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My GTE is leased and according to the car it is due to be serviced around a month prior to the end of the lease. However as it's a 2 year lease and the car will be 2 yrs old when I return it then surely the service becomes due the day of, or the day after the end of my agreement.

I am considering not having this service done and just returning the vehicle. I am wondering how I stand on this as my paperwork does not mention it anywhere. If anyone has experience of this I'd be glad to hear from them.
 

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'according to the car it is due to be serviced around a month prior to the end of the lease.'

During the period of the lease you are responsible for the servicing of the car and it is clearly due for a service within that period so it is down to you in my opinion.

'surely the service becomes due the day of, or the day after the end of my agreement.'

I don't see how you can possibly argue that but it's up to you and I suspect that if the lease company want payment for a missing service that you should have had carried out you'll have to put your hands in your pocket.
 

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'surely the service becomes due the day of, or the day after the end of my agreement.'

That's because the services are annual and on the day I hand it back I will have had it 2 years not 2 years and a day so it's a grey area to me.
 

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Services are usually due on a mileage or time basis, whichever limit is reached first. So if the car is reporting a service due is it because you’ve reached the mileage limit since the last service?

You lease terms and conditions should state what is expected in terms of servicing and handing back. I’ve had several different vehicles over the years and my finance companies have all had slightly different conditions - some stayed that any services or MOTs due in the month before handing back needed to be carried out to avoid penalty, one stated services/MOTs due within 14 days of handing back had to be carried out, but my last agreement said that servicing/MOTs due later than the day of handover were not needed and allowed early hand back a few days early to help this. So speak to your finance company to double check.
 

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You should have had your first service done 2 days after the first year, so that the car is due a service 2 days after you hand it back. On the flip side, my lease contract includes servicing so i've made a point of having mine early so it has its third service on their dime before I have to hand it back just in case I choose to buy it at the end of the contract.
 

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If you check the service information in the car, you never seem to get to the 12 months or 10,000 miles before the service indicator comes on !.
The service warning will start “nagging” you before then.
Another way to get you into the dealership early to spend your money.
My car had paid a visit to two dealerships over the last 6 weeks.
First time for a door mirror glass, the second time for the the HV battery recall check.
Then yesterday for its annual service.
In that 6 weeks period it has had 3 so called “Free” Health Checks.
Conflicting reports with two of the checks wanting me to spend various amounts of money for work to be carried out !.
Absolute joke it is, they are just looking for work / money to put through the till !.
I asked about a new service pack renewal yesterday, it had gone up in price by almost £90 from the last one I had.
How do they really justify an increase of this size in less than two years ?.
The labour and parts for each dealer that was only 50 miles apart was a lot different !.
I though VW had a standard fixed price for their service plans ?.
Not the case in my experience.
 

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VW and their service personal needs to fund the 2nd wave of potential emissions scandal costs?
Our initial service costs when bought in 2015 were pretty similar as to when serviced last month; be it on a service plan. Difficult to stomach such a rise. It funny to see VW dealers will price match for same work using VW parts; but only within 5 miles radius. Limits competition that way, especially when so many companies shy away from it being a hybrid, even though they’re only touching the ICE.
The free health checkups are just a money spinner for sure, guessing with downturn of flagging sales; especially diesels, dealers need to drive work their way. It makes you think that they are getting to be like the many tyre specialists from years ago; go in looking for two tyres, to be told your exhaust is about to expire, your shocks are leaking, and steering geometry needs resetting.
£800 later, you’ve got your car back.?
 

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The free health checkups are just a money spinner for sure, guessing with downturn of flagging sales; especially diesels, dealers need to drive work their way. It makes you think that they are getting to be like the many tyre specialists from years ago; go in looking for two tyres, to be told your exhaust is about to expire, your shocks are leaking, and steering geometry needs resetting.
£800 later, you’ve got your car back.?
That is totally correct regarding the so called "Free Health Check".
The second dealer said my engine oil required just less than half a litre to bring it up to the max level, and wanted permission to top it up.
Even though, when the car was turned on it gave the "Oil & Inspection Service" request in 7 days time.
Why would you advise on this item when the car was already booked in for the oil to be changed in a weeks time !!!.
Another item on the report was:- "Brake Fluid Change - Overdue".
No it is not, changed only at last service 7,000 miles ago last year !. ( Brake fluid, first change is at 3 years, then every two years there after ).
I am 100% convinced that the motor trade is slowing down the migration of people over to full electric cars.
This is because it is not in their interest, regarding the lost money they will need to absorb on the servicing costs on fossil cars.
They even told me my cam belt wanted replacing in 20 months !.
Can you believe that - 20 months away.
Regarding tyres, all four tyres where reported as 6mm of tread remaining, they advise the tyres to be replaced at 3mm !!!.
OMG - A brand new tyre straight from the factory only has approx 7mm of tread, and the dealer wants to replace it at just less than 50% worn at 3mm.
It's an absolute piss take ( pardon my French ).
I can feel my B.P. rising, time to stop ranting now.
 

