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  1. DannyHall

    DannyHall Active Member

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    Car's due for it's first service and wanted to know what to expect in terms of cost?

    The car is a CLA45, got around 9000 miles on.

    Can't believe it's been a year with the car already and i'm still in love! My PCP is up in 1 year and I can seriously see me either buying it out or extending!
     
  2. Rory

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    Have a look here https://www.mymercedesservice.co.uk/home

    If you can get to other dealerships try them too as sometimes the price can vary and you could try and play them off against each other, although it can be tough to find someone interested enough to negotiate.
     
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    Cheers.. wow £451, is this the norm or does it seem excessive?!
     
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    Comes with the badge and the 3 pointed star....

    Does differ slightly with different main garage.
    If you are going to keep the car for years, then independant garage servicing is much better in my opinion. Gets better value for money. Plus less chance of things not done yet ticked on the service checklist.
     
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    £451 for oil / filter change:crazy:...make sure you pull your pants up when you leave:eek:

     
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    You could put the car on a service plan so the blow comes in smaller bits. I had mine on a service plan and at the end or if you sell they will work the numbers to see if you are owed money and personally had a nice little amount back :)

    These AMGs come at a cost but the joy exceeds this by miles in my view and make the cost irrelevant
     
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    Hmmm...fancy that, pricing perfectly pitched to make ServiceCare look attractive. I hate ServiceCare as it's so expensive compared to other manufacturers service plans, and I think it's obvious MB has leaned on dealers to charge "rack rates" to make ServiceCare look attractive.

    However I suppose it is what it is. Note that ServiceCare is a bit cheaper if you grab it before the car is 12mths old.
     
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    I'd personally pay for its first service in one go, and then (if you plan to keep at least another three years) get it on a service plan, with it being an absolute no brainer

    Better future value to prospective buyers (I wouldn't touch a car without MBSH that's less than 6/7 years old)

    Roadside cover included

    Paint warranty

    Substantial discount on all services (I've saved well over £600 and mine isn't an AMG)

    If you start the plan before a B service then you save a lot more (B-A-B, two expensive services and a minor service)

    Not sure if your PCP is with MB but I'm sure they have requirements for it to be serviced with them anyway or a penalty is placed on end of term (car worth less)
     
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    ..except on this model the first service is so expensive it's actually slightly cheaper to get ServiceCare.
     
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    Not on a 2 or 3 year plan it wouldn't. Not in the long run
     
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    I see the plan on CLA45 as £35/mth is taken before the car is a year old. So that's £420 per year, vs first service quote above of £451.

    What might work out better is to PAYG for first service, then buy a 3 service plan as it would cover the big service at 4yrs. However needs a bit of thought as if you delay and get caught by the car being over 12mth old then the monthly charge jumps to £42, so you're then at £504 per year.


    Anyway, the OP is only committed to the car for 2yrs. I know he gets a refund if he sells but doesn't seem worth the hassle getting a longer service package as the saving aren't significant.
     
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    Hi Dan I've just been offered the device plan for my new cla and it is a saving plus free collection or courtesy car and £300 vouchers to use as percentage discounts at Merc. They change a few filters and rear axle fluid allegedly and they quoted me £467 so £35/month makes sense then cancel it straight away, I'm hoping to swap mine before 24months so I'll get the first service done keep up the residual and take the hit monthly at a small discount.
    We've just had our first service on our 330dmsport which was at nearly 23 months BMW wanted £320 for an oil/filter change we used a specialist at £170 it's leased so I'm not really bothered about its history/value. Different beast the AMG and its mine, I wouldn't cut any corners....
     
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    Cheers for the replies!

    Honestly I was expecting a large amount but it did seem excessive.
    The biggest issue I have at the minute is i'm based in Germany for work at the moment and not home in the car until Christmas, would it be worth taking it to a German dealer for a service or waiting until Christmas if applicable?
     
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    I would definitely get a quote from a German MB garage, makes sense if your there anyway, I visited one whilst also working in Germany and bought some bits, was much cheaper than UK stealers, let them quote you then tell them you have been UK quoted €500 (£450), I think they will fall over....

    Will be interesting to see what they quote you...if good I would let them do the service.

     
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    Buy the oil yourself, lot cheaper.
     
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    If you might return the car at the end of the PCP then you need to get it done more or less on time or you'll get a hefty penalty when you hand it back.
     
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    Hahahahahahah! £450

    That's cheap!

    Try a V8 AMG
     
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    Here we go. :doh::rolleyes::crazy:
     
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    The other thing is, if you get the service plan now, pay the £30odd a month, have the £450 service done and then the inspection next year only to want to cancel the plan at the end of the PCP they will take any money owed up to the value of the work done. That's what happened with mine at Xmas when I sold the A45. I had something like £800 of servicing done over 2 years and only paid £700 in payments. Bosh! £100 debited to meet the bill.
     
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    ??? T'is true.

    My service next week on the C63 is £1050. That's for a B service and 30k transmission flush. Not even for plugs and air filters.
     
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