Diagnostic check

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by tonyatk, Apr 11, 2008.

  1. tonyatk

    tonyatk Guest

    I've just been charged £55.00 for a diagnostic check on a 04 reg,
    Vauxhall Astra because the engine management light is on.

    This seems a little over the top for a 10 minute job. Comments are welcome.
    Should this be the price??

    tonyatk, Apr 11, 2008
  2. tonyatk

    John Guest

    Don't know whether that is a fair price or not, but when my customers (non
    car related) quibble on the price I say "you are not only paying for my
    time, but also me having the correct equipment and knowing how to use it".
    I do thing garages (main stealers) take the p**s though, my hourly rate is
    nowhere near what they seem to get away with!


    John, Apr 11, 2008
  3. tonyatk

    airsmoothed Guest

    That's quite cheap for a vauxhall dealer, as you say a lot of money
    for 5 minutes work. An independant auto electrician would probably
    charge less, alternativey code readers are available from a number of
    sources, see recent threads on this group for example. On many older
    vauxhalls, up to around 2001, the codes can be read by inserting a
    paper clip between two of the diagnostic connector terminals. won't
    work ona 2004 Astra though :-(.
    airsmoothed, Apr 11, 2008
  4. tonyatk

    \(Will\) Guest

    Rather depends upon the result. Have they correctly identified the reported
    error, have they correctly interpretted the diagnostic as to the most likely
    (true) cause and suggested a fix (that will most likely work)?

    If everything is all clear now (and stays clear) then it is probably worth
    If mis-diagnosed - I'd sue!

    As said, it's not the 10 minutes it is the outlay of these machines. If it
    were 'just 10 minutes' we'd all be doing them (and charge less!)
    \(Will\), Apr 11, 2008
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    Mike Guest

    Mike, Apr 11, 2008

  6. Too expensive

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