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Hi, is there a list of Independent reliable Toyota mechanics/garages present in the Warwickshire area? I'm looking for someone to service the IQ who knows what they are doing.

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On 10/2/2020 at 4:32 PM, mick787 said:

Hi, is there a list of Independent reliable Toyota mechanics/garages present in the Warwickshire area? I'm looking for someone to service the IQ who knows what they are doing.

Servicing an IQ isn’t exactly rocket science. Anybody who can use basic tools can do it.

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As above...any competent garage should be able to perform a service..check out the "good garage" scheme in your area...or local recommendations...using a main Toyota dealer isn't always as frightening as you might expect.!!

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Thanks for the replies. The car I managed to get is very low mileage. Whilst servicing the car may not be rocket science (and I am sure I'd be able to do a service myself), the warranty we have on the car requires any VAT registered garage to be used. Why have a warranty? Because it has such low, (genuine), mileage. That may be good in some respects, but it can be bad in others, hence a little bit of peace of mind. 

It's all about trust and there are a lot of rogues out there. More rogues than those who can be trusted. The RAC approved dealership we bought it from, sold it with an RAC endorsed check list, yet all 4 tyres needed changing because of splitting. Thankfully I saw those potentially serious defects and negotiated a lower price, many people would not see that. What makes matters worse is that upon looking closely at all the paperwork that came with the car showed it had been checked and the tyres had been passed as not suffering cuts or splitting. That matter is being addressed. Even the MOT from two years previous, showed advisories to the effect that tyres were splitting. All 4 tyres were dated the same age as the car, 7 years old. That latest MOT, a couple of weeks old, did not have any advisory on it! All I ask for is a pointer to someone who can be trusted to do the job they are being paid for.

My past life put me in a position where I dealt with the results of sudden tyre failures and bad vehicle maintenance. Main dealers are much the same. Recommending unnecessary work to be done and not doing work. It's about 'rip off Britain', which is all too common these days.

I don't mind paying, but I expect good honest work and a proper job to be done by those who profess to be specialists in their trade, be it vehicle inspection or vehicle repair/maintenance. So if anyone in the forum knows of a good, honest and reliable indy Toyota dealership preferably in Warwickshire they have used for a few years, please let me know. When you have dealt with what I have dealt with over many years, you may understand why I am so passionate about such a matter.

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Hi mick 787,

I reckon we’ve all asked about independent Toyota services from our respective areas and all had the same answer, ‘errrrr no sorry’, I personally wouldn’t trust our local Toyota dealer to even change the oil, and that was based on asking if someone at the dealership could show me how to pair my phone with bluetooth, they told me my IQ3 was too old for them to bother with (2011), this was nearly 3 yrs ago, needless to say I’ve never been back.

good luck with finding an independent.

Chris

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Thank you Chris, I always try to find an owners forum for the brand of car we have. Personal experience from other owners cant be beat. Maybe I'll find somewhere that can be trusted, time will tell. My son uses a guy in Northampton for his Avensis. One thing is for sure, I'll never touch any dealership involved with the Sytner Group, irrespective of brand, likewise the Lister Group. 

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As far as I'm aware Sytner have sold their Toyota franchises to other groups such as Steven Eagell.

The issue with keeping a list of garages is that a list implies recommendations of standards of work. Some people may have good experiences and others not so good. So what may be a good garage to one person isn't necessarily the case for another.

Aside from that there are already a variety of garage schemes out there which one could choose from - Approved Garages, Approved Garage Scheme, Good Garage Scheme, RAC Approved Garages, Auto Care Garages, AA Garage Guide, Trust My Garage, and so on.

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I understand Frostyballs, each forum is different. As I've said, I bought the car from an RAC approved garage so that name means absolutely nothing in the way of quality assurance to me. Yes I could take the car back, but overall, I think it is a good one. I'd just like to keep it that way, once we've fitted 4 new tyres! 

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