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My nephew has just recently purchased a really clean Golf MK7 - R.line 2017 Reg, that has only covered 11,000 miles.
He noticed that the front door seal had been scuffed somehow by the previous owner.
He has taken the car into another VW dealership which is closer to his home address to have the seal replaced under warranty.
When he called to see if his car was ready for collection, they said the seal had been replaced and ( wait for it ) a "Free" health check had been performed on his car.
The advisor then went on to say that the both front tyres displayed signs that the tracking was slightly out.
The outside of both tyres had 4.5mm of tread remaining, while the inside of both tyres had 3.5mm of tread remaining.
Worth remembering here, the car has covered 11,000 miles on the original front tyres and never been rotated.
We come to this conclusion because both rear tyres were reported as having 5.5mm of tread across the entire tread surface on both tyres.
He is the kicker, the cost to rectify the slight tracking issue on his newly purchased car of two weeks ago, £450.00 !!!!!.
When questioned about the cost, he was told that after adjusting the tracking it would require the A.C.C. recalibrating !.
He declined the work and returned the car to the original dealer that he bought the car from, only two weeks ago.
It has taken 11,000 for both of these tyres to display this very minor wear difference of 1mm on each tyre.
This so called error must require less than a quarter of a turn on each track control arm to correct the issue.
I find it really hard to believe that the entire A.C.C. requires resetting after this minor adjustment.
Yet another example of the so called "Free Health Check" talking the owner into spending a lot of money on his car.
 

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My nephew has just recently purchased a really clean Golf MK7 - R.line 2017 Reg, that has only covered 11,000 miles.
He noticed that the front door seal had been scuffed somehow by the previous owner.
He has taken the car into another VW dealership which is closer to his home address to have the seal replaced under warranty.
When he called to see if his car was ready for collection, they said the seal had been replaced and ( wait for it ) a "Free" health check had been performed on his car.
The advisor then went on to say that the both front tyres displayed signs that the tracking was slightly out.
The outside of both tyres had 4.5mm of tread remaining, while the inside of both tyres had 3.5mm of tread remaining.
Worth remembering here, the car has covered 11,000 miles on the original front tyres and never been rotated.
We come to this conclusion because both rear tyres were reported as having 5.5mm of tread across the entire tread surface on both tyres.
He is the kicker, the cost to rectify the slight tracking issue on his newly purchased car of two weeks ago, £450.00 !!!!!.
When questioned about the cost, he was told that after adjusting the tracking it would require the A.C.C. recalibrating !.
He declined the work and returned the car to the original dealer that he bought the car from, only two weeks ago.
It has taken 11,000 for both of these tyres to display this very minor wear difference of 1mm on each tyre.
This so called error must require less than a quarter of a turn on each track control arm to correct the issue.
I find it really hard to believe that the entire A.C.C. requires resetting after this minor adjustment.
Yet another example of the so called "Free Health Check" talking the owner into spending a lot of money on his car.
Every time you visa dealer; no interest in you the person or customer, just another chance to score more money; doesn’t matter if in for a service or just looking at a possible new car.
Definitely fed up with this type of mentality, everyone is after your money.
Thank god I’m a true Fifer; tight as anything, nearly as much as a ducks arse?
 

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Guessing my predicted typing is having a field day again, especially when I can’t find the edit button.?
 

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That's why I do not have a lease, because it is too dangerous. I mean, you will have to keep the warranty conditions, and you can't repair your car at any workshop, you will have to repair it in a specialized place. Well, the lease will give you more headache. That's why I took a credit to buy myself a new car. Frankly speaking, I had the biggest part of the necessary amount of money to buy this car, except 2 or 3 thousand. So the problem was to find this 3 thousand to buy the car. So, I decided to have a credit to buy this car. I found a pretty good offer, here https://foxycredit.com/se/ferratum-lan and I was able to have all the missing money for a short term with a small payment rent. I think this idea is the best and I was able to buy the car I was going to buy and I did not loose too much time and money to get it
 
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