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Old 6th October 2015, 12:22   #91
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What's the best place to get a 2007 Laura 1.9PD M/T serviced (90k km) in Bangalore?
Try the Bosch Service Centre in Rajajinagar. Have heard good things about them
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@ajmat: How does Pete's at Whitefield compare?
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Hi Dilip,

Did you use the services of United Motors?
How did you find their services to be?
A friend of me owning a Chevrolet Optra screwed up his ECM during LPG kit installation, the issue was fixed by United Motors when ASC guys were clueless.
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My Skoda Laura (L&K) Diesel Automatic was purchased in May 2008 and has done 1.24 lakh km.

I was wondering if anyone has at least one year experience dealing with a reliable non skoda service center in the Hyderabad / Secunderabad area.

Here's the main problem...

AC compressor was changed in 2009 under factory warranty. Now AC is not cooling once again. (actually it is cooling only after about 30-40 minutes and/or erratically but ASS said compressor is kaput and quoted Rs 85,000 for new compressor)

All the services so far have been done at ASS.

Car is worth only about 4 lakhs and even though I love the car I can't bring myself up to spend so much. Is there any reliable workshop you guys trust with skoda or other high end cars?

In future I also plan to get my skoda serviced elsewhere if I can find a good workshop.

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Replace your compressor with a Sanden one. Go to a car AC specialist, not the dealer
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AC compressor was changed in 2009 under factory warranty. Now AC is not cooling once again. (actually it is cooling only after about 30-40 minutes and/or erratically but ASS said compressor is kaput and quoted Rs 85,000 for new compressor)



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Skoda ac spares actually cost a bomb at ASS rates. If you go for the stock parts then the quote given looks legit as they change the condenser as we'll along with comp. which is the right procedure. If you retrofit with other available similar performance parts like Sanden or HCC etc, your cost would be about half or less. FNG of course.
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Since our community is dealing with horrors of Skoda Stories and their uncompetitive service network. Here we compile the list of reliable mechanic in your area, to service your Skodas or any car for that matter.

Ahmedabad
AC problems:
Atlantic Air, behind cama motors
Khanpur, AHmedabad. Imran Qureshi

Electrical Problems
Mr Naseer. same place as above

Mechinical Problems
Amin Automobile

PS: Mod please merge if already exisiting.
@SirAlec, I just shifted to Ahmedabad from bangalore. Are you still aware of somebody who can help me maintain my 2008 Skoda Laura? I tried looking for one, but no reliable information found on Amin automobiles as well.
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Hello fellow BHPians. I'm looking for any leads on a non-dealer skoda service center in Bangalore to maintain my Skoda Laura 1.9 TDi DSG. Any pointers/ suggestions will be highly appreciated.
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Hello fellow BHPians. I'm looking for any leads on a non-dealer skoda service center in Bangalore to maintain my Skoda Laura 1.9 TDi DSG. Any pointers/ suggestions will be highly appreciated.
Hi FireFoot,

Contact Mr. GAnesh - 9448911455 who has a workshop near Rajajinagar and I have read in this forum someone mentioning he gives service in your location also. SO just call him and check with him.
If you get your car serviced/checked with him please share your experience here.
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Hi,

I have a similar Laura in Bangalore that has clocked 1.24 Lakh km. Till this year I used to get my car serviced at ASS. This time I tried an online service aggregator called Pitstop who referred me to a service station off Old Madras Road - Called Force Garage or so off Old Madras Road. The owner Mahesh seems to be a knowledgeable person. However for critical issues I am not sure how he is. For AC there is a very reliable guy near Sony world Koramangala - he will fix Laura AC issues better than the ASS :-). As you may have seen United Motors Bosch in North Bangalore is equally good. Good luck!

I still recommend for the DSG , Turbo/Inter cooler etc better you take to the ASS. Did not know that Pete's may service Laura , has anybody done this ?

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Did not know that Pete's may service Laura , has anybody done this ?
I have - he charges 16k for a regular service (with consumable and filter replacements).

He'll push for a 10w60 OWS engine oil - just ensure it meets your engine spec (VW 507 00, etc.) If it doesn't get the right spec oil in.

For services such as bleeding, he'll take the car to a nearby Bosch. And for other specialist services, to an appropriate ASS itself (if I understood him correctly).
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Hi FireFoot,

Contact Mr. GAnesh - 9448911455 who has a workshop near Rajajinagar and I have read in this forum someone mentioning he gives service in your location also. SO just call him and check with him.
If you get your car serviced/checked with him please share your experience here.

I spoke with Mr. Ganesh. Unfortunately he was going to be out of town for a few days and asked me to contact him at a later time. Have you used his services personally or was he recommended to you?

I, recently, came across Wheels Wisdom (http://www.wheelswisdom.com/) Though I don't know anyone in person who has used their services, I'm thinking of trying their services once solely on the basis of the reviews they have on their Facebook page - not a single bad one. Their business model seems to be confidence inspiring from the telephonic conversation I had with them. But again, this falls under 'untested waters' category.

