Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Help & tips > Transportation/driving  
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #41  
Old 07.03.2013, 19:49
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Richterswil
Posts: 543
Groaned at 11 Times in 4 Posts
Thanked 378 Times in 169 Posts
Breezy has an excellent reputationBreezy has an excellent reputationBreezy has an excellent reputationBreezy has an excellent reputation
Re: If you need help or advise about anything automotive

Quote:
View Post
I know that certain types of tyre have a directional tread, it could be that.

Here is an article showing you how to identify which way round they should be.

http://www.barrystiretech.com/direct...icaltires.html
Thanks Dean, that could indeed be just the job. Appreciated. I will go and look for an arrow now.
Reply With Quote
  #42  
Old 07.03.2013, 20:50
jmf's Avatar
jmf jmf is offline
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Cham, ZG
Posts: 1,019
Groaned at 9 Times in 9 Posts
Thanked 886 Times in 443 Posts
jmf has a reputation beyond reputejmf has a reputation beyond reputejmf has a reputation beyond reputejmf has a reputation beyond repute
Re: If you need help or advise about anything automotive

Deanmachine I've a question: is it possible, in CH, to get the service history of a car if I have its chassis number? By possible I mean for a regular human being , not someone working in a dealership.
Reply With Quote
  #43  
Old 07.03.2013, 21:27
defcon3's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Geneva
Posts: 529
Groaned at 2 Times in 2 Posts
Thanked 421 Times in 158 Posts
defcon3 has an excellent reputationdefcon3 has an excellent reputationdefcon3 has an excellent reputationdefcon3 has an excellent reputation
Re: If you need help or advise about anything automotive

Quote:
View Post
And i would be more than happy to have someone call you and explain to you what VW currently has to offer.
Again, thank you. As my profile says, I am based in Geneva and if all is well I'm heading to the auto show tomorrow. Any chance you were sent over for it? If yes, I'd like to hear what you have to say. Do send me a DM if you are there and how I can get hold of you

I have to figure out which AMAG in Geneva sells VW, so I touch and feel before making up my mind.
Reply With Quote
  #44  
Old 08.03.2013, 10:26
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Aargau
Posts: 42
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 23 Times in 13 Posts
Deanmachine has no particular reputation at present
Re: If you need help or advise about anything automotive

Quote:
View Post
I had my winter tyres put on by a mobile company that I wont name. As I have a VW Golf, they needed the exact attachment to unlock the tyres - but I had lost the attachment. After a fashion I got one from the local VW garage and the tyre changing guys put the tyres on in a bit of a hurry as they were only due to be round for an hour.

Anyway, my wife was filling the car up with petrol and some guy came over and said that he worked as a mechanic and that our tyres were on the wrong way round, in that the one on the drivers' side should have been on the passenger side (!!). Now, I am not sure if that was the front set or the back set (let alone know if it is something that you can look at and see) as I wasn't present and the conversation was in German. The big question is, can I easily tell if the mechanic is correct? I will change them myself, I just didnt think they were labelled left and right.

Cheers

There is usually an arrow showing direction of travel.
Or just stop by a local VW they will tell you whats up...No need to worry tough..
Reply With Quote
  #45  
Old 08.03.2013, 10:31
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Aargau
Posts: 42
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 23 Times in 13 Posts
Deanmachine has no particular reputation at present
Re: If you need help or advise about anything automotive

Quote:
View Post
Thank you so much! I know what Audi (new) I want and what extras I want to include. In internet they offer an Eurobonus which is 10% of the basic car (with no extras).

Then, to get the best price possible what strategy do you suggest? Is it worthy to go to 2 or 3 Amag centres? Will they quote differently?
Hello.
I can never guarantee for anyone else but my self.And knowing how Car Salesman are...well...i would not send you just anywhere.

I would like everyone to know that i do not get any provision or comission from any sales over here.I only offer help to you guys.I am also in the process of Actually becoming a Sponsor here,then i will able to Help you out even more and post Bonuses,Incentives,Lease Specials,Service Specials and even get you Discounts on any accessorie or car part you might need.

