Posts tagged car service
Volkswagen Golf Electrical Problem

Hi John,

I have a 5yr old Volkswagon Golf. The self-locking passenger door at the front can no longer be opened from the inside or outside! I bought the Golf at Barlow World at Mascot and that is where I have been having it serviced but I would rather not take this problem to them.

Can you please suggest where to go? Do I go to an auto-electrician? I live in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs.

Thank you!



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Car Service Intervals for Low Kilometres

Hi John,

Firstly, love your program on Radio 4BC in Brisbane. Very interesting and entertaining. 

I have a 2012 Mazda3, which has only done 7700kms. Obviously I don't want to pay for the "big" services like the 10,000km/20,000km, etc., but Mazda insist that it's the distance driven OR the time that determines which service is due. How could it need major services when it has such low mileage?

Thanks for your help,


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Can I Get my New Car Serviced by an Independent Mechanic?


You can save hundreds of dollars – and in some cases thousands – if you organize your servicing outside the authorized dealer network. And your warranty absolutely will survive if you play by three simple rules.

Here’s everything you need to know to save big bucks and keep your warranty on track.



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Cheap Car Service: How to Save Real Money

Cheap car service can help prevent a much bigger bill down the track

Cheap car service lays down the same foundations for reliability as reasonable diet and exercise does for you. Unfortunately, cheap car service is also seen by car owners as something of a ‘grudge’ purchase – you pay for car service (even cheap car service) only because if you don’t, your car will let you down. Cheap car service is also one of the first things people scrimp on when times are tight – an example of profoundly false economy when something preventable goes wrong, leaving in its wake a repair bill you can’t jump over.

Here's how to buy into cheap car service cost-effectively

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