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Had a minor service done at main dealer. £199 cheaper cost for cars over 3yrs old. My dashcam filmed the whole procedure through the gap under the bonnett with it opened. Most interesting thing i watched all weekend lol. And at least i know they actually changed the oil and filter, topped up the brake fluid and the washer bottle.
 

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Why don't you do your own minor services?
They are a piece of cake even for a mug amateur, and you save heaps in both labour and parts cost.
Although I understand if you don't have the time, space, tools or inclination!
 

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I normally do all my own car work. I've fully restored classic Jags and MGBs in the past. But tbh i couldn't be bothered this time. I could of saved about 100 quid but its ****** freezing outside here. Must be going soft lol.
 

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I normally do all my own car work. I've fully restored classic Jags and MGBs in the past. But tbh i couldn't be bothered this time. I could of saved about 100 quid but its ****** freezing outside here. Must be going soft lol.
I have the opposite problem, although I have a fully under-cover double garage to work in.
It sometimes gets too hot in the garage to work without rivers of sweat running everywhere, which can make it difficult to see and make for slippery hands and tools, at which point I decide it's getting too dangerous so I pack things up and come back later when things have cooled down a bit.
 

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I have the opposite problem, although I have a fully under-cover double garage to work in.
It sometimes gets too hot in the garage to work without rivers of sweat running everywhere, which can make it difficult to see and make for slippery hands and tools, at which point I decide it's getting too dangerous so I pack things up and come back later when things have cooled down a bit.
You're terrible Muriel!
 

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I'm surprised they kept the camera running. Some dealers simply disconnect the camera before it goes into the workshop.
I don't think they noticed it. It's very discreet behind the mirror. You can't see it from inside unless you actively look.
 

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And i like sampling the loan cars they give me. Had an XE 2.0t 200 petrol this time. Nice tech and chassis. Eager engine at low speed but didn't really go when pushed up the revs and very noisy. Was glad to get my S back.
 

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There was a story on Pistonheads a few months ago about dash cams and garages.
Someone had their car serviced but some things weren't done, which the cam picked up.
The owner challenged the garage about it and they were not at all impressed at being spied on, etc. At least that's how they viewed it.
Seems some garages do in fact look for them and switch them off.
 

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Modern dilemma. You have a right to see what is happening to your property, they have a right to attach conditions to their offerings. Classic Mexican standoff. In my opinion any garage that wants to switch it off you would ask why?
 

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By the absence of footage between leaving the car and picking it up.
 

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I’m sure there will be some law whether it be data protection or privacy to give the dealers reason for doing so.

In my case when they disconnected it they re connected it to the wrong plug. Ie direct into the camera Nextbase 312 which was detachable and not into the fixed mount.
All they had to do was simply detach the camera and it would not have recorded anything.

I would say dealers should be made to request permission for such actions or at least state this policy clearly when car is booked in for servicing.
 

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Hard wire the camera then they wont be able to disconnect it as it will auto switch on with the ignition or when car is unlocked . Inform them of the camera if you feel you must but If a dealer and their employees are going about their business in a proper professional manner then they have nothing to fear . The only people who need fear CCTV etc in these circumstances are those involved involved in nefarious activity .
 

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My service before the last one the dash cam was active the whole time. It even showed them 'borrowing' the car to run down to another garage for some reason. The last time it was disconnected.
 

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Wouldn't go near any garage who would think it's a good idea to disconnect my dashcam. I had the misfortune of forgetting my SD card once for a service on my BMW, that so called specialist fitted shite parts, charged me for OEM, fitted the wrong pads etc and didn't even do half the work - I wish I'd caught him in the act.

I've been to plenty of garages who don't care if you have one fitted because they know they do an honest days work and welcome you to mill around the workshop and engage with them as they're carrying the work out. That's the kind of place I look for.

Anyone who chats nonsense about data protection just throw it right back at them and give them a grilling on what they're doing with all your personal information on file: home address, car reg, name, number, credit card details etc. It works both ways.
 
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