect the price unless you trade it in.

You will save money going to a specialist, but the any prospective buyer will assume you have done this to save money!

VW do have strict servicing regemis and operate on a preventative maintenence policy. Find a decent dealer and I think you can't go wrong.

I have dabbled with well known, highly recommended VW sepcialists, I wouldn't go there for a service on for repairs I couldn't do.
 

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If i were buying a car it wouldnt matter to me whether it had full vag sh or not aslong as it had regular servicing. VW are that bad it may be better not to use them.
 

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@ Vee

I have a 2000 (W) 115 Tdi and mine hasnt even done 40k yet still got another 4 k to do to get to 40k might get there by about easter next year :eek:)

Cheers

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In my not very vast experience, I have always been disappointed with the service I get at the stealers when service time comes around. The last time they set off my alarm, couldnt disalarm it so disconnected it completely and didnt bother to tell me. When I confronted them about it they said " It was making a huge racket, even in the showroom". This was a standard VW alarm and it was DEFINITELY working fine when i left it. They had the cheek to get annoyed at me. When I asked them to fix it they said they were too busy! In summary, I have no great faith in a VW FSH. YOu should also check out What Car this month. They did a mini-investigation and concluded that independent garages were better for services
 

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After my recent experiences of dealers then I'd be very suspicious of a VW service history history. They made my car downright dangerous and damaged the paint and a wheel! Was just one dealer but it was enough to put me off. Complained to VW UK and got it sorted but was not impressed with their attitude either.

I suppose if you know of a good dealer then stick to them but keep an eye on their work as quite often there are changes in personnel and the quality goes out the window - thats what happened to me.

Found out later that their good staff had gone to BMW and Peugeot, obviously leaving the dreggs behind.

Going to shop around for the next service and may use a specialist instead.
 

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Oooohhh. Now you've scared me.

I've just booked my V5 in for it's 42k (bought it on 32) to a VW dealership...said they'd service whil;e I wait, 1 hour turn around and ?90 - which I thought was pretty good. Up side is where I'm goinf you can watch the mechanics work through windows in the waiting area......

Heres hoping..

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Just another little point. The What Car article I referred to said that fast-fit style places like the AA etc are just as bad as the stealers.
 

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Quote: posted by Image2000uk on 21/10/2004 00:15:54

@ Vee

I have a 2000 (W) 115 Tdi and mine hasnt even done 40k yet still got another 4 k to do to get to 40k might get there by about easter next year :eek:)

Cheers

Image2000uk

Completely off topic, but given you do such little mileage, what made you buy a diesel ?

Not taking the pi$$, a genuine question.

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Independent every time. They don't usually carry apprentices whom have no idea what their doing. Main dealers usually get a fair share of them... and some of the stories I have heard from employees, really shocked me.

I personally would never get a car I owned serviced at a main dealer, they don't care about your business as they don't need it.

And these days most people don't care about FMDSH.
 
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