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    #46
    Originally posted by Sloth View Post
    There is a problem here with the fact that people have been burned by shit dealers. A good dealer is worth the service costs.plus the free recall check and fixes. Cant get those at dingus automotive
    All this time i've been trying to come up with a new business name, and here it is handed to me on a silver platter.
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    Jaguar XJR, Freelander 2 HSE, Jaguar XKR, MINI Cooper S
    Originally posted by nutttr
    People must assume you are some sort of drug dealer with all these nice cars turning up to a fibro home

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      #47
      fucken a*
      Originally posted by Marv
      Only be concerned if that Dunning-Kruger Motorsports bloke is there and goes all Captain Damphands McGigglefingers on you after a couple of lemon squashes....


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        #48
        Jack, pick something a bit more specific than automotive, every half wit that can hold a spanner uses automotive. I am going through the same problem at the moment in a different industry and all the obvious ones are taken.

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          #49
          Originally posted by Sloth View Post
          There is a problem here with the fact that people have been burned by shit dealers. A good dealer is worth the service costs.plus the free recall check and fixes. Cant get those at dingus automotive
          Where is this supposed good dealer?

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            #50
            Originally posted by MartyHusseinXF View Post

            Where is this supposed good dealer?
            Mazda and Lexus have them. Even some VW dealers over here are pretty good. But anything Ford, Holden or us poor bastards with FCA's are screwed big time.

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              #51
              Originally posted by MartyHusseinXF View Post
              Where is this supposed good dealer?
              If I hadn't encountered one, back in my onion-belt heyday, I wouldn't have believed they existed.
              I guess it might have been because I knew the service-manager.
              That was Subaru.

              Only went once, but Camden Valley Holden about 4 years ago did seem organised & they did what they were supposed to do without breaking anything, which goes against mizone's rule regarding Holden craptacularness. But it's a sample of one, can't say how indicative it is & it's WAY too far away for me to get a larger sample count .
              Soft roaders represent an excellent compromise between the needs of the hardcore 4x4 user and the convenience of a city hatchback. Its clear to see why they have become so popular in todays society.

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                #52
                I've had a pretty good run with the Holden dealer I've been using for years now (Commonwealth Motors/now John McGrath Holden). The guy I usually deal with there is clearly an enthusiast, and I think that helps.

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                  #53
                  Originally posted by Captain_Slow View Post
                  The guy I usually deal with there is clearly an enthusiast, and I think that helps.
                  It definitely does! When I was putting the Volvo together, the fact that the parts interpreter guy at one of the closer Volvo dealers was an enthusiast (& was interested in someone fiddling with a 242) meant I could get parts from all over the world. I ordered quote a few trim doodads which were never sold here & hence weren't in the Volvo AU system - but he could get them in from OS as long as I had the part-number.
                  If I try to buy OEM Volvo stuff from the dealers near me now, they won't order something unless I provide a VIN & the part's in the Australian system.
                  Soft roaders represent an excellent compromise between the needs of the hardcore 4x4 user and the convenience of a city hatchback. Its clear to see why they have become so popular in todays society.

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                    #54
                    I do think it's a dealer by dealer basis. Having looked after a nationwide fleet for a small bit, in general each state is different make to make..

                    Speaking of Holden, they are niche reseller now. Holden sales aren't even in the top ten. We buy more Mercedes than Holdens ->https://www.caradvice.com.au/797477/...eptember-2019/

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                      #55
                      Not quite more Mercedes than Holdens, but that's not miles (or maybe only months) from being correct. 2863 Holdens sold last month vs 2682 Mercs.

                      (Edit: nope, you were right. I was looking at M-B cars figures only; when you add the utes and vans then Mercedes outsells Holden. Unimaginable not that long ago.)

                      Remember when selling fewer than 5000 Commodores a month was a very bad month?
                      Last edited by Captain_Slow; 04-10-19, 12:11 PM.

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                        #56
                        Originally posted by Aaron View Post
                        So snavy works in one of the few places where people take things seriously, takes pride in his work and actually delivers what’s on the job card. If people struck workshops where that was the norm we’d be more inclined to pay beyond the warranty period.

                        I switched to self servicing at the end of the paper warranty, Renault AU is no good with ex-gratia, the car had no warranty issues beyond a couple loose clips in the first year and subsequently I’ve found a decent specialist to service it (although I’ll keep doing the interim). The dealership however did cause their share of mayhem and chaos at a couple of services.
                        Yes we have the mentality of do it right or not at all. We were one of the vacc finalists recently and it’s funny another workshop on the list we fix cars for them

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                          #57
                          Originally posted by Sloth View Post
                          There is a problem here with the fact that people have been burned by shit dealers. A good dealer is worth the service costs.plus the free recall check and fixes. Cant get those at dingus automotive
                          I'm no longer convinced there is such a thing as a good dealer.

                          I mean, for fuck's sake, yes that clean silver coloured alcantara looks nice & inviting to touch; but at least clean your fucking hands before you wipe your grubby mitts all over it!
                          FFS!!

                          This is why avoiding cunty dealers is a Thing! There's a bit of trim that needs replacing which they couldn't get today; I'm considering just picking it up & either fitting it myself or getting the trusted mechanic to do it (need a pink-slip in 6wks anyway), to avoid the damage they'll undoubtedly cause next time. And I don't want to let the grubs near the fucking thing to clean it; they'll make it worse.
                          Soft roaders represent an excellent compromise between the needs of the hardcore 4x4 user and the convenience of a city hatchback. Its clear to see why they have become so popular in todays society.

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                            #58
                            But what can we do when the warranty for a lot of manufacturer 7 years. That's 7 risky trips to a dodgy dealer just to maintain a warranty. Of course by then, most people would have offloaded their cars anyway.

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                              #59
                              Originally posted by smellytofu View Post
                              But what can we do when the warranty for a lot of manufacturer 7 years. That's 7 risky trips to a dodgy dealer just to maintain a warranty. Of course by then, most people would have offloaded their cars anyway.
                              What manufacturer has 7 years warranty and 12 month intervals?

                              As has been said countless times, the vehicle doesn't need to go near a dealer to maintain warranty.
                              Parramatta Eels, 2009 Premiership rightful winners.

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                                #60
                                Originally posted by Captiva Fan View Post
                                I'm no longer convinced there is such a thing as a good dealer.

                                The only dealers I hear good things about now are BMW.
                                Parramatta Eels, 2009 Premiership rightful winners.

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