So...
If you would like to get treated right,not get taken advantage of and get the right vehicle for your self in the process.Shoot me a PM with your info and i will be more then happy to have someone call you and arrange a meeting with you here.

Thank You
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank Deanmachine for this useful post:
  #46  
Old 08.03.2013, 10:33
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Aargau
Posts: 42
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 23 Times in 13 Posts
Deanmachine has no particular reputation at present
Re: If you need help or advise about anything automotive

Quote:
View Post
Deanmachine I've a question: is it possible, in CH, to get the service history of a car if I have its chassis number? By possible I mean for a regular human being , not someone working in a dealership.

Yes.
If you know what place it was serviced at.
What Car is it?
Reply With Quote
  #47  
Old 08.03.2013, 10:38
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Aargau
Posts: 42
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 23 Times in 13 Posts
Deanmachine has no particular reputation at present
Re: If you need help or advise about anything automotive

Quote:
View Post
Again, thank you. As my profile says, I am based in Geneva and if all is well I'm heading to the auto show tomorrow. Any chance you were sent over for it? If yes, I'd like to hear what you have to say. Do send me a DM if you are there and how I can get hold of you

I have to figure out which AMAG in Geneva sells VW, so I touch and feel before making up my mind.

I wont be there because i have another Car show to attend to,and also a Circus(yes Circus part of company tradition)

Go over there,see,touch,feel,talk...
Then let me know what your thoughts are and we will make some magic happen together.

Sending you my info to your inbox.
Reply With Quote
  #48  
Old 08.03.2013, 14:59
jmf's Avatar
jmf jmf is offline
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Cham, ZG
Posts: 1,019
Groaned at 9 Times in 9 Posts
Thanked 886 Times in 443 Posts
jmf has a reputation beyond reputejmf has a reputation beyond reputejmf has a reputation beyond reputejmf has a reputation beyond repute
Re: If you need help or advise about anything automotive

Quote:
View Post
Yes.
If you know what place it was serviced at.
What Car is it?
Umm...I don't understand what you mean by "If you know what place it was serviced at."

My question revolves around the following scenario: I, the prospective buyer, would like to know the history of a car saw and would like to buy. It's entirely possible the car was serviced at a number of different places throughout its lifetime. However, if said places were dealerships, they would have entered the service info into the centralized system (don't know the name) and anyone with access to this centralized system could pull the data, e.g.:

2007, 10.000km: oil change, oil filter change
2008, 20.000km: oil change, oil filter change, brake pads etc
2009, ...

Back home this info used to be available if I just went up to any dealership with the chassis number and asked. However recently it has become impossible to get it (unless you know someone working on the inside ).

Needless to say, such info could prove invaluable when buying a second hand car. It has saved me from buying no less than 4 lemons so far (one frontal damage, one having flywheel/clutch replaced at 15.000km, and two with dubious records e.g. 4 sets of tires changed in 10.000km).
Reply With Quote
  #49  
Old 08.03.2013, 15:04
defcon3's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Geneva
Posts: 529
Groaned at 2 Times in 2 Posts
Thanked 421 Times in 158 Posts
defcon3 has an excellent reputationdefcon3 has an excellent reputationdefcon3 has an excellent reputationdefcon3 has an excellent reputation
Re: If you need help or advise about anything automotive

Quote:
View Post
I wont be there because i have another Car show to attend to,and also a Circus(yes Circus part of company tradition)

Go over there,see,touch,feel,talk...
Then let me know what your thoughts are and we will make some magic happen together.

Sending you my info to your inbox.
Thank you. Hit the show, and the Sharan is now in the company of the Ford S-Max, meaning I really liked the S-Max and now have to put them against each other.

