An expensive month for Fabian Hoehn and his Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk6
|Date acquired:||February 2010|
|Kilometres this month:||2500|
|Costs this month:||$2991 (paint, service, brakes and tyres)|
So here I am again with a lot of changes that have happened over the past weeks to my car. First of all I wanted to have some bits and pieces painted as it doesn’t take long out here for someone to ding your door or hit your car in the car park. I now tend to search for a parking space which is miles away from the entrance just to avoid that happening again. I had to part with my car for 3 days and had them paint my mirrors, side skirts and diffuser in glossy black and have touch ups done on the bumper and doors, as I knew the guys doing it i got it for a bargain price of only 1400 AED – 380 USD. The outcome was great and the car looked like new on the outside again and the small changes give it a complete different look, so happy with that.
Next on the list was my 60,000km inspection. I had asked Al Nabooda for a quote but they said they would need to have my car in their workshop in order to prepare a quote which surprised me a bit as I thought a 60,000 inspection would be the same for any GTI. Naturally there are always some things that come unexpected but an estimated quote should have been possible. This is when I then came across AutoHaus Middle East. The good thing was they are across the road from where I work and are an independent garage which means not as expensive as Al Nabooda and I wouldn’t have to bother getting a taxi to work and then back to the workshop so it was an indirect win for me and some cost savings too.
I received my quote quickly and scheduled my car in for service the following week. Downside was another 2100 AED – 571 USD had left my wallet, but I had a clean car and fresh service done and nothing to worry about until a few weeks later driving home a lorry lost its load of wood and I hit a big piece with my car which dented my rims and ruined the flank of my tyres. This meant I had to replace these now too, as they would have been due soon anyway I had them replaced against a brand new set of Michelin SP3 and while the car was at the workshop I had the brake pads and discs replaced as they where soon to be due for replacement. All in all this set me back 7500 AED – 2040 USD.
So that had been an expensive month with service, brakes and tyres. But in the end necessary and well worth it.
In next months episode I go crazy and buy some new things for the GTI, I dont know why I did it but see for yourself.
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