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We got our 2017 Zoe last year (October) all has been going well and had no problems. Looking forward it will be due to be MOT'd in June. We're wondering what experience people have had with general garages? Should I find an EV specialist to do a service / MOT (if so any recommendations in Edinburgh or Perth would be appreciated!). What things should I expect to be done in a service, and how often should this be done?
 

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I just used Parks Renault in Dunfermline. No better or worse than any other dealer I've used.

Its all in your service book what is done. Year 3 is a new 12v Battery, its not essential though. If you have no electrical gremlins, orange messages on the dash on occasion, then just ask for the 12v to be tested and monitor. Unless you like paying over £100 for a new battery, or pre-empt and replace it yourself with a new one. Other than that I believe its a fairly minor service, year 4 is brake fluid and year 5 is coolant if I recall, those are more expensive (again you don't need to get brake fluid done if its tested good, but not worth the risk of skimping on coolant flush).
 

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Easiest way is to put your car details and location into the Renault website and it will give you a list of local garages and their charges: Renault Service Booking Online. Each garage will have different costs - for our 5-year service and MOT, the difference was £80 between the cheapest and most expensive locally.

The website also shows you what's in the service and what's optional. For the third service, they'll try and make you pay an extortionate amount to replace the 12V battery - £150-£200 to fit a battery you can buy elsewhere for £40. It's easy enough to fit yourself, and there's a YouTube video showing how. We're still on our original battery after 5½ years - as long as you test it properly and regularly, it can be replaced when necessary rather than as expensive preventative maintenance.
 

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I'm using a local garage in Glasgow, this was their first EV. No issues on services 1 & 2. I would expect no issues with battery change for year 3 ( if required). Year 4&5 may be more awkward but I haven't got that far yet.
1 was same price as dealer as they had to read up on it. 2nd was £25 cheaper than dealer, using OEM pollen filter.
Note that some dealers list the pollen filter separately on the charging scheme.
 
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