Talking to VW sales people, I felt like it was 1995 and I was in a DELL shop: price is X. Oh wait, 1780CHF for this, 750 for that, 3000 for the other one... hmmmm this thing just took to the skies like a squirrel on fire! List price 32,400. Model as displayed 58,000 You gotta be kidding, this is Merc/BMW territory, dude!
Reply With Quote
  #50  
Old 08.03.2013, 15:41
oreneta's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Zurich/Zug
Posts: 192
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 52 Times in 38 Posts
oreneta has no particular reputation at present
Re: If you need help or advise about anything automotive

Quote:
View Post
Talking to VW sales people, I felt like it was 1995 and I was in a DELL shop: price is X. Oh wait, 1780CHF for this, 750 for that, 3000 for the other one... hmmmm this thing just took to the skies like a squirrel on fire! List price 32,400. Model as displayed 58,000 You gotta be kidding, this is Merc/BMW territory, dude!

German cars are famous in Europe because of this. The list price only includes a basic model of the steering wheel. If you want to have wheels, seats, mirrors, an engine, doors, pedals, etc you have to add them and pay extra

To me, and this is a personal opinion, it is much better to spend 58,000 in a Audi with none or few extras (they come nicely equipped) rather than in a VW with all possible extras included. To me, it is like having the best house in the worst street (VW with all extras) or the worst house in the best street (Audi with no extras). You can improve your house in the future, but you won't be able to change the location (VW /Audi). Additionally you will sell better if in the best street, value will hold more and the house will be more desirable.
Reply With Quote
  #51  
Old 08.03.2013, 16:22
Ace1's Avatar
A modal singularity
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Morgins, VS (and Alsace)
Posts: 8,697
Groaned at 352 Times in 225 Posts
Thanked 14,713 Times in 6,399 Posts
Ace1 has a reputation beyond reputeAce1 has a reputation beyond reputeAce1 has a reputation beyond reputeAce1 has a reputation beyond reputeAce1 has a reputation beyond reputeAce1 has a reputation beyond repute
Re: If you need help or advise about anything automotive

Quote:
View Post
German cars are famous in Europe because of this. The list price only includes a basic model of the steering wheel. If you want to have wheels, seats, mirrors, an engine, doors, pedals, etc you have to add them and pay extra
This is certainly the case with BMW and (I think) Mercedes but nothing like as much with VW and Audi.

Quote:
View Post
To me, and this is a personal opinion, it is much better to spend 58,000 in a Audi with none or few extras (they come nicely equipped) rather than in a VW with all possible extras included. To me, it is like having the best house in the worst street (VW with all extras) or the worst house in the best street (Audi with no extras). You can improve your house in the future, but you won't be able to change the location (VW /Audi). Additionally you will sell better if in the best street, value will hold more and the house will be more desirable.
You do try to make it complicated with that analogy, don't you

Anyway as one who faced exactly the situation you describe, choosing between an Audi A6 and a VW Passat, I have to say I completely disagree. For the price I paid got just about every extra going, from the 14-way adjustable leather seats to the heated windscreen, the upgraded satnav and the nice remote-operated auxiliary heating system (pre-warms the car for you without running the engine). I think about the only feature I couldn't get was the Audi's adjustable ride height.

Oh, and the VW was a better car in most other respects anyway, so the price was really somewhat moot

Now I can't remember the exact like-for like figures, so don't quote me on the absolutes, but for comparison purposes only the fully-spec'd VW (the R36 with 300PS 3.6l motor) was say, 65000chf, and the basic, I mean most basic, A6 was around 70000. To get one with even vaguely equivalent spec (powerful engine, 4wd, and all the extra fittings) was something like 110000chf.

As it happens, the VW seems to have held its value better as well, being worth (according to Autoscout searches) something between 50 and 70% of its new price of nearly 5 years ago, whereas the only equivalent Audis seem to be around 40% tops.

