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Hi!

I'm planning to do a service on my car and I find the Auto Doc prices very impressive comparing with what we found here in Switzerland.

The order comes from DE, and at Auto Doc they say that may be extra costs due to border control.

The order is less than 300CHF, and the quantities are not industrial, just for a simple DIY service. The order includes the front brake pads and disks, air and oil filters, spark plugs, some greases for the screws etc. and the one that I'm most afraid: 5L of Castro engine oil.

I've tried to search on the xtares website but it is a lot confusing!

Does anyone have an idea? I'd be be thankful
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Old 24.05.2020, 12:28
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Hi!

I'm planning to do a service on my car and I find the Auto Doc prices very impressive comparing with what we found here in Switzerland.

The order comes from DE, and at Auto Doc they say that may be extra costs due to border control.

The order is less than 300CHF, and the quantities are not industrial, just for a simple DIY service. The order includes the front brake pads and disks, air and oil filters, spark plugs, some greases for the screws etc. and the one that I'm most afraid: 5L of Castro engine oil.

I've tried to search on the xtares website but it is a lot confusing!

Does anyone have an idea? I'd be be thankful
5 ltrs of Oil per person is free to import yourself, since you refer to 300,- I assume you bring it all across the border yourself, so you should be perfectly o.k.
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5 ltrs of Oil per person is free to import yourself, since you refer to 300,- I assume you bring it all across the border yourself, so you should be perfectly o.k.
The idea is getting the order delivered at my address in Switzerland.
But I could also ask AutoDoc if they can deliver it in a Packet Shop and then I would cross the border with it and avoid the taxes since its less than 300CHF.

Thank you for the answer.
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Re: Ordering from Auto Doc

Hi Borges

Out of curiosity, can I ask where do you do this DYI work? Are you an experienced car mechanic or is this sth simple enough for someone with minimal knowledge about cars? I know no car service station in CH would agree on doing all the work for you if you didnít buy materials from them unless if they are a friend of yours. Just my experience though. If there is any mechanic who would agree on charging only work, I would gladly get the material on my own.







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Hi!

I'm planning to do a service on my car and I find the Auto Doc prices very impressive comparing with what we found here in Switzerland.

The order comes from DE, and at Auto Doc they say that may be extra costs due to border control.

The order is less than 300CHF, and the quantities are not industrial, just for a simple DIY service. The order includes the front brake pads and disks, air and oil filters, spark plugs, some greases for the screws etc. and the one that I'm most afraid: 5L of Castro engine oil.

I've tried to search on the xtares website but it is a lot confusing!

Does anyone have an idea? I'd be be thankful
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Old 26.05.2020, 00:01
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Hi Borges

Out of curiosity, can I ask where do you do this DYI work? Are you an experienced car mechanic or is this sth simple enough for someone with minimal knowledge about cars? I know no car service station in CH would agree on doing all the work for you if you didnít buy materials from them unless if they are a friend of yours. Just my experience though. If there is any mechanic who would agree on charging only work, I would gladly get the material on my own.
Hi!

I live in AG and I know some mechanics that would do some works if you bring the parts, but I'm not sure they would do such a complete service.

I'm not a mechanic, before living in Switzerland I would do some simple things like change brake pads, oil change and some detailing in my home garage. Now that's impossible here, if you don't own a house it is really hard that you can do it on the shared garag and even harder to do it on the parkplatz.

I found some DIY garages (yeah, I didn't know such a thing would exist but I found it in a thread here in the forum ) near Zurich that have reasonable prices like 21/27 CHF per hour with lift, all the tools you need and you can always have some advice from the garage mechanics. You can also buy the parts there and you have all the types of test machines like error codes reader, gas test, etc.

With the time I've learned some things with friends and online or simply by getting my hands dirty because I've always liked handy work. If you want I can give you some links for very good YouTubers that you can learn from.
I'm even repairing and painting my rims on my balcony and I've learned online how to do it.

I would say that if you know how to change the engine oil you can do such basic maintenance. If you don't think you can do it, leave it for a professional because even it being expensive it will be much cheaper that trashing an engine or wrongly mount the brakes. So if you feel confident to change your engine's oil and you do it sucessfuly just check how to do the other things, buy the correct parts and do it yourself.

BTW the total service I'll do would easily cost me 800CHF in my mechanic.
It includes:
  • Oil/filter change
  • Air/Housing filter
  • Spark Plugs
  • Brake Rotors and Pads
  • Clean rust on suspension and under the car


Sorry for the long answer, but I wanted to make sure I was clear
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Hi!

I live in AG and I know some mechanics that would do some works if you bring the parts, but I'm not sure they would do such a complete service.

I'm not a mechanic, before living in Switzerland I would do some simple things like change brake pads, oil change and some detailing in my home garage. Now that's impossible here, if you don't own a house it is really hard that you can do it on the shared garag and even harder to do it on the parkplatz.

I found some DIY garages (yeah, I didn't know such a thing would exist but I found it in a thread here in the forum ) near Zurich that have reasonable prices like 21/27 CHF per hour with lift, all the tools you need and you can always have some advice from the garage mechanics. You can also buy the parts there and you have all the types of test machines like error codes reader, gas test, etc.

With the time I've learned some things with friends and online or simply by getting my hands dirty because I've always liked handy work. If you want I can give you some links for very good YouTubers that you can learn from.
I'm even repairing and painting my rims on my balcony and I've learned online how to do it.

I would say that if you know how to change the engine oil you can do such basic maintenance. If you don't think you can do it, leave it for a professional because even it being expensive it will be much cheaper that trashing an engine or wrongly mount the brakes. So if you feel confident to change your engine's oil and you do it sucessfuly just check how to do the other things, buy the correct parts and do it yourself.

