There's this annual checkup/inspection thing in the Netherlands called APK, and it was due in three weeks for my car.
Because the big stealership in my region had crashed a 5 days old AMG GT earlier this year (pics and story in Dutch on https://topgear.nl/autonieuws/gecras...-5-dagen-jong/
) I thought, why not support them because they are probably strapped for cash now, so I booked an appointment for the checkup, with the option of doing some regular scheduled maintenance.
When making the appointment, I had asked for a quote to also include said maintenance, and told the lady on the phone that I'm perfectly capable of changing filters, plugs and engine oil. Her response was that she was unable to give me a quote because the car had to be hooked up to a computer first and only then will they be able to tell me what needs to be done. This all despite the dashboard telling me a maintenace D is needed in 178 days, and me telling the receptionist this.
Anyway, agreed to that procedure. Halfway through the day, I received an outrageous quote. Because they could not find any service history for the past 4 years (that's right, because I had done servicing myself and at an independent), they had assumed that almost everything you can think of would be necessary, including changing filters, plugs and engine oil and some other stuff, which came down to 1300 euros.
First of all, I don't think they had to hook the car up to a computer to discover that, and they completely ignored my request about not getting ripped off.
Then there was this other thing: I had replaced my winter tires two weeks ago, and while doing that, had seen that the regular front tires had become slicks, so I had ordered a new pair and had them installed last Friday at a tire fitter. For the rear wheels, I had failed to apply enough torque to the bolts on one wheel, causing a wobble while driving. This lack of torque was diagnosed and corrected for a mere 55 euros. On top of that, they had come up with the observation that my tires were cupped. Including those one-week old tires I had just put on and had only driven 70 km with.
So I just asked them to finish the checkup, replace the brake fluid and put on new wiper blades (which I'm perfectly capable of doing myself, but I don't mind overpaying 20 euros every now and then - and remember they need the cash to restock their showroom), which came down to an additional 190 euros.
Of course I don't get the mobilo seal of approval now, but I was wondering: did anyone ever manage to get a dealer to perform regular maintenance excluding the oil change for a fair price, or is that impossible?
Guess I'll revert to having maintenance done at the independent, and have to live without that showroom.
Oh, and the inspection turned up no findings!
That's three times in a row. Lovely car.