Is it a good idea to use Groupon, Scoopon or other 'deal of the day' websites to organize car maintenance and servicing?
November 21, 2011 11:22 AM Subscribe
Is it a good idea to use Groupon, Scoopon or other 'deal of the day
' websites to organize car maintenance and servicing?
posted by UltraFleece to Travel & Transportation (3 answers total)
Although my car runs well, it is twelve years old with 190,000kms and will almost certainly require more maintenance than it used to. Due to financial considerations I've used these coupon sites twice this year for scheduled servicing and maintenance (not actual repairs). Each service was at a different mechanic offering these deals, and each charged me about $40 extra for things like oil, wiper blades, coolant, etc. (These potential extra charges were in the fine print, I've checked against other invoices and they are reasonable prices, and I'm happy to pay this. To be clear, I'm not asking how to change my own oil, etc. Those are just examples.)
So I'd like to know if it's a bad idea to use one time 'deal of the day' websites to buy coupons for heavily discounted (eg. 50%-90% off) regular car servicing. Are they well known scams, do they deliberately cut corners? Do mechanics check the log book and see that I have a history of 'mechanic shopping' and then do a second rate job? Is it ill advised to go to a different mechanic each time, because then the mechanic can't build up a 'relationship' with the car?