I may have an update within a month or so. I'll certainly keep the thread updated.
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I spoke with Mr. Ganesh. Unfortunately he was going to be out of town for a few days and asked me to contact him at a later time. Have you used his services personally or was he recommended to you?

I, recently, came across Wheels Wisdom (http://www.wheelswisdom.com/) Though I don't know anyone in person who has used their services, I'm thinking of trying their services once solely on the basis of the reviews they have on their Facebook page - not a single bad one. Their business model seems to be confidence inspiring from the telephonic conversation I had with them. But again, this falls under 'untested waters' category.

I may have an update within a month or so. I'll certainly keep the thread updated.
I have not used his service, but I have read some people recommending his name here in this forum.
Any-ways is your car due for periodic service? or you want it for any other purpose?
Let us know your experience here with (http://www.wheelswisdom.com/) if you happen to visit them.
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I, recently, came across Wheels Wisdom (http://www.wheelswisdom.com/) Though I don't know anyone in person who has used their services, I'm thinking of trying their services once solely on the basis of the reviews they have on their Facebook page - not a single bad one. Their business model seems to be confidence inspiring from the telephonic conversation I had with them. But again, this falls under 'untested waters' category.

I may have an update within a month or so. I'll certainly keep the thread updated.
Sharing my (somewhat detailed) experiences with Wheels Wisdom - I've now used Wheels Wisdom for all three of my cars - my Hyundai Eon, Santro Xing Automatic, and my Toyota Innova GX - each of a different age and with varying levels of technical issues, and I must say they won my heart with each of those service experiences. I used the 'package' for my Eon and Santro, and the 'Customised' option for my Innova. The first two went to Bosch car service, and the Innova to Toyota dealership (under their supervision. They don't 'hand over' our cars to drivers or service centers. They're in control always). I'm a fan now, and bought their Silver membership, which by the way can be mapped to two cars. I see that they now have an 'unlimited' Gold membership package, which I wish existed when I enrolled for Silver. What I liked most about Wheels Wisdom is that they are technical. Being in IT myself, I understand that for tech expertise one needs to pay. And after my first hand experiences, I can vouch for their technical expertise. But the best part is that after the service is completed, the total bill actually is very low given the amount of work that is performed. That way it is value for money, in retrospect. Their focus on values and ethics is also something very rare (at least in the auto servicing industry). See this:https://www.wheelswisdom.com/our-values/. I was quite impressed to see that their Tech Advisor declined my tip saying their Values don't allow taking tips!

I've been wanting to write a good Facebook review for them (which, by the way, gave me confidence to try them the first time) for a while now, but I'm not much of a Facebook person myself. So I guess I must share my positive experience on our forum. When I was called for feedback, I asked them why they weren't advertising or why I don't see articles about them in the media! Their answer impressed me more. They said the business model is essentially centered around trust, and in their experience word of mouth is the only way to build it organically. They also said in general they haven't approached the media for PR articles, as those don't carry credibility. They're big believers in merit apparently, and believe they'll be written about when they merit it! I think I quite agree.

I've two Skoda Rapid owners in my apartment complex, who've also used Wheels Wisdom. Their reason was simple - every time they went to Tafe Access or Vinayak, they left with a fight of some kind. They just didn't want to go back to the dealerships even after a year. They say Wheels Wisdom not only is very professional to deal with, they even handled insurance claims at the Skoda dealership! Now that's an 'out of this world' combination! I found it unbelievable at first, but have seen the invoices myself! They're comfortable with WW now, and have also bought annual memberships. Apparently Skoda dealers also like to work with Wheels Wisdom cars, as most of the initial diagnosis, and all of the customer interaction is handled by WW, and the dealerships can just focus on doing the work. So go ahead Firefoot, I'm pretty sure you won't be disappointed .

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- I must say they won my heart with each of those service experiences.
- Being in IT myself, I understand that for tech expertise one needs to pay. And after my first hand experiences, I can vouch for their technical expertise.
- But the best part is that after the service is completed, the total bill actually is very low given the amount of work that is performed. That way it is value for money, in retrospect. Their focus on values and ethics is also something very rare (at least in the auto servicing industry). See this:https://www.wheelswisdom.com/our-values/.

So go ahead Firefoot, I'm pretty sure you won't be disappointed .

Sharad

Hello Sharad,

Thank you so much for your views on WheelsWisdom. The singled out statements from your quote above instill a lot of confidence. It just strengthened the good vibe I have had about them (even though I haven't yet used their services.)

After your input, I'm a 100% confident about using their services in very near future. And I'm sure good experiences will end up translating into satisfied customers especially for automobiles from manufacturers who have a very bad reputation in A.S.S and it doesn't look like they are bothered about doing anything about it either.

I'll definitely post my experience here for the benefit of all the members and readers.

Cheers.
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