I’ll explain. Once it happened that someone had a relative or a family friend who was a spare parts dealer, and for this reason he came to the workshop with the clutch or with the cutting kit in hand asking for it to be assembled .
But it rarely happened!
Now, thanks to the internet and hypermarkets, it happens more and more often that the customer shows up with the “sandwich brought from home”.
Question: “How much do you plan to save?” And is he also aware of the fact that there is no labor guarantee on the pieces he purchased ?
The motorist does not know that in the event of a clutch pressure plate breaking after 1,000 kilometers, he will have to pay all the labor necessary for disassembly and subsequent reassembly , also taking care of the die with his spare parts dealer to have the new part supplied under warranty.
Then there are those who ignore the specifications of lubricating oils and, as often happens, they buy an oil that is unsuitable for the type of engine (such as for many Ford and Volkswagen engines), telling you: “Ah the spare parts dealer told me it’s okay!”
Things like this also happen with drivers behind the wheel of fairly expensive cars. However, it is necessary to remind these people that the purchase of a 200 HP car involves exorbitant expenses not only on maintenance but also for RCA insurance, road tax and fuel.
when in reality on a Panda 1200 you spend a maximum of 350 euros including labor to do:
- timing belt;
- belt services;
- 2 belt tensioners;
new paraflù and rear crankcase gasket.
And I don’t think it’s a blunder. Calculating that the equipment is not given to us mechanics, we also have the management costs of the premises, taxes and various disposals (different way of calling taxes).
We also have to pay for the disposal of used oil even if the new one is supplied by the customer!
It is funny to see a high target car owner show up in the workshop with the 4 liters of engine oil in the trunk and the commercial filter (equivalent to the original and not used as a primary system) to save 15/20 euros at the end.