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Topic # 143761 26-Apr-2014 10:16
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Are we alone in this ... I suspect we're not.  Your views ..

Parents have a Camry 98, cambelt is in need bought at 90k as an import and now 210k, was purchased in 2007-08.  Drive belts came off so the mechanic came to the supermarket carpark and yanked out and they drove to their place.  No tow fee.  But they did had to pay a bit more for a pulley.  $450 ish all up.  Now they say they don't care about the timing belt and when it dies, they will get a tow and they can fix it then or they might just get another car as the car now is not worth much $1.5k on Trademe or maybe $1.1k due to the scratch paint finish was bought like that, probably used a a delivery wagon in Japan.  They got it for $5k at Turners.  But yeah we're in Wellington the Toyota guys want $1100 for the cambelt + waterpump etc for it, someone else on Trademe can do $500, if Toyota only do the belt that would be $800 for that one item. 

Other than last year when I did it - they would have spent their life going to the mechanic for WOF, they had never replaced even a air filter.  They only did the oil and oil filter and the sparks, battery, brakes, tyres when it had issues ie - difficult starting or cannot pass the WOF or makes noise.  I guess one time, the last the access. belt came off but the other times it made noise then they took it to the garage but it was Xmas period so they had to use another but the guy wasn't that great and that fell out a day or two afterwards - was a franchise place just near their home. 


Even with the WOF.  Is there a grace period?  So they take the car for the WOF 1 or 2 weeks after it expires, get a new WOF and therefore the next expiry gets pushed back 2 weeks.  And .. so after each other WOF he does the same thing. 

Cheers.

PS - it is a non interference engine.  They don't do long trips, 99.5% 30kms return daily.  The last time they drove out of Wellington was maybe 5yr ago.  Kapiti maybe even never.  Masterton / Wanganui was maybe 15yrs ago.

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  Reply # 1031454 26-Apr-2014 10:16
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Hmmmm. Here we go.




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  Reply # 1031480 26-Apr-2014 11:06
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Toyota service is around double to triple what other mechanics charge, definitely shop around - trademe may not be the best route.  Where are you?

I suspect wof starts when the old one finished unless you make some special application. I know registration is like that, suspect wof is. If you get your wof a week before the old one expires the expiry date is 6 months/a year from the date of the last one, not from the date of the wof.

I suspect you'll get more help if you write more concisely, with proper sentence structure. Your post is confusing.




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  Reply # 1031487 26-Apr-2014 11:27
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I've never tried running a car on the cheap like that.

If it needs work, I get it done. At present one of my cars (a Toyota) is under warranty so all service work is done at the dealer. For the other two (Honda Jazz and Mitsubisho Pajero) normal oil/filter stuff is done at the local garage. Out of the ordinary stuff is done at the main dealers.

The only one which has had a cam belt issue was the Paj; we were quoted circa $1250 to do it and would have, until a Grab One offer popped up from a different Mitsi main dealer offering a cam belt change for about $600! We grabbed that and had the water pump done at the same time.

I guess it depends on the value of the vehicle and so on but for me, timely and proper maintenance is just part of the ownership and failure to get it done almost always ends up costing more later.





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  Reply # 1031491 26-Apr-2014 11:29
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Why would you push back the wof? False economy? Hiding from the reality that the car needs work?
It sounds like a death trap waiting to happen......

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  Reply # 1031500 26-Apr-2014 11:45
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SpookyAwol: It sounds like a death trap waiting to happen......


I agree. If the car is uneconomic to maintain then it's time to send it to the scrap heap.

I thought we covered this off in another thread recently anyway.



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  Reply # 1031516 26-Apr-2014 12:23
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They're in Johnsonville - Wellington. 

I don't think they will go thru with it.  When it does breakdown then they would consider it.  Yeah there was a grabone and a dealer - both from AKL for the special prices.  Wellington don't get those promotions.  They think that why spend an more money on it if it is fine now, but in 2 or 4yrs something else might go wrong. 

It's like the tyre, it meets the WOF pass they were told to get new tyres but they get them just a few days they went in for the new WOF (6 months later).  They only do 12-15k's per year.  It's not just about the date of the WOF I think, it's about when to depart the WOF money also.  There generally is nothing to fix for the WOF.  Tyres, brakes that's generally about it.  With their neglect there hasn't been any real work. 

I would suspect that many avg motorist may take this approach.  If it passes the WOF any thing else is optional.

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  Reply # 1031521 26-Apr-2014 12:42
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Just admit it that they are tight and cheap and don't go for rides with them in their car.




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  Reply # 1031523 26-Apr-2014 12:44
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they have not spent a cent on it. payback time. no free lunch. $1100 divided by x years.

if you don't want to pay then don't spend any more on it now.

if you find a cheap mechanic should be under $500 for the cambelt only - unless the access is much worse compared to a 1999 corolla then i could see how the labour could be $700 (the belt itself is not expensive). of course the mechanics have caught on to how the plumbers make so much money and they are now charging plumber rates.

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  Reply # 1031538 26-Apr-2014 13:25
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Any good reason why raytaylor didn't use the thread on the same subject he started just about ten days ago? 

Locking this. If you want to continue use the existing discussion. Do no start endless number of discussion about the same topic. Nothing changed. You can find your discussions in your own public profile page. Do not be lazy folks.






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