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Old 02-07-2010, 16:11
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My local main dealer told me that they had an offer on at the moment and quoted 399. I smiled and said I may call them back. Can anyone suggest somewhere in Swindon / Chippenham / Bath area that would be cheaper without cutting corners and compromising on quality. I'm not too fussed about genuine Renault parts. Many thanks
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Old 02-07-2010, 17:19
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is that another word for CAM belt.
If so I paid around 300 for this on an Astra, at a main dealer a few years ago. So 399 sounds about right for a Renault.
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Old 02-07-2010, 17:48
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Christ, never go to a dealer

I paid 130 from an independent family-run style garage to get my (1996) Renault Clio cam/timing belt done
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Old 02-07-2010, 17:52
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I am getting my cambelt changed on my 1996 Golf Gti and was quoted a stupid 490 from VW and a even more stupid 542 from Nationwide, but as like the above poster, I have booked mine in the local family run garage for 139.

Never go to a dealer indeed.
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Old 02-07-2010, 17:58
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I'm sure this website has been mentioned on here a few times:

http://www.goodgaragescheme.co.uk/

Check out the garages in your area, I'm sure you'll find a good one who'll charge alot less then the price you were quoted. Changing a cambelt shouldn't take more than an hour for somebody who knows what he's doing.
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Old 02-07-2010, 18:08
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See if the MOTest centre at Hawksworth Ind Est in Swindon will give you a price. Have used them a couple of times for serviding my wifes car and they have always done a good job and at a fair price.
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Old 02-07-2010, 18:38
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I'm sure this website has been mentioned on here a few times:

http://www.goodgaragescheme.co.uk/

Check out the garages in your area, I'm sure you'll find a good one who'll charge alot less then the price you were quoted. Changing a cambelt shouldn't take more than an hour for somebody who knows what he's doing.
I understand it can be tricky on some cars. I once had this done on a Toyota Starlet by an independent garage, they did the job but there was a delay while they sourced a special tool to adjust the belt tension. The garage concerned mainly repair Ford, Vauxhall & Peugeot so they don't get asked to work on Toyotas very often.

Even so I saved 120 on the main dealer quote and the car ran well afterwards.
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Old 02-07-2010, 20:18
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I've got a feeling that it's quite a lot of work to change the cambelt on a Renault, so, at the end of the day, it may well be that 400 isn't a bad price.

However, by all means get further quotes. Make sure that a complete kit is going to be fitted, not just the belt itself.

Also, whilst the replacement belt certainly doesn't have to be genuine Renault (they almost certainly don't make their own timing belts, anyway) do ensure that it will be a decent one, e.g. Gates.

Good Luck!
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Old 02-07-2010, 20:30
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The garage fitted a "Gates" belt to my car. It seems they supply the belts to most factories for new cars.

I dread to think how much those companies charge for putting the belts in "official" Toyota or Renault packaging.
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Old 02-07-2010, 21:02
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If so I paid around 300 for this on an Astra, at a main dealer a few years ago.
OMG How much?

About 4 years ago, my Astra had a faulty thermostat, which requires the front end removing, to replace it.

RE Performance Centre, at Bury, replaced the thermostat and, while they had it in bits, the timing belt, for less than 100.

Even allowing for 4 years inflation, 300 is an insane price.
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Old 02-07-2010, 21:08
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I dread to think how much those companies charge for putting the belts in "official" Toyota or Renault packaging.
Indeed.

My mate used to buy "Genuine BMW wheel bearings" for his BMW motorbike.

In fact, they were SKF bearings (available from the local bearing factor for about 1/3rd the price), in a box with BMW printed on it.

Never could convince him his "Genuine BMW wheel bearings" were just SKF bearings in a fancy box.
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Old 02-07-2010, 21:21
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Indeed.

My mate used to buy "Genuine BMW wheel bearings" for his BMW motorbike.

In fact, they were SKF bearings (available from the local bearing factor for about 1/3rd the price), in a box with BMW printed on it.

Never could convince him his "Genuine BMW wheel bearings" were just SKF bearings in a fancy box.
I remember Renault having bad publicity about this sort of thing, several yeats ago. At the time they supplied many parts for certain DAF cars from Holland. Renault owners could get the identical parts HALF PRICE from DAF agents.
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Old 02-07-2010, 21:56
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'buyer beware' is a good phrase in this instance , i am all for the local independant getting the work , however , something as important as a cambelt change is an engine killer if it is done wrong , food for thought methinks
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Old 02-07-2010, 22:07
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'buyer beware' is a good phrase in this instance , i am all for the local independant getting the work , however , something as important as a cambelt change is an engine killer if it is done wrong , food for thought methinks
Very true but a good independent garage with a reputation to protect won't want bad publicity from poor work.
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Old 02-07-2010, 22:21
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I used to work for a call centre who made calls on behalf of dealerships, over time people who buy new vehicles stop having thier MOT's, services etc done there and they lose alot of money that way.

Cam belts, air con service/top ups, brake fluid changes were all things on our list to upsell to customers. Our calls were on a time based predicitve basis too - so check the recommendations for actually having your cam belt done. We were told to quote around 45000 miles or 4 years which ever comes first.

There were always "additional extras" based on time and distance when booking services too, of which the dealerships woul;d let them know about upon payment ofcourse.

Needless to say, thats why thier business dwindles because they charge so much.
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