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That's a "Service Deal Special"???

January 9th, 2015 at 05:49 am

Over Christmas the SG-GF got both of us replacement cabin air filters for our cars. She had been threatening to get new ones for a while, and she finally did it. Well after looking online for how to do it, I spent about 4 minutes replacing mine, and 2 minutes to replace it in her car. No tools required. She was saying "That's it?" after it was done. Yep, that was it. "They wanted $60 to do that!" Now you know why dealerships are so shiny.

Anyway, today I got an email from the local dealership promoting various "specials" (*cough, cough*). Yeah, they're "special" all right. For $50 they have the special to replace the filter on my car. I checked online, and the filters cost less than $10 each, and I am sure the dealership pays less than I do for the filters. I know they have overhead, but give me a break. Charge me $30-$40 for 5 minutes of work, and then review the car to find other things you recommend to be "fixed" at your "cheap" rates as well? Ugh.

4 Responses to “That's a "Service Deal Special"???”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I have changed our cabin filters in our Honda. You do need to know the way to get to them. Thank goodness for You Tube, right?! I don't think our dealership charges that much money though, so we have had them do it while we are getting other things done.

  2. MonkeyMama Says:

    "Now you know why dealerships are so shiny." LOL.

    My current vehicle is the only one I have ever bought from a dealership. The marketing material they send is always highly amusing to me (regarding maintenance).

  3. VS_ozgirl Says:

    That's inspiring stuff! Good work

  4. snafu Says:

    The dealerships try to terrify women. We got coupons for 'free' oil changes for our Honda. If I took the car in the mechanic always came to talk to me to explain my CRV needed a long list of items attended to as they had 'potential to be dangerous...sometimes they changed it out to 'expensive.'

    They never pulled that stunt on DH. I'd take it to our mechanic who said, ' well there's potential danger crossing the street.' Maintenance needs to be done but mostly when needed, not because business is slow at the dealership. What bothered me most was that the actual work was done by a high school student on one of those apprenticeship programs with some level of observation from the mechanic. Client's pay journeymen rates; the dealership gets government support for participating in their apprentice program.

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