Had my car in today after Kwik Fit said last year they couldn't re-gas due to a leak on the system. No clue as to where.
Took it to a specialist today who happens to be the chap i bought it from.
All this was done by my mum & dad whilst i was at work. I get a text saying £500
I reply saying sod that!
Something to do with the "evaporator". It's apparently located behind the dash & they'd have to take the dash out to deal with it. I asked my mum (she spoke to the chap) if that's parts, labour or what & she said she was told the part alone can cost upwards of £500.
I know some of you have tales of "empty your bank account" turning into "buy me a drink & it'll be reet" as far as money & cost of a fix goes.
What do you make of this figure linked to this part? Can anyone put me on a cheaper path or is it a case with this, of pay up or make do?
EDIT:2 listings on eBay i just found. MASSIVE price difference makes me wonder if these possibly aren't the parts i'm in need of. I expected to find it cheaper on eBay but not £400 cheaper. Would this be it or not?
LISTING 1: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Astra-1998-Air-Con-Evaporator-Radiator-Genuine_W0QQitemZ150303973804QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK _CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM?hash=item22fed0a1a c&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A2108|66%3A2| 65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A1318|301%3A1|293%3A1|294%3A50
LISTING 2: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Vauxhall-Astra-98-Air-Con-Evaporator-Radiator-New_W0QQitemZ150301709490QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_Car sParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM?hash=item22feae14b2&_t rksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A2108|66%3A2|65%3 A12|39%3A1|240%3A1318|301%3A1|293%3A1|294%3A50
EDIT x2: Spoke to the mother about the above & she's now changing her tune
She doesn't seem to know whether the part was around this (£100) price and labour bumps it to £500+ or whether the part can cost £500 or what. When i ask more Qs for a clearer picture, she gets more confusing. I can't complain though - it'd have to have taken a days hol just to take the car to the garage myself.
She did say the garage told her i'd have had to have taken it elsewhere for the total fix.
This was the most confusing part, as they're supposedly air con specialists as well as your typical garage. (to me) god knows why they couldn't do the job 100% if i was willing to pay.