Hi, I own a Renault clio 1.2 dynamique 04 plate. It has done approx 56k miles and is due for its cam belt change. I have been getting several quotes from Renault dealers and specialists near to home and was wondering whether these quotes are suitable, or whether I should continue to search for cheaper quotes. Thanks.
Renault dealer O
£480 (cambelt and water pump change)
Renault dealer M
£370 (cambelt and water pump change)
Renault Specialist S
£245 (cam belt change and said no need to replace water pump???)
Personally I would go for the renault specialist. If you want the water pump doing it shouldnt be much extra, as once they have it all apart to change the belt it doesn't take much more time to do the pump as well. With the pump included it should still work out cheaper than either of the main dealers.
The pump might not necessarily be required, but they might be suggesting you replace it based on the logic that the belt won't need doing again until around 120k miles by which time the pump may well be shot, and doing the pump on its own will probably be as expensive as the cam belt change.
Yeah, I'd look around for an independent garage, that's what I did. I took my car to one when it looked like I had a leak in my water pump and they said I needed my cam belt replacing as well and would cost around £200 and something. Anyway, it turned out that my water pump wasn't leaking, just something wrong with the valve, and now I've just discovered that one of my front headlights has gone. Bloody car has cost me a fortune these past 6 weeks with car insurance, road tax, MOT and service and repairs!