Servicing cost of A3 8Y/8V

KXL

Active Member
Anyone can tell me approximate service cost (from experience) of an A3 for 1st year's service from a main dealer? Coming from a V40 Volvo these were in the region of just under £300, hoping the A3 would be a bit more reasonable, perhaps in the region of £175-£200? As it would be a lease, guess it would need to be from the main dealer unless someone who had a lease can tell me otherwise? It would be with LEX Autolease. Thanks!
 

bfevo

Registered User
Anyone can tell me approximate service cost (from experience) of an A3 for 1st year's service from a main dealer? Coming from a V40 Volvo these were in the region of just under £300, hoping the A3 would be a bit more reasonable, perhaps in the region of £175-£200? As it would be a lease, guess it would need to be from the main dealer unless someone who had a lease can tell me otherwise? It would be with LEX Autolease. Thanks!
Depends from dealer to dealer, you also do not need to take you're car to main dealer while its under lease as long as its stamped and paper work can be supplied once handing the car back. There was a law change a few years ago I believe to stop the big company's profiteering from you having to take the car to a dealer.
 

DiscoPanda

Registered User
Depends from dealer to dealer, you also do not need to take you're car to main dealer while its under lease as long as its stamped and paper work can be supplied once handing the car back. There was a law change a few years ago I believe to stop the big company's profiteering from you having to take the car to a dealer.

Just a word of caution. The change in law was for cars purchased outright or on PCP. Personal contract hire (Lease) is different. As the car is not owned by you, the lease company can dictate where it gets serviced and often stipulate dealer servicing. Check your contract small print or you’ll get a nasty fine at hand back.
 

bfevo

Registered User
Just a word of caution. The change in law was for cars purchased outright or on PCP. Personal contract hire (Lease) is different. As the car is not owned by you, the lease company can dictate where it gets serviced and often stipulate dealer servicing. Check your contract small print or you’ll get a nasty fine at hand back.
Nice DiscoPanda - sorry should have said that!
 

KXL

Active Member
Yea, on my lease contracts thus far it has stated only dealership services, however anybody remember the cost of the service?
 

The Cardinal

For the love of cars
This is slightly complicated by the VAG approach to servicing based on age or mileage. New cars often come pre-set with Longlife servicing requirements, where the on-board computer senses the need for a service at any time up to 18,600 miles or 2 years maximum.

My understanding is that Longlife is intended for cars that tend to do longer journeys and dictates the need for a more thorough "inspection" service when the car asks for one. This is at 2 years for many people.

However, diligent dealers will set a car's OBC for annual servicing if your car usage is mainly around town, infrequent journeys etc. In this latter case, you will alternate between a less thorough "oil change" at the first year and then the inspection at the second anniversary.

Oil change services for A3s tend to be at or slightly lower than £200, then around £375 for the inspection service. This is comparable or cheaper than other brands, certainly cheaper than Volvo in my experience.

Obviously many people interpret the above in their own way and may just go with the cheaper Longlife / 2-year servicing schedule while still theoretically maintaining a full history.

Like you, OP, I have ordered a new A3 which I hope to keep for many years alongside another older VW product - neither of which will do big mileages but will continue to be annually serviced. You can of course choose to do servicing outside the official network and still maintain the manufacturer warranty.
 
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