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Is the recession boosting the sharp intake of breath merchants or are they suffering?

I live in close proximity to one that I'm not a massive fan of. They seem to be exceptionally quiet at the moment, even being closed for a day in the week. They used to be really busy...

They only seem to deal with older cars/ bangers. I thought that with people keeping cars instead of buying new ones their business would be on the up. Or are people not even bothering with things like basic servicing?

Anyone got any experiences?

If this particular place went out of business it wouldn't be the end of the world :ph34r:

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Is the recession boosting the sharp intake of breath merchants or are they suffering?

I live in close proximity to one that I'm not a massive fan of. They seem to be exceptionally quiet at the moment, even being closed for a day in the week. They used to be really busy...

They only seem to deal with older cars/ bangers. I thought that with people keeping cars instead of buying new ones their business would be on the up. Or are people not even bothering with things like basic servicing?

Anyone got any experiences?

If this particular place went out of business it wouldn't be the end of the world :ph34r:

I share a site with a non-frachised Peugeot/Citroen specialist and they have been stacked out since new year.Most of their customers run bangers that break down on a regular basis but they hate spending money on cars,ironically they end up spending more like this.

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Stupid people keep these places open. They are nothing more than con men. As are main dealers.

They will not think twice about charging 200 pounds for a clutch cable change, somthing that can be done in about 30 min and cost about a tenner.

But if stupid people keep paying, they will continue to trade.

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i would say the back street garages will do a lot better than main dealers who charge £70 per hour for some 16 year old to do the work.

Ford main dealer once changed my oil during a so called service and i checked it before driving off and the oil was as black as black.

non of these so call 'Back street garages' have even done me wrong

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I get my Polo serviced and MOT'd at a backstreet VW specialist garage, and although it always seems a bit pricey I don't think he's ever suggested work needs to be done when it doesn't really.

Compared with the con-men of Arnold Clark i'd say he was the lesser of two evils.

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My local backstreet garage, which I walk past every day, seems to be busier than ever. Cars spilling onto the street now. Would guess cars are being kept longer and people whose cars are now over 3 years old and out of warranty would probably use backstreet garages rather than mewing to buy a new car. My local one is very good though - been using them for over 10 years for out-of-warranty work. When I've had a new (company) car main dealers have been attrocious in comparison and have regularly tried to rip me off (do you hear me Audi?! :angry: )

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