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Let me introduce my self been lurking on here for about a year, and have gained some very good advice from this forum, thanks to all. This is my first Porsche.

The car spec. (for those of you who like this stuff) 981 Boxster 2.7 2015 in Guards Red. 20 inch Carrera S wheels in satin platinum, PCM, park assist F&R, cruise, PDK, SD wheel, SE, 2 Zone climate, Heated seats, plus a few bits I've forgotten.

I purchased my car at three years old from Porsche Hatfield with 7500 miles on the clock and one prior owner, with the two years OPC warranty. The car is now due its second service, the first in my ownership 4years/40000 miles. The car is now on 10500 miles approximately.

So now the fun part 😃 OPC Hatfield want £1380.84 local to me 

                                           OPC Cambridge want £1199.89 not to far from me

                                           OPC Colchester want £1077.18   1.5 miles away

                                           OPC Silverstone want £975.00 the only OPC vaguely close to me 1.5 hours away!  But they are on the fixed priced service menu. 

I wasn't expecting Porsche service to be cheap but wasn't expecting such a price difference, BTW all prices are based on me being a PCGB member.

The car is an absolute joy to drive and I've no faults to report to add on to the service, apart from MOT and airbag recall. The car is booked in with Silverstone towards the end of this month for all work to be done. I'll report back when this has taken place. Let's hope I've chosen the right OPC it would appear reviews for all the above OPC's vary so we'll see. 

Any thoughts on the above pricing?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This pricing seems better and before PCGB discount http://www.porschebrooklands.co.uk/owner-services/porsche-service-centre-brooklands-servicing    

Warranties are sold for a reason, they make money off of them.  You pays your money, (or not) you takes your chances.

Well, I see that Revolution offer a Premium Protection Plan that provides warranty cover plus free servicing, the cost is............yep  £100 per month! So the same as my OPC is quoting for a 4

Under warranty so I would take it to the cheapest OPC and book a loan car well in advance.

You will get some people say that it wont affect the warranty taking it to an Indi but if It was my 4 year old car I would take it to the OPC and get the stamp and know the warranty has no issues whatsoever in the final year.

Out of curiosity whats the discount on OPC servicing for PCGB - 10%?

You pay your money you take your choice.

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4 minutes ago, Scubaregs said:

Hi and welcome. Did you consider using an independent specialist ?

 

I've got 1 year left of a 2 year OPC warranty, so can't use an independent. Although if they can prove to be using genuine parts etc I could , I just didn't want any wiggle room for OPC to use.

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4 minutes ago, jason3.2s said:

Under warranty so I would take it to the cheapest OPC and book a loan car well in advance.

You will get some people say that it wont affect the warranty taking it to an Indi but if It was my 4 year old car I would take it to the OPC and get the stamp and know the warranty has no issues whatsoever in the final year.

Out of curiosity whats the discount on OPC servicing for PCGB - 10%?

You pay your money you take your choice.

^^^^^^^

This exactly. 

PCGB discount is I believe 10% off parts.

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Your warranty is not affected if the service schedule is adhered to and genuine parts used, however I can relate to the "OPC peace of minds" bit.

I''ve seen fixed price at around £700 from OPC's but that may have been for the 20,000 mile service.

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I recently used Silverstone for exactly this reason. Reading were over £1600

Everything went well, they have lots of Panamera courtesy cars, mine was a hybrid.

Only thing is....oil level is showing 2 or 3 bars below full. They did put a 1L bottle in the front boot along with screen wash. Too bad they didn't put the oil in the engine! Wonder if it's that they didn't reset the level correctly? Suggest you check on this with yours.

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5 hours ago, BarrySt said:

I recently used Silverstone for exactly this reason. Reading were over £1600

Everything went well, they have lots of Panamera courtesy cars, mine was a hybrid.

Only thing is....oil level is showing 2 or 3 bars below full. They did put a 1L bottle in the front boot along with screen wash. Too bad they didn't put the oil in the engine! Wonder if it's that they didn't reset the level correctly? Suggest you check on this with yours.

I alwasy used Silverstone and found them vague when it came to quoting and advising up front what the fixed price service actually was... a Major service with all of them shoould be closer to £600 IIRC plus possibly belts/plugs and BS tyre gunk etc

I understand why you'd want to keep the peace of mind thing as far as the warranty though....my last service was done o/s of Porsche at an Indie and they didnt even pick it up when I had my roof replaced under goodwill (aka because they thought I kept both cars in network for servicing etc)

 

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12 hours ago, Green Genie said:

^^^^^^^

This exactly. 

