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    Vandalism by commercial garages

    Professional mechanics are not as professional as you may think. They are generally rather dumb and clumsy usually not exercising much care and attention when working on cars.
    In this thread I will keep adding photos as evidence of above. The vandalism shown has been committed by all sorts of garages, main Mercedes Benz/ Smart dealer included.

    Seal at throttle body incorrectly fitted:

    I estimate seal was blocking minimum 70% of flow area. Garage: Framor, Banchory.

    Number 3 lower plug cap:

    All six plug caps showed evidence of having been pulled using pliars. This one was misfiring. Rubber in way of plug cap metal converted to carbon. Garage: Framor, Banchory.

    Car: 2005 Smart 450 petrol.

    In the next post I will be showing photos documenting the workmanship carried out by the main Smart dealer in Aberdeen.
    Drives a Smart Cdi - 65 to 85 MPG

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    You could end up in a world of brown smelly stuff doing this. Post the pictures but do not name and shame.

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    The way they filled in the service book says it all:

    Drives a Smart Cdi - 65 to 85 MPG

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    oh no ... they wrote in the wrong box

    if you want prestige car servicing then taking to a classic car restoration shop where all work is carried out in a fully climate controlled workshop with guys in cotton gloves - but you pay for that

    if you want excellent service where someone cares about your car and used the correct tools and has full star diagnostic then take it to one of the few valued independents

    if you want decent service with the correct tools then take it to merc/smart but you will pay

    if you want to ensure its all done correctly do all work yourself and take it merc/indie for a star once a year

    otherwise take to any old generic garage that barely knows the cars, their foibles and doesnt have the correct tools, training or workshop manuals

    you seem to pay for the worst but expect the best

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    Quote Originally Posted by problemchild1976 View Post
    you seem to pay for the worst but expect the best
    The car in first post is not my car. Mine is enrolled on a continuous free service program at Banchory Smart Centre. Das Beste oder Nichts!
    Drives a Smart Cdi - 65 to 85 MPG

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    so whats the point

    just go on youtube and watch dashcam vids of mecahnics in/on/out of paying customers cars

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    Quote Originally Posted by problemchild1976 View Post
    you seem to pay for the worst but expect the best
    So people should actually expect their cars to be returned in a damaged condition if worked on by a non-specialist garage?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikerj View Post
    So people should actually expect their cars to be returned in a damaged condition if worked on by a non-specialist garage?
    I think that if you expected that then you probably should not buy anything ever again.

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    before paying for any service or product ALWAYS do research

    if i was to employ someone at 60/hr (over 400 a day or 100k/yr) then i'd be wanting an interview, CV and references.

    we give mechanics our cars that we care for. all they want to do is fix it and return it as quickly as possible. do they car about the car? no? are we able to scrutinise the work they do? no! its such a risky area that we just throw money at.

    learn to do all the basics yourself - if you can go lego you can maintain your car. Servicing, brakes etc are simple and spend 50 on a reasonable socket set.

    if its complex use a forum for crowd problem solving

    then use a specialist who knows the make of car and has the correct diagnostic tools and workshop manuals

    if you pick a back street garage then you will get back street quality service

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    e.g. we all know the fortwo requires a specialised plug removal tool

    do we really expect that the local garage has that tool?

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