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Am I being ripped off for a timing belt change?

Hi. I brought my car to a mechanic recently for a service as its NCT is up soon. He told me as I've over 60,000 miles on the clock my timing belt needs to be replaced, but between labour and parts it'll cost around €400. Is this true? He doesn't seem like the world's most dishonest guy in fairness, but I don't want to have to shell out another €400 unless it's completely necessary.

Brion Lynch (Dingle)

Apr 2010 Filed under: servicing

Expert answer

Hi Brion. It would be useful to know what car you are talking about and how old it is so we can let you know if the price and timing belt change interval sound right.

Besides that, bear in mind that the NCT will not be affected by the timing belt.

Obviously if it's due replacement we'd recommend you do so as soon as is possible.

Shane O' Donoghue - Complete Car Adviser

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