I just had mine done for our c240 (2005) and it was $545 final bill from an expert MB mechanic. (Not dealer). Dealer quoted $590+Tax over the phone. Anyone think that is high, even at $545 (total after tax in MA)?
What about the possibility that something is wrong (as they would check many things that they don't even mention to properly do the service).
I'm expecting to sell my car, and would consider it important to have all my paperwork to indicate it has been expertly taken care of.
Don't get me wrong at all - i'm pumped to hear of anyone saving any $$. I may be overthinking the paperwork idea (and possibly the fear that something may come up at a service B which would need repair).
But this is the extra price i pay for being entirely void of engine repair experience and knowledge.
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Currently being in a dispute with the dealership is definitely biasing my opinion here so I'll try to keep that contained.
I perform (almost) all my own services. It makes things affordable and I know what has been and hasn't been performed.
I would honestly love to pay someone to do services on my car and I do from time to time, but almost every time I bring it in there is something bad to deal with. From a bad attitude to a improper/incomplete service.
If you have a service provider that you trust and actually performs all those checks? Keep givin' them your business. Good service is worth a lot of $$.
You will definitely want to change the brake fluid every two years. I don't have the equipment or the patience, so I pay the dealer for the service.
The air cabin filter is around $100 at the dealer. My filter, after two years and 11k miles was absolutely horrid.
The synthetic oil change at my nearest MB dealer is always a $99 special.
So for $99 + $100 + $149, you get the same dealer B service for almost 1/2 the price. They will still stamp the book too! AND you still get a receipt!
The dealer will ALWAYS inspect your car anyway to look for more work to do while it's in. There's no way they will not check your brake pads with a quick look while it's up on the rack. So why pay for something they are already doing?