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Reliable mechanic for PPI in London

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Reliable mechanic for PPI in London

Looking to get a used car and will of course have a PPI done by an independent shop. Some of the vehicles I am looking at are in London. Which is over a hour away and then it takes that long to get anywhere in that traffic accursed city... So, not too enthused about having to drive back home to my preferred shop, wait for the car to be done and then have to take the car back. All after work in one day.

So was wondering if anyone could recommend a good shop that they personally USE and TRUST in London that will do one honestly. And since this is RFD hoping to get it done for under 150.00. As that is just about what it would cost me to pay the gas back and forth and have my trusted shop here to do a FULL safety inspection, including what I could expect to have repair in the near future, and not just a quick glance for condition which is only 40.00 here.

Thanks in advance.
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Depending on the car it may be worth looking into specialists who may have experience of model specific issues / weaknesses. You should also google those yourself.

My father in-law has used Byron Automotive in West London for many years and has always been very pleased with their service and value. They are very experienced there and you can look at their reviews also.

As a side note I am surprised that used vehicles in London would be cheaper than elsewhere - I have usually found vehicles here more expensive for what they are. I bought my last car from a dealer in Hamilton.
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Martin (deal addict) wrote: Depending on the car it may be worth looking into specialists who may have experience of model specific issues / weaknesses. You should also google those yourself.
Thanks for the reply I have heard of Byron Automotive... I am looking at a Ford Fusion simply because of comfort and price. So I think any decent shop would be able to look at one and assess the suspension, and brakes and their current condition vs when they would need work... Also more importantly whether it has been in an accident or not. Car fax says it is clean but that isn't worth the ink to print one as we all know. I also want to have a look underneath myself, which I can do at various shops here in town.

As for pricing it is decent if this particular vehicle checks out. But yeah on average a lot of car owners and dealers in London seem to think their offerings have some sort of magical gold plating only they can see, that makes them worth 1000.00's more than anywhere else LOL.
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Canuck2fan wrote: Thanks for the reply I have heard of Byron Automotive... I am looking at a Ford Fusion simply because of comfort and price. So I think any decent shop would be able to look at one and assess the suspension, and brakes current condition. Also more importantly whether it has been in an accident or not. Car fax says it is clean but that isn't worth the ink to print one as we all know. I also want to have a look underneath myself, which I can do at various shops here in town.

As for pricing it is decent if this particular vehicle checks out. But yeah on average a lot of car owners and dealers in London seem to think their offerings have some sort of magical gold plating only they can see, that makes them worth 1000.00's more than anywhere else LOL.
Is it a hybrid or an energi? Been looking at energis lately myself and using "plug n drive" rebate.
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Martin (deal addict) wrote: Is it a hybrid or an energi? Been looking at energis lately myself and using "plug n drive" rebate.
No it is a 2016 SE with a 2.5L NA I am not a fan of turbos or ecoboost tech for my driving habits. I have a 5 minute commute to work 5 or 6 days a week. Then about 4 times a week max I have a 10 minute drive to visit a family member in long term care out of town so fuel cost is not a problem. From my research the 2.5 L is fairly reliable if you change the oil...
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Canuck2fan wrote: No it is a 2016 SE with a 2.5L NA I am not a fan of turbos or ecoboost tech for my driving habits. I have a 5 minute commute to work 5 or 6 days a week. Then about 4 times a week max I have a 10 minute drive to visit a family member in long term care out of town so fuel cost is not a problem. From my research the 2.5 L is fairly reliable if you change the oil...
Makes sense - the hybrids and energi (PHEV) use the 2.OL Atkins cycle engines which are non-turbo and a downsized version of the 2.5L unit. Energi would be great for short trips in EV mode.
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Dave Collver in north west London is very decent. Been around a long time with a faithful following of customers.

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