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Old 12 September 2015, 04:58   #1
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First Service Cost - Major Shock!!

I've just got the bill through the post for my Merc 115 4 stroke 20 hr service...

360

Is this the going rate or are they taking the P?

Sadly, not many places to choose from up here. It's an hour and a half drive to where I took it (closest place) as it is.

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Old 12 September 2015, 05:20   #2
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Service charges do seem a rip off
If your ok working with tools why not have a go yourself? It's only information access that's holding us back and maybe a special tool here and there, you tube can be helpful
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Old 12 September 2015, 05:21   #3
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That does sound a BIT steep for a Ist low hours med size engine service....
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You may want to ring around a bit?...point out its a new? engine and that you'd continue to use that engineer in the future too....that often helps to get a "Deal"
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Old 12 September 2015, 05:23   #4
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And maybe time, inclination and other better things to do!!
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Old 12 September 2015, 05:35   #5
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Presumably you discussed the cost before you handed the engine over, and that was either what you agreed or they've discovered some specific issues that needed addressing (in which case your complaint might really be with whoever installed it!). Take off vat, take off the engine and gearbox oil, and disposal costs, replacement filters, etc then they seem to have spent something like 4 hours on it afterwards. Thats quite a lot of time to just check everything over, tighten and grease stuff etc. BUT its not totally ridiculous, and if they are actually competent and thorough and it costs that much far better than someone who gives it a wipe with an oily rag, changes the oil and bills you half as much.
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Old 12 September 2015, 06:10   #6
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My Suzy 90 was 125 ish!! for its first service. The dealer told me it was basically an oil change. An annual service will be 250.
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Old 12 September 2015, 07:49   #7
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Done 1 last week engine oil an filter change . New gear oil was about 70 in bits an 60 labour
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My zuke 200 was under 200. 2nd service.
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Old 12 September 2015, 08:26   #9
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That was about what Pennine Marine quoted me for a 20hr on the 140. In the end I got it done for a lot less elsewhere but it seems there are main dealers out there who reckon that's what the market will bear.
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360 does seem high for an initial 20 hr service which is basically a check and change of oil and oil filter.

Have you got an itemised bill which breaks everything down? if not I'd ask for one. As a guide the relevant consumables I paid for on the last main agent service I had we was
34 for 5.5l of oil
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