Sorry to bang on, but you got me on something of a specialist subject this time
Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank Ace1 for this useful post:
  #52  
Old 08.03.2013, 16:37
defcon3's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Geneva
Posts: 529
Groaned at 2 Times in 2 Posts
Thanked 421 Times in 158 Posts
defcon3 has an excellent reputationdefcon3 has an excellent reputationdefcon3 has an excellent reputationdefcon3 has an excellent reputation
Re: If you need help or advise about anything automotive

Quote:
View Post
German cars are famous in Europe because of this. The list price only includes a basic model of the steering wheel. If you want to have wheels, seats, mirrors, an engine, doors, pedals, etc you have to add them and pay extra

To me, and this is a personal opinion, it is much better to spend 58,000 in a Audi with none or few extras (they come nicely equipped) rather than in a VW with all possible extras included. To me, it is like having the best house in the worst street (VW with all extras) or the worst house in the best street (Audi with no extras). You can improve your house in the future, but you won't be able to change the location (VW /Audi). Additionally you will sell better if in the best street, value will hold more and the house will be more desirable.
My sentiments exactly. If I include all the things that come standard in an Audi or a Merc and do the total as per VW price list... chances are, VW will come our more expensive eventually.... Not to mention Merc and Volvo have 10 years warranty, whereas VW only 3...
Reply With Quote
  #53  
Old 08.03.2013, 16:44
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Re: If you need help or advise about anything automotive

Quote:
View Post
My sentiments exactly. If I include all the things that come standard in an Audi or a Merc and do the total as per VW price list... chances are, VW will come our more expensive eventually.... Not to mention Merc and Volvo have 10 years warranty, whereas VW only 3...
Just buy a bloody car and drive it, they're all pretty much similar
Reply With Quote
  #54  
Old 08.03.2013, 17:06
defcon3's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Geneva
Posts: 529
Groaned at 2 Times in 2 Posts
Thanked 421 Times in 158 Posts
defcon3 has an excellent reputationdefcon3 has an excellent reputationdefcon3 has an excellent reputationdefcon3 has an excellent reputation
Re: If you need help or advise about anything automotive

Quote:
Just buy a bloody car and drive it, they're all pretty much similar
This is easy advice on other people's dime LOL Sooner or later I just have to buy a car, or my wife will buy it for us OMFG
Reply With Quote
  #55  
Old 08.03.2013, 17:15
Ace1's Avatar
A modal singularity
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Morgins, VS (and Alsace)
Posts: 8,697
Groaned at 352 Times in 225 Posts
Thanked 14,713 Times in 6,399 Posts
Ace1 has a reputation beyond reputeAce1 has a reputation beyond reputeAce1 has a reputation beyond reputeAce1 has a reputation beyond reputeAce1 has a reputation beyond reputeAce1 has a reputation beyond repute
Re: If you need help or advise about anything automotive

Quote:
View Post
This is easy advice on other people's dime LOL Sooner or later I just have to buy a car, or my wife will buy it for us OMFG
Of course, you do realise that opening up the debate on here is going to make the process longer and more difficult, don't you? Or did you believe that the advice offered would actually help?
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank Ace1 for this useful post:
  #56  
Old 08.03.2013, 18:03
defcon3's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Geneva
Posts: 529
Groaned at 2 Times in 2 Posts
Thanked 421 Times in 158 Posts
defcon3 has an excellent reputationdefcon3 has an excellent reputationdefcon3 has an excellent reputationdefcon3 has an excellent reputation
Re: If you need help or advise about anything automotive

Quote:
View Post
Of course, you do realise that opening up the debate on here is going to make the process longer and more difficult, don't you? Or did you believe that the advice offered would actually help?
LOL. Truth spoken! I have to admit though, the Auto Show helped a lot. Having most candidate vehicles within walking distance does put things in perspective... My take away was that the Honda CRV was judged too harsh and should be given a second try. The Touran from VW is small, whereas the Sharan is perfect but priced as discussed: wheel and doors optional. The ML remains king of the hill, Volvo XC70 is a compromise and an expensive one at that. Audi Q7 is in, so is BMW X5, along with more accessibly priced Ford S-Max. Land Cruiser joins Land Rover Disco4 on the bench effectively making Toyota a loved but impossible fit. Mazda in all shapes and forms is designed, sized and produced for little Asian people - trying the back seats on the Mazda5 and CX-5 was sad.

