Hi, my cars very first service is coming up in November and I don't really want to take it to Toyota. It's £300 for oil + filters... seems rather high. Plus worse parts than the secondary market can offer...
I've got 4 years left on my warranty so I want to keep that intact.
I'm going to a professional garage, will keep receipts for the service + receipts of the oils used (Millers 0w20 + correct subaru oil filter)
Do you think that's okay? Toyota can't moan/complain, claim my warranty is invalid. It would be ludicrous to suggest that a professional garage could not change oil/filters.
I'd just rather give my business to a local garage. For it's second service I'll go to Toyota. But truth be told, I'm not keen on their products they want to use on the car. Oil isn't as good as Millers... etc
I'm not sure where that leaves you with the air filter, as it's probably equal to the OEM specification, but not actually an OEM part.
That said, I'm not even sure they check. I've been having the car serviced at Abbey Motorsport for the 7 years I've owned it. In the few times I've had to take it in for warranty work, no one even asked about the service history.
My experience of warranty claims (not just with Toyota) is that it's always a lot easier if the car has a full main dealer service history.
You may also want to consider the effect on resale value of the car. I wouldn't even look at buying a car without full main dealer service history, especially if the first service was outside the dealer network.
I can't imagine they can force me to use Toyota oil. So I think the fact I'm using the correct oil viscosity + correct OEM oil filter. The air filter... I'll just get them to put in the OEM Toyota one I took out and then I'll chuck in my Apexi afterwards.
Thanks for the advice guys.
I'll still go independent, because one it saves me money. And two I like my local garage, they're good guys and it feels good to support local business. As for not buying a car without full main dealer history, well you're the rarity for it. Because providing everything has been done properly and there is documentation to prove it, where's the issue?
I'll go to Toyota from year 2, but the year 1 service is a bit of a joke. (I've already replaced my oil, at 1k miles and it's only @ 2300 now)
If you think the year 1 price of £250 is a joke then your going to love the £395 for year two
As to rarity. I didn't even bother looking at gt86s with out a full Toyota service history. It would be interesting to know how many club members did though
It's not a question of money, it's a question of principle.
£395 for a full service, which year 2 is, isn't so bad. I object to paying £250 for them to change oil + a filter.
Oil and Filters could be changed by a monkey. (I can do it... so enough said )
As for not buying with full main dealer, meh, you're in the minority. We're in the minority just for being on this forum. Providing it has been serviced and full records are there, I imagine 90% of the population don't bat an eyelid. Not everyone is a car lover like we obsess over. We are the minority.