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Old 14.12.2010, 17:52
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Garage recommendations close to Basel ?

Hi

Just been quoted 1600 chfs by a Basel based Opel dealer to have the timing belt on me old saab replaced.

Anyone recommend anywhere just over the border for a competitive quote ?
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Re: Garage recommendations close to Basel ?

I can recommend a small family run garage in Hagental le Bas, you can't miss it as it is on the main road from Hagenthal to Hegenheim next to the car wash. The owner speaks English, German and of course French, I know many expats in the local area who have been taking their cars to him for years and have always been very happy with his work, plus he is considerably cheaper than larger garages, even in France.
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Re: Garage recommendations close to Basel ?

Do you mean this garage?

Klein Garage Auto

8 Rue Hegenheim,
68220 Hagenthal-le-Bas,
Frankreich Tel. +33 3 89 68 50 17 ‎
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Re: Garage recommendations close to Basel ?

thanks !

I live 5 minutes drive from him.. I'll pay him a visit tomorrow

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Klein Garage Auto

8 Rue Hegenheim,
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Frankreich Tel. +33 3 89 68 50 17 ‎
yep..he's the one !
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Re: Garage recommendations close to Basel ?

Or maybe this official Opel dealer in Grenzach:
http://www.autohaus-issler.de/
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Re: Garage recommendations close to Basel ?

I owe someone a drink..

Just left it with him (Hagenthal).. nice fella.. obviously busy garage..he's quoted me nearly 1000chfs less...
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I owe someone a drink..

Just left it with him (Hagenthal).. nice fella.. obviously busy garage..he's quoted me nearly 1000chfs less...
Glad it worked out ! I will exchange the drink for a click on the "Thanks" button !!!!
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Re: Garage recommendations close to Basel ?

Job done... and though it was a bit more complicated and expensive than originally estimated.. I'd still recommend them..

Plus.. I didn't realise that if you live in CH with a CH car and have the work done in France or Germany then you can still claim back the difference in the tax... just like you can when you go to Marktkauf !
  • First the garage stamps the receipt.
  • Then you take the receipt to the french douane with proof of living in CH (in my case the one on the motorway on the way out of Basel)
  • You then take that stamped receipt to the Swiss customs office and pay the CH amount of tax you would have paid if the work was done in CH. (I did.. I have the receipt to prove it.. but..cough.. cough.. splutter.. it isn't strictly necessary to proceed to the next step)
  • You then take the stamped receipt back to the garage and they give you a back a big lump of money
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yep..he's the one !
I really appreciate this, I'll check it out for the next big job.

I tried with a German garage on the border but no response so staying local as they're reliable.
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