The big picture is that (at present) no single break/estate will do the job. It will have to be between a monospace and an SUV/crossover.
Reply With Quote
  #57  
Old 10.03.2013, 01:21
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Aargau
Posts: 42
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 23 Times in 13 Posts
Deanmachine has no particular reputation at present
Re: If you need help or advise about anything automotive

[QUOTE=jmf;1819660]Umm...I don't understand what you mean by "If you know what place it was serviced at."




Back home this info used to be available if I just went up to any dealership with the chassis number and asked. However recently it has become impossible to get it (unless you know someone working on the inside ).

The easiest way is to go to Audi(i say audi because i do not know what car you drive)and let them run the VIN number...Bit if the car was serviced at different places then you have no chance of finding out.

That is why when you buy a car here you ask for a Service booklet.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank Deanmachine for this useful post:
  #58  
Old 10.03.2013, 01:25
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Aargau
Posts: 42
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 23 Times in 13 Posts
Deanmachine has no particular reputation at present
Re: If you need help or advise about anything automotive

Quote:
View Post
Thank you. Hit the show, and the Sharan is now in the company of the Ford S-Max, meaning I really liked the S-Max and now have to put them against each other.

Talking to VW sales people, I felt like it was 1995 and I was in a DELL shop: price is X. Oh wait, 1780CHF for this, 750 for that, 3000 for the other one... hmmmm this thing just took to the skies like a squirrel on fire! List price 32,400. Model as displayed 58,000 You gotta be kidding, this is Merc/BMW territory, dude!
Believe me,it is what any car like that...Try looking at the new OPEL ADAM it has over 1500 options available

Yes every package costs extra if you start off with a base model.You gotta know what you want and need and pick the apropriate model so you do not have to load it up so much.
Let me know the Car that you want with the options and i send it to me via PM,i will then have it looked at and tell you the price.
Reply With Quote
  #59  
Old 10.03.2013, 09:49
jmf's Avatar
jmf jmf is offline
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Cham, ZG
Posts: 1,019
Groaned at 9 Times in 9 Posts
Thanked 886 Times in 443 Posts
jmf has a reputation beyond reputejmf has a reputation beyond reputejmf has a reputation beyond reputejmf has a reputation beyond repute
Re: If you need help or advise about anything automotive

[QUOTE=Deanmachine;1820706]
Quote:
View Post
Umm...I don't understand what you mean by "If you know what place it was serviced at."




Back home this info used to be available if I just went up to any dealership with the chassis number and asked. However recently it has become impossible to get it (unless you know someone working on the inside ).

The easiest way is to go to Audi(i say audi because i do not know what car you drive)and let them run the VIN number...Bit if the car was serviced at different places then you have no chance of finding out.

That is why when you buy a car here you ask for a Service booklet.
Aha, so it's possible to do this in CH. Do you know how much it would cost? (the car would be from the VAG group)
Reply With Quote
  #60  
Old 10.03.2013, 12:31
defcon3's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Geneva
Posts: 529
Groaned at 2 Times in 2 Posts
Thanked 421 Times in 158 Posts
defcon3 has an excellent reputationdefcon3 has an excellent reputationdefcon3 has an excellent reputationdefcon3 has an excellent reputation
Re: If you need help or advise about anything automotive

Quote:
View Post
Believe me,it is what any car like that...Try looking at the new OPEL ADAM it has over 1500 options available

Yes every package costs extra if you start off with a base model.You gotta know what you want and need and pick the apropriate model so you do not have to load it up so much.
Let me know the Car that you want with the options and i send it to me via PM,i will then have it looked at and tell you the price.
Not quite every brand but fair enough - sent you DM with specs I need; would be great to hear back. Cheers
Reply With Quote
Reply




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
insurance about maternity, need advise bulchgar Insurance 5 13.10.2011 17:21
If you are on Facebook I need your help! Natasha General off-topic 36 23.03.2011 00:05
Help! Anyone know anything about foyers or AI or social aid generally in Vaud? Vlh22 Family matters/health 2 19.02.2011 19:33
Do you know anything about Tattoo? (drums) brie Travel/day trips/free time 11 26.06.2007 00:02


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 15:44.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0