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    Quote Originally Posted by IchBautAuto View Post
    All a matter of perception. Average wage $85K, median wage $55K. If you pay rent / utilities / living etc and you're buying an $80K+ car then you're doing hugely better than those on the median. Finance 101. No one wants to think they're doing OK when many on here are doing just that.

    We have the China situation because the first world wants to earn lots but doesn't want to pay the same rate to those who supply the services so we make where it's cheap. Only lasts so long and then the Cheap places become rich and expensive and we have to look for another cheap place. 50+ years ago made in Japan symbolized cheap, now it's a Euro rival for quality and precision.

    The average wage and more isn't an awful lot in today's world. My point is, sure, don't pay inflated dealer prices but be careful what you consider is expensive and just because a mechanic provides a service, is his worth less than a consumer, which is the bottom line for cheap prices. I'll butt out for good after this, it's a circular argument with some for and some against. There are a squillion old sayings like "no free lunches", "get what you pay for" etc etc and by and large, they're true.
    You canít just consider the typical scenario, some people donít have those expenses, others donít have rent, others donít drink and smoke, others donít have wives or children, others have just saved away over years to make it happen, point being thereís two markets for mechanical work, the dealers or independents, both wealthy and middle class use both based on how they are inclined, if they want one over the other theyíll pay for it, just like either class will for a car even if itís a stretch on the budget, but just because you buy a 100k car doesnít equate to being able or willing to afford blown out costs for servicing.
    Common sense says you donít pay more than you need to for an equivalent service, and has nothing to do with China or other countries, same consumables same Australian servicing.
    Anything related to saving a buck in manufacturing is for other things, cars for example but government needs to regulate the whole market competitiveness.

    Prices donít just vary based on quality of service either, in this case dealerships charge more, why is up for debate, but price differences for independents could come down to how theyíve setup their business, how much they need to compete, whether theyíre in a wealthy neighbourhood or not, how many jobs they get etc etc, youíre not just paying more for better work in every case, youíre also paying for a lot of other factors you shouldnít necessarily need to pay for, but my point is solely focused on dealers vs independents, the difference for what you get doesnít justify the extra cost IMO.

    And $500 essentially as a labour charge for 1-2 hours work isnít justified unless theyíre actually doing 5 hours of work at their $95-100 rate which is what factors in their overheads and the rest, so who knows what else youíre paying for at the dealers but itís likely all the extra people they employ like service dept managers and other staff, as well as a big take for the dealership to profit from.

    The only way they still make money is from those who think they need to get servicing there to keep their warranty and because people might not trust an independent to do it right on a new alternative brand car, which I can understand because there are plenty of varying procedures out of the norm to service different cars and unless you study the procedures for each and every car youíre usually doing an average job as an independent rather than a good one, this is where the specific knowledge of a brand based mechanic is useful and there are independent mechanics like that to be found too which wonít have the unnecessary dealership profits and overheads, so in that sense, lining dealerships pockets with excess profits and covering their overheads for them is ďgetting what you pay forĒ I donít think so, but if you see value there in paying double or more, go ahead, everyone can choose what they like, but youíre not getting more for your money once you drive away.

    I do most of my servicing myself, dealership prices led me to independents, their quality of work led me to do as much as I can myself, I enjoy it and save a bundle, so Iím personally not invested in either option.

    One of my cars was 1500 to get done at dealer, did it myself for roughly $250, specialised independent wanted 500.

    Enough said, free lunches for me for a very long time...

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    Hello,

    I'm in the USA but do post on this internet site.

    In my case since I actually worked for multiple New Car Dealerships I prefer to have all my services done by my selling Audi Dealership.

    My (Opinion) is guys do what makes you Happy and Feel good and when it's all said and done your the one that counts for your RS3 and It's decisions.









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    2019 Tango Red RS3 on order January 2019.
    I'm in the USA

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    For what it's worth - VIC based - Quoted $1050 from Audi for 2nd service.
    Went to an independent and quoted approx. $500 for 2nd service. In the end, ended up costing $420 as one of my filters (i think cabin) was near brand new as the car had only done somewhere around 20 odd thousand kms.

    Not worth going back to dealers, just make sure you go to an independent that uses genuine parts. Oil wise... Liqui-moly or Motul.

    Cheers.

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    Thanks all, I think I will be going independent for this service. Thanks for all the information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigmez View Post
    For what it's worth - VIC based - Quoted $1050 from Audi for 2nd service.
    Went to an independent and quoted approx. $500 for 2nd service. In the end, ended up costing $420 as one of my filters (i think cabin) was near brand new as the car had only done somewhere around 20 odd thousand kms.

    Not worth going back to dealers, just make sure you go to an independent that uses genuine parts. Oil wise... Liqui-moly or Motul.


    Cheers.

    Where about in VIC do you go to?
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    Quote Originally Posted by beanoyip View Post
    Where about in VIC do you go to?
    Hi bud, you may have heard their name floating around. Simon @ Peerless Automotive in Lynbrook (South East Suburbs).

    When i am ready - will be going Gordie @ ETuners Motorsport in Dandenong for tuning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigmez View Post
    Hi bud, you may have heard their name floating around. Simon @ Peerless Automotive in Lynbrook (South East Suburbs).

    When i am ready - will be going Gordie @ ETuners Motorsport in Dandenong for tuning.
    Hi,

    Thanks, yes i've heard of all these workshops in SE, unfortunately i'm in inner city, was hoping somewhere closer
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    Quote Originally Posted by beanoyip View Post
    Hi,

    Thanks, yes i've heard of all these workshops in SE, unfortunately i'm in inner city, was hoping somewhere closer
    What about Volkwerke in Burwood? They've got a good reputation, better drive than going into the inner south-east!

    Edit: Never been there myself, but was considering when i was thinking about getting APR tune. The bloke i spoke with, very nice and even hit me up later when APR was having sales. Read many good things about them; however do your research!
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    Yea Volkwerke is highly raved as well.. i'll get a quote from them.
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