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Are you keeping your car for longer?


oresome

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Motorists squeezed by the double dip recession are keeping their cars for longer now than twentyfive years ago. The average age of a car on the road now has crept up to seven and a half years from six and a half years then.

My present car is six years old, but I do a low mileage due to retirement and the cost of leisure motoring, so the car still feels fairly new and I think cars actually last longer bodywork wise than they did.

For most of my working life I had a company car that was replaced every two years with more miles on it than my present car has after six.

I toy with the idea of replacing the present car, but the cost of fuel limits the mileage I do, so it's hard to justify the expense.

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Quickbeam

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"the amounts of space available to work in an engine bay has reduced, as more hardware has to be stuffed into the gap"

How true, on a Morris Marina you could get an unfolded pram inside the engine bay if the boot was full.

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oresome

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I took the car in for a MOT and "full service" a couple of weeks ago.

When I collected it I was told that the pollen filter needed replacing, the antifreeze needed checking for effectiveness and the brake fluid needed replacing..........none of these items were included in the "full" service apparently.

With the previous car, during a service the dealer rang to say that one of the door check-straps was loose.............did I want it tightening? It took me 30 seconds to tighten it myself, much less time than the phone call took to advise me it would be £18 for them to do it.

With my daughters car, during a service, the dealer rang to say the brakes were dirty, did she want them cleaning.

I get the distinct impression that the term "service" is actually no more than an inspection and an opportunity to advise of further chargeable work.

Rant over.

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Bing.alau

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WTM. So, some heavy vehicles have no dipstick. I've seen a few with a dipstick at the wheel.

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WhiteTruckMan

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No argument there Bingalau. Some of them I work with don't do joined up thinking!

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