Any recommendations for a place to get your car serviced? I currently use the NRMA and it’s so expensive every single time. Thanks!
By - Affectionate-Ice-308
Wallsend Automotive have always been good to me. I have been using them for over a decade and they've never given me a reason to go elsewhere.
Paull Brambles automotive in maryville
Paul Bramble in Maryville and GS Mechanical in Gateshead
City, suburbs, near the lake, east or west? Narrow it down mate
No need for that. I’m happy to travel for a good person.
Redhead automotive. Great mechanics and are really honest guys. Definitely the best mechanics in Newcastle
I used to go to Duncan & West in Newcastle West and they sold on to a business in Georgetown. The name is still there. I haven't been back in a while. New car, different area, not convenient for us now.
They’re in Georgetown. Duncan hasn’t been part of the business for a very long time
Last time I was there was about 2 years ago and Chris was working there. I've given that car to my daughter now but she's no longer in Newcastle so no reason to go back there.
That is good news. He must have come back.
Kotara Motorserve? I go there too, and I’m sure they do upselling.
Yeah I’m so over spending so much money
Give [O'Sullivan's Mobile Mechanics](https://www.facebook.com/ommechanics1) a go.
Dean is a top, top bloke.
Nova Auto Innovations at Charlestown
They're Google rating is well justified
I definitely agree. Although I was surprised to see the log book service is now $165. The last time I went (two years earlier) it was still only $99. But when I checked on google, $165 was still the cheapest I could find. And I have been happy with their work. The only problem for me is the travel to Charlestown. I used to live close to their old workshop in Hamilton, so I was a bit peeved when that one closed down. But the Charlestown workshop is in easy walking distance to the shopping centre, so at least you have something to do while waiting for them to finish the servicing.
Totally, same here. Found them because they were the closest when I lived in Hamilton. Stuck with them for the work they do.
And like you said, shopping centre nearby, I usually go watch a movie 🤓
Optimus Automotive in Cardiff are bloody legends.
Euro Precision Automotive out at Maitland
Nova auto innovations Swansea nsw
Don’t go to a small family owned buisness you’ll get scammed
Yeah, go to a dealership where they put a first year apprentice on your car who is 16 and doesn't even have a licence, but charges you premium because they are "trained specialists".
I went to a local mechanic because it was near where I worked it was family owned. I was charged $509 for a basic service where they didn’t replace anything just “inspected” and a pink slip
Have you considered negotiating a price before leaving your vehicle there?
Not how mechanics work bruv I understand cars and know enough to now how much a basic service should be
You're the one that paid $509, not me. If you left your car somewhere without any agreement before hand you're a fool, regardless if you "know how mechanics work".
Personally, I've always serviced my own vehicles except for when in warranty. But regardless of mechanical knowledge, it's basic communication to speak with the service provider before leaving your property with them, regardless of the industry.
I also reckon there is more to the story regarding your $509. Pink slips are a regulated cost for all mechanics in nsw, and an inspection for tyres compared to say a clutch inspection is a considerably different amount of labour. Just saying "inspection" means little.
Not that deep. I don’t care I payed $509 but I just won’t go back there. I too like to work on my car but I’m not giving myself a pink slip.
I got charged $300 in labour across like 7 hours on a Friday pick and up and drop off it was dead they must’ve held my car there for the sheer sake of charging me $300 ( took advantage of the green P plates)
Like $50 for a slip then like $50 for a oil filter bunch of other lacked charges
> care I *paid* $509 but
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It's gotten out of hand. A regular service with just an oil change and fluid top up shouldn't cost more than $220. Places asking 350+ sometimes for a basic service and check over is robbery. Bike shops are even worse, I hadn't had a bike professionally serviced for a few years so I sent it to the shop for a proper check up. They wanted $450. They only changed the oil and lubed the chain and controls.