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# 29380 5-Jan-2009 15:53
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Hi guys,

I have a Honda Civic that is due for a service.  A full service costs $250 whereas a partial service (lube and oil change) costs $140.

The car has been brilliant over the past 12 months, no issues at all.  Is a full service really required or should I go for the less expensive option?

Your thoughts?  Thanks!

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  # 187555 5-Jan-2009 16:00
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How many kms has it done? Consult your Honda dealer, and do whatever servicing the handbook says is required.

Dont skimp on it - some vehicles need certain things done at certain times, especially new cars requiring specific things checked or replaced.









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  # 187558 5-Jan-2009 16:03
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Thanks for your response.  It has done around 13,000 kms. 

Would a full service improve the resale value in the future?

 
 
 
 


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  # 187563 5-Jan-2009 16:07
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I'd go for the full service.

It wont really affect resale value unless you keep a log of every service it has and long as theres been no major issue with the car, then you might get a few extra dollars more when it comes to selling but overall, no, not really.

Ive been using my mothers 97 Prelude for the past 4 months, brilliant car, high mileage at 230k but its had regular service by Honda but if she tried selling, she'd get nothing for it because theres lower K cars available - but they may not have had regaulr services etc.

Too many people actually put more faith in lower K's than the care of the car.

A 10k car thats been thrashed to hell will most likely die before my mothers 230k car Wink




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  # 187566 5-Jan-2009 16:11
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One thing to be aware of is your obligations under the factory warranty. I don't know how specific the Honda one is but some manufacturers require you to have your vehicle serviced by an authorised dealer and follow their service program or you may find them rejecting any claims under this warranty if they find you are at fault.



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  # 187570 5-Jan-2009 16:18
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xpd: I'd go for the full service.

It wont really affect resale value unless you keep a log of every service it has and long as theres been no major issue with the car, then you might get a few extra dollars more when it comes to selling but overall, no, not really.

Ive been using my mothers 97 Prelude for the past 4 months, brilliant car, high mileage at 230k but its had regular service by Honda but if she tried selling, she'd get nothing for it because theres lower K cars available - but they may not have had regaulr services etc.

Too many people actually put more faith in lower K's than the care of the car.

A 10k car thats been thrashed to hell will most likely die before my mothers 230k car Wink


True, it is how you care for your car rather than relying on the ks done.  You are right!

My 10k car has been driven like a nana so no issues there, haha.



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  # 187571 5-Jan-2009 16:19
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sbiddle: One thing to be aware of is your obligations under the factory warranty. I don't know how specific the Honda one is but some manufacturers require you to have your vehicle serviced by an authorised dealer and follow their service program or you may find them rejecting any claims under this warranty if they find you are at fault.


Very good point sbiddle, I will check the servicing booklet!

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  # 187577 5-Jan-2009 16:23
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tonyhughes: Consult your Honda dealer.

Especially while car is under warranty.

tonyhughes: Consult your Honda dealer.

Especially while car is under warranty.

tonyhughes: Consult your Honda dealer.

Especially while car is under warranty.







 
 
 
 


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  # 187579 5-Jan-2009 16:28
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You're driving a new (well, now one year old) Civic which cost around $30K or so and you're worried about the difference between $250 and $140?  Why not flag the service altogether and save the $140?



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  # 187581 5-Jan-2009 16:30
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bazzer: You're driving a new (well, now one year old) Civic which cost around $30K or so and you're worried about the difference between $250 and $140?  Why not flag the service altogether and save the $140?


Haha yeah, the thing is that people say the full service is a rip off.  Well, I will go for the full service just for a peace of mind.

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