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I need to take my car, a 2004 Mk 4 vauxhall Astra 'G' for an air conditioning regas & service. Quoted £90 in Vauxhall dealer where I purchased car or half the price of £45 at Kwik Fit. Anyone had experience of having this done at Kwik Fit as I've heard more bad comment & reviews than good. Would prefer to pay the £90 at Vauxhall to be sure of having it done properly. Any comments / advice appreciated.

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my own experience is dont use kwik fit

 

i had a honda accord and took it in for an air con recharge

 

it blew the air con pump

 

it siezed up a week later

 

just my own opinion

 

pay peanuts get monkies

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all depends when it was last done.

if this is a regular service, and you have never had issues, then they cant do anything really bad.

 

if its the first service in more than 2yrs or you have issues with it

take it to vX.

 

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Thanks for your thoughts & quick responses. postggj - Hmm my suspicions confirmed I think. Will stay away from them & go to Vauxhall. As a matter of interest did they sort the problems out in the end as I've also heard that their customer service is pretty dire as well. Only ever been to them for quotes &, after waiting for 20 minutes all their staff seemed fairly unhelpful & ignorant. Didn't instill much confidence to have any actual work done with them.

Their Current TV adverts seem to sum them up ie. We are great at playing the piano & hypnosis but are probably crap at repairing cars !

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the prob is when the pump blew,

the symptoms anly started two or three days later

with in a week i scraped the car,

air con pumps are a bitch to replace

 

try proving it was kwik fit

 

they would just say the age of the vehicle even though no probs before kwil fit

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Whoever you choose to do this job, ensure that it isn't just a top-up of gas, like they do at Halfords. The old gas must be evacuated first, and the system lubricated. We have an excellent mobile man who charges us £35 per car, I think he charges £60 for private work.

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I would not use Kwik Fit, thats speaking from personal experience.

 

theres lots of other smaller firms out there that can do the job, personnaly i would use the main dealer, just incase if there is problems.

The retailers worst nightmare !

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