Car Clinic: How do I know if I am being ripped off by my car dealer?

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Q. Our dealer has quoted £293 to replace a fog light on our Honda Jazz ­— more than the replacement glass in our french doors. Are we being ripped off?

RH, Swaffham, Norfolk


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A. A dealer’s profit on selling a car is thin. Parts are one way of boosting profitability. Prices are set by the dealer, so it pays to shop around. An independent garage will almost certainly be cheaper. You could source the part yourself (we found your fog light for less than £60 online). But remember, if you need a garage to fit it, you will have to pay for the labour.



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