BTW the total service I'll do would easily cost me 800CHF in my mechanic.
It includes:
  • Oil/filter change
  • Air/Housing filter
  • Spark Plugs
  • Brake Rotors and Pads
  • Clean rust on suspension and under the car


Sorry for the long answer, but I wanted to make sure I was clear

Thanks for the very detailed answer. Please feel free to pm me the YouTube links. I do some stuff on my own such as changing air/cabin filter and changing tyres. I thought about the DIY garages for changing oil filter and oil. The only reason I never did it is because I can drive 30-40km to Germany and have it done there for the same price.
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Re: Ordering from Auto Doc

So, I got in contact with the support team from AutoEoc and they confirmed that they don't deliver to Packet Shops...waht a pity!!!

Let's see how long and how much it will cost me, I'll post about it after
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Re: Ordering from Auto Doc

There are other places like autoteile-meile who will deliver to some paketshops but be aware you might not be able to cross the border yet to get them. If they fill in the export/import forms properly then you'll likely pay Swiss VAT and maybe/probably some handling fees, depending which carrier does the import. The seller shouldn't charge you any German VAT if they're delivering to Switzerland.
I did most of my car repairs in my parking garage but my parking neighbour wasn't there evenings or weekends. I had strange looks but no problems.
Almost everything is on youtube these days if you have a popular brand of car. Safety first!
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So, I got in contact with the support team from AutoEoc and they confirmed that they don't deliver to Packet Shops...waht a pity!!!

Let's see how long and how much it will cost me, I'll post about it after
We had a package from AutoDoc delivered to a package shop. We had it sent without knowing that they Ďdidnít deliver to package shopsí. I was on the phone with them trying to find an alternative routing when I got an email from the package shop that it was there waiting for me.

The next order we had it delivered to Switzerland. But they sent the wrong piece, not the one we ordered, and they insisted that We needed to pay return shipping! I am not a happy camper!

Not sure I will use them again. During the lockdown, I had to use a local vendor and the price was A bit higher but less hassle.
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There are other places like autoteile-meile who will deliver to some paketshops but be aware you might not be able to cross the border yet to get them. If they fill in the export/import forms properly then you'll likely pay Swiss VAT and maybe/probably some handling fees, depending which carrier does the import. The seller shouldn't charge you any German VAT if they're delivering to Switzerland.
I did most of my car repairs in my parking garage but my parking neighbour wasn't there evenings or weekends. I had strange looks but no problems.
Almost everything is on youtube these days if you have a popular brand of car. Safety first!
I thought they all had partnership with autoDoc...but you're right, I'm not allowed to cross the border till 15 June I think, so I've put that option away.

I'll have it deliver at home, let's see how much will it cost me. But I didn't order yet, so I'll have a look at the one you said.

BTW, you're lucky that you can do it on your garage, when I moved in I got a letter with the " hood rules" and they expressly wrote that nobody can do such services like oil or brake changes at the garage, so I don't want to be the one breaking that rules. Of course that tyres changing or simple things that don't cause a mess are no problem.

Thanks for the advice
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Re: Ordering from Auto Doc

Oh damn you had really bad luck, you're not the only one, I saw some reviews from people who had the same problems with them.

The thing is that the prices are really good comparing to local vendors and it would make a huge difference to buy it local.

Let's see how it turn out.

Thanks
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Hi!

I'm not a mechanic, before living in Switzerland I would do some simple things like change brake pads, oil change and some detailing in my home garage. Now that's impossible here, if you don't own a house it is really hard that you can do it on the shared garag and even harder to do it on the parkplatz.

I found some DIY garages (yeah, I didn't know such a thing would exist but I found it in a thread here in the forum ) near Zurich that have reasonable prices like 21/27 CHF per hour with lift, all the tools you need and you can always have some advice from the garage mechanics. You can also buy the parts there and you have all the types of test machines like error codes reader, gas test, etc.

Bravo. I like to do as much as possible on my own too and haven't found a communal or DIY garage in my area. A pity.

Want to share any tips on repairing scratched aluminium jantes?
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Bravo. I like to do as much as possible on my own too and haven't found a communal or DIY garage in my area. A pity.

Want to share any tips on repairing scratched aluminium jantes?
Jantes? Are you portuguese?

I'll PM you with some links and tell me if you need help.

I forgot to take a photo before starting, so I'll leave a resume.

***Of course it is very important to cover your tyres before you start sanding and painting, I didn't do it because I will change them, they are no more safe to use for driving.***

Sanding with 80 grit and then with 600.





Filling with alluminum paste on the deeper scratches, let dry and then sand with both 80 and 600 grit (800 is optional but leads to a better result).





Applying Primer and wet sanding with 800 grit.





Painting with the colour spray.








For better results and long lasting paint, apply clear coat...With clear coat you can also polish and after one week when the paint is fully cured you can also apply Wheel wax to protect and also to make it easier to wash.

I've bought all the material at Migros Do It, they also have the "normal wheel colour" spray paint.
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Bravo. I like to do as much as possible on my own too and haven't found a communal or DIY garage in my area. A pity.

Want to share any tips on repairing scratched aluminium jantes?
Jantes? Are you portuguese?

I'll PM you with some links and tell me if you need help.

I forgot to take a photo before starting, so here's a photo while sanding.

Sanding with 80 grit and then with 600.





Filling with alluminum paste on the deeper scratches.





Applying Primer





Painting with the colour spray







For better results and long lasting paint, apply a clear coat.
With clear coat you can also polish and after one week when the paint is fully cured you can also apply Wheel wax to protect and is also easier to wash.
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