PCGB discount is I believe 10% off parts.

Costs £70 to join , not many parts are used its the oil thats pricey, you can supply your own for half the price.Labour @£200 an hr 😯

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38 minutes ago, jason3.2s said:

Indy pricing vs Brooklands is circa £200 different (including a nice car for the day) and a Porsche stamp in the book.

On a 981 onwards this looks a no brainer to me.

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2 hours ago, MIkeyv60 said:

Costs £70 to join , not many parts are used its the oil thats pricey, you can supply your own for half the price.Labour @£200 an hr 😯

It didn't cross my mind to wave my PCGB card at my OPC....

I do enjoy the PCGB track days and other events throughout the year and the glossy mag' so what's not to like!!

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On 10/1/2019 at 7:18 PM, BarrySt said:

I recently used Silverstone for exactly this reason. Reading were over £1600

Everything went well, they have lots of Panamera courtesy cars, mine was a hybrid.

Only thing is....oil level is showing 2 or 3 bars below full. They did put a 1L bottle in the front boot along with screen wash. Too bad they didn't put the oil in the engine! Wonder if it's that they didn't reset the level correctly? Suggest you check on this with yours.

I took mine to Reading last year as that’s where I bought the car from, my service was something like £1,700 all in

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Just had mine done at Solihull. Car is five years old with 20k miles but had brake fluid and spark plugs done when I bought it six months earlier from Solihull OPC. They gave me a generous discount to cover the impending service at time of purchase. The original owner serviced it at one year old so it was slightly out of sequence so I intended to have the six year service done (inc belt and air filter).

Hatfield quoted £1,380 whilst Solihull quoted £655 (fixed price £775 less brake fluid already done at pdc).

As it happened they didn’t note my request for the belt and filter and charged me around £550. The belt will thus be overdue by a year next time a service is due. I complained and they will fit belt and filter for parts cost only next time I’m passing.

Not perfect but a satisfactory outcome and much cheaper than Hatfield. I got to borrow a new Cayman GTS for the day too.

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Just booked my 981s in for its year 6 service, although Colchester Porsche is now outside Porsche menu pricing (left it in March this year), they have given me a discount to their usual cost of £850, down to £800. Which is the service plus Brake fluid change, Drive belt change, and Airfilter change.

Does anyone have a idea,  regarding keeping residual values in the car, at what point approximately does it cease to make financial sense in keeping inside the Porsche network for servicing? ie at year 8 say, you can go to a Indy still specify Porsche parts, (for warranty sake) save X amount on cost and not lose gain on cars resale value.

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Its not uncommon to get varying prices from OPC's tbh. I'm roughly equidistant from Leicester, Cambridge and Silverstone and did the ring round for an 8 years service on my 987. Silverstone and Leicester (both Sytner companies) were roughly the same but Leicester would give a little discount whilst Silverstone wouldn't. 

Cambridge were about 30% more expensive. I emailed the dealer principal just to let him know and to ask why. His response was basically that they had work coming out of their ears and consequently were not interested in being competitive on price. Always worth ringing round as they are willing to do discounts if they need the work.

 

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For the 4 year service on my car I negotiated the price down from the fixed price menu by asking the OPC (Portsmouth) to match a local indie. They didn't quite get there but from memory I think I saved about 20%.

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On 10/3/2019 at 2:29 PM, Green Genie said:

Ill be buggered if Silverstone quoted from that menu when I was last there in 2017 for a 4yr/40k...they didnt even do the plugs for that price IIRC

here it is from 2017...see how the prices have changed..

http://stuart-brown.photography/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Boxster-Cayman-Type-981-from-2017.pdf

 

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2 hours ago, Stuart21UK said:

Ill be buggered if Silverstone quoted from that menu when I was last there in 2017 for a 4yr/40k...they didnt even do the plugs for that price IIRC

here it is from 2017...see how the prices have changed..

http://stuart-brown.photography/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Boxster-Cayman-Type-981-from-2017.pdf

 

You've got to love the last line of the above link....  note the small print, "or varied at any time" 

*Participating Centres only. Fixed price tariffs may be withdrawn or varied at any time. **Subject to availability. 

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Just been quoted £900 by Cardiff ops for a 4 year service. They say the service includes a belt and spark plug check.....aren’t these supposed to be hanged at 4 years regardless?

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