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Hi guys.
Looking to buy an Ampera.
What's the situation with 3rd party garages and specialists?
As after some research only Vauxhall Dealer that will take it to service and repair is one in Manchester, and once 2 techs they got are gone doesn't look like you can service/fix them officially. Is that right?
Thanks for the reply.
 

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Try looking here. A lot of the other running gear stuff is ordinary Astra parts, nothing too specific or unique to the Ampera. I'm in the same boat, the Tech at my dealership has now retired although they are trying to persuade him to come back on an 'as needs' basis whilst still keeping on another Tech who has just been trained up.
 

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If I still have mine and the 8 years/100000 miles is up then I'll be heading to the local HEVRA garage. Talking to them at Fully charged they are providing help from a central point to the garages and are already doing board repairs on some EV's.
I suspect as well once the Corsa-e is about and more Vx dealers are doing EV servicing and as there does not appear to be the Ampera restriction on the Corsa, then Vx may service the Amps at the general dealerships at least for the normal car things like bearings.
 

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Perfect.
Thank you guys.
So you wouldnt call it a risky buy, if the car is around 50k miles and late 2014? And ofcorse service in time?
 

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Check (and check again) the services are done on time and at suitable places, If the 5th one has been done then the coolant (HV) change has been done. This is really to prevent Vx wriggling out of their obligations if something happens to the HV parts rather than anything else.
The cars themselves do seem reliable in general. Mine (a MY2013, 64plate) has been very good.
 

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There are various threads on this forum about what to check for when buying an Ampera - take a look through as there's lots fo learn and some things to wary of... but if you get a good one (generally from an enthusiast rather than a clueless dealer) and have a reliable place to get it serviced, and are willing to accept that if something goes wrong, parts take at least 6 weeks to arrive, then you can get a brilliant car.
 

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Does anyone still have the original list of VX dealers that specialised in the Ampera; (32 I think from memory) ?

Ikkake said "only Vauxhall Dealer that will take it to service and repair is one in Manchester" but there is more than one left from the original list. I know that Marshalls in Peterborough is one for example.

Other than that, Spiny is right to mention HEVRA https://www.hevra.org.uk/ as probably the next best option.
 

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The guide to buying contains a list as does this thread Servicing dealers
there is a link to the VX list too.
I suspect the OP is in the Manchester area so there is only one there, next nearist is probably Sheffield.
 

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@ikkake welcome. I wouldn't worry too much about future servicing as the car requires very little and all dealerships will soon need mechanics trained to work on EV's. Apart from the 5th year coolant replacement it only needs an oil change every second year.
I've had an Ampera (try Volts as well) for nearly five years now and still love driving it.
It is still the only sensible hybrid that is fully electric with a longer EV range than any other yet has no range limit and does not call on the engine to help with accellerating.
Just check that the car you are viewing has a full service history and dates within a couple of weeks each year as Vx can be very reticent regarding the 8 year 100,000 mile warranty on all parts associated with the electric drive.
BTW Drive Leicester still service them.
 

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I don't want to spam on the main forum.

Gona sidestep this threat instead if that's ok.

Anyone familir with this one? Any opinions? Did most of the checks talked about in the buying guide and it seems to pass all of those. Tires probably need changing and wheels look coroded, but rest seems to be in order.


Thank you!
 

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Wow, looking at those prices the Ampera is holding up very well.
BTW we don't mind people posting ads when advice is requested. Quite the opposite.

That car you are looking at is a genuine later version with some software enhancements over the 2012 car. Main one is a power meter.
You can tell with it having a rear arm rest. Earlier versions with inline cup holders can be 2014 but old stock.
 

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They seem to be pricey, but still cheapest used PHEV (not really but yeah) I could find. Also the coolest by far.
Ok, I'll post it on the main then. Thanks.
 

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Wow, looking at those prices the Ampera is holding up very well.
So far nothing to touch it except the new London Taxi and that's a tad pricey :)
Looks like there may be some longer range hybrids appearing eventually but I suspect still the small electric motor / big ICE types and unable to accelerate without starting the ICE.

It's one of very few cars launched ahead of its time IMO. Probably why it fell flat as no one understood it.
 

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Hi guys.
Looking to buy an Ampera.
What's the situation with 3rd party garages and specialists?
As after some research only Vauxhall Dealer that will take it to service and repair is one in Manchester, and once 2 techs they got are gone doesn't look like you can service/fix them officially. Is that right?
Thanks for the reply.
I have had mine 3 years now, it has been a great choice. I have just booked it in at Bellingers at Grove for the 5th Service which includes the coolant change. £174.62in VAT

You really can't say fairer than that.
 
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