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Hi Guys, its been long, hope everyone are keeping safe in these troubling times.

Quick update, my Q3 is out of the PCP and my initial idea was to exchange it for a newer model but Covid threw a spanner into that and I couldn't test drive models so decided to keep mine, as 4 years down, it only has 21K miles on the clock and I bought it brand new.

Servicing wise, Audi always did once every 2 years with oil top-up almost 2-3 times a year. Now since it is out of any sort of contract, I was looking at other dealers for service and Halfords was recommended to me by my friends. Even I just got my other car (Ford) done by Halfords and they did a pretty got job at it. Costed me £440 but 2 tyres changed, air con fully serviced and re-gassed, rear coil spring changed along with interim service and MOT. (You guys tell me if that is an ok price to pay)

So I'm planning to take my Q3 serviced as well and looking at my mileage he advised an interim service as spark plus etc. do not need to be changed until 60K according to the Audi guide book and same is the case with Brake Fluid. Now, its been 2 years since my Q3 has any sort of servicing, so based on that, is that the right thing to do? Also, would love to know if anyone else used Halfords for getting their Q3 serviced.

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Ravs
 

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TBH you'd be far better advised to find a good local VAG indie who can interrogate the Great AUDI Computer at Ingolstadt to read and maintain the full service history for you. There are certain specialist items that Halfords are not going to be able to handle for you, the Haldex unit being the most important example (assuming it's a Quattro). If it is not serviced regularly or properly (every three years as a minimum) enough you will end up with a 2WD Q3 and a very large repair bill.

Have a look at this thread to see if there's a recommended indie near you, failing that research your own local area for one. Their pricing will be way cheaper than a main dealer but you will find the necessary special tools, expertise and specialist knowledge you need there.
 

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Before I’d even read Gromit’s reply, I was formulating my reply. Independent VAG specialist.

Every town or area has a guy who specialises in Vw - Audi cars..... uses genuine parts, was trained by and cut his teeth in a local dealership. Has access to the proper computer software, BUT charges £20 an hour instead of £80 an hour.

If you can’t find him, ask a friend to get their teenage kid to look on social media for you,
 

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Looks like Ravs is in North Yorkshire - and ideas for a Indie chaps?
 

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Not to get on the band wagon with the stigma around places like Halfords but your friend must of had a lucky experience with someone half decent there, rule of thumb they're not technicians or real world mechanics but are fitters, basically "parts swappers" and in my opinion shouldn't be trusted with prestige vehicles.

Find yourself an independent VAG specialist, you'll get better service than dealerships at a fraction of the cost, often these indies are ex dealership technicians who have set up their own business and carry over decades of experience with the brand, they are more inclined to diagnose and fix the real issues rather than at dealerships having a service advisor who up sell parts you dont always need.

My opinion, its a fair price but im always wary they actually carry out the work quoted
2 x tyres fitted ~£150 dependent on brand
Aircon service and regas £80
Coil spring and labour £80 (should of been done in a pair and under the assumption they used a motorfactor for a pattern part rather than OEM)
Oil/filter £60
MOT £50

I get it to £420 but then ive just checked what their interim service covers and how much to see the price starts from £99 which is far too much for just oil and filter which will stand them around £15! so that makes it around £460.. could of spent the same or less at at indie and the experience, quality of parts and workmanship would of been far superior, indies will use TPS for genuine VAG parts btw, the same place dealerships get their parts from before they stick their commission on.
 

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Looks like Ravs is in North Yorkshire - and ideas for a Indie chaps?
IVC Leeds pops up on google and judging by their website they look just the place!
 

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Thanks a lot for your suggestions guys. I am based in Yarm, Teesside .. I will look around to see if I can find any near me. Main thing will be to find someone with good reputation as quite a few of them advertise as Audi experts but have horrendous reviews!
 

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Not used them myself but have heard good reports about Vasstech at Northallerton -

Cheers Spike
 
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