First Service for B9 S4

bora-gav

RMS Regular
Location
Co.Tyrone
Drives
VW/SKODA
il stick with my own records thanks.
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My mechanic does this, everything is written on the engine bay and in the service book.
He’s a vw specialist, every car I’ve sold, the buyer has been more than impressed with this documentation that they’ve never once asked for any vw recorded services and that included a potential trade in to Skoda Belfast.
 

Coog

Admin
Drives
XJ6
You're buying a 2017 S4 with 25k on it. Two identical cars are for sale one with the Audi dealership history and another with a local service centre history on it. Which one do you buy? Why?

Assuming it wasn't a lease, how much do you think the first owner saved in the end by taking the car to an indy?

Fast forward 2 years, warranty is up and the gearbox keeks itself out of the blue. What sort of goodwill is Audi likely going to show on one car vs the other?
 

Lyons

RMS Moderator
Location
Texarkana
Drives
X5 30D / MK7 R
All of us know a good independent is going to do a better job than a main dealer, but it’s the fear of what a next prospective buyer makes of it when you come to sell. To be honest if it was a car on the mainland I’d prefer a main dealer history though, as I wouldn’t know anything about the independents. Would be different if it was local and you knew the company.
 

amg306

RMS Regular
Location
Kilkeel
Drives
Anything
I'm looking forward to hearing what potential buyers say about the wife's A4. I bought it with 40 odd thousand on it, now almost 130, and it has never been near a mechanic (apart from the emissions recall) since.
I have done everything it needed myself, written it in service book, and kept receipts, but I just know it will be used as a bargaining tool because there is no history!
 

colin84

RMS Regular
Location
Newtownabbey
Drives
E60 M Sport
I'm looking forward to hearing what potential buyers say about the wife's A4. I bought it with 40 odd thousand on it, now almost 130, and it has never been near a mechanic (apart from the emissions recall) since.
I have done everything it needed myself, written it in service book, and kept receipts, but I just know it will be used as a bargaining tool because there is no history!
IMO receipts is service history, although others may not see it that way. Anyone can buy a stamp and stamp up a service book without doing any maintenance.
 

Big Jon

RMS Regular
Location
Newtownabbey
Drives
AudiS4
There’s no service book now as its all done electronically. The on board system shows when oil is due to be changed and when the inspection is due; both need to be reset. Belfast Service Centre will do the same service and the inspection all logged on the Audi UK system with genuine parts for half the price. Shows how much that fancy coffee and shortbread costs at the main dealer.
The Audi is a nice car but I think it’s back to BMW when it’s time to change.
 

pobmk4

RMS Regular
Location
Ballymoney
Drives
Caddy 2K
Any registered independent can fill it in online, I never see the big appeal with the stamps in a book, I had 2 cars in this week with the service schedules done incorrectly...... Just because it's done in a dealer doesn't mean it's done right.
 

chris_b

RMS Regular
Drives
A car
You're buying a 2017 S4 with 25k on it. Two identical cars are for sale one with the Audi dealership history and another with a local service centre history on it. Which one do you buy? Why?

Assuming it wasn't a lease, how much do you think the first owner saved in the end by taking the car to an indy?

Fast forward 2 years, warranty is up and the gearbox keeks itself out of the blue. What sort of goodwill is Audi likely going to show on one car vs the other?
Hit the nail on the head there Coog.
Even within warranty period two identical cars the same age and similar miles and one the dealership knows well as they’ve serviced the car, sorted warranty niggles etc and one they’ve never seen since it left them, they are going to look after the customer they know on a first name basis a hell of a lot more

It’s probably wrong yes but sadly it’s just the way it is I guess.
 

Coog

Admin
Drives
XJ6
Hit the nail on the head there Coog.
Even within warranty period two identical cars the same age and similar miles and one the dealership knows well as they’ve serviced the car, sorted warranty niggles etc and one they’ve never seen since it left them, they are going to look after the customer they know on a first name basis a hell of a lot more

It’s probably wrong yes but sadly it’s just the way it is I guess.
I've had some pricey faults sorted through goodwill because the car had been at the dealership all its life. Thousands of pounds worth of faults sorted FOC. Didn't really benefit the person who paid for most of the servicing though right enough lol
 

Big Jon

RMS Regular
Location
Newtownabbey
Drives
AudiS4
Would the audi dealer not have price matched that?
Audi want a written quote on headed paper. If you were a business and someone said can you give me a written quote so I can get the work done elsewhere what would your response be?
At the end of the day the car is properly serviced and if needs be the money saved will pay for an extra years warranty should I get nervous about out of warranty repairs.
 
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