Charge of The Light Brigade


How much will it cost to fix my car?

A couple of months ago a light on my dash board came on. It was a little picture of an engine and underneath it said, “Check engine, visit workshop!” I took it back to the place I bought the car from just over a year ago. They charged me almost £200 to change an oxygen sensor and re-set the warning light. The next day the light came back on.

I took it back and they wanted to change another oxygen sensor and charge me again. I took the car to another place. They re-set the warning light and told me to put some stuff called “cat cleaner” in the petrol tank. I bought two bottles of this stuff for about £20 from Halfords and poured it in. The next day, the light came back on.

I took it back and they said there was a hole in one of the silencers. They quoted me over a thousand pounds to replace it. I called around and found somewhere else that could replace both silencers for the about the same price. They’re both the same age so replacing them both sounded like the right thing to do. That cost over £1200 but the light went out so, happy days.

The next day, the check engine light came back on. I took it back and they found a leaking flange on a different part of the exhaust. Today, it’s having that flange replaced. That’s going to cost me around £300.

I hope this fixes it, I’ll keep you posted.

The thing is, there’s nothing wrong with the car, it runs fine. I’ve spent close to two grand so far just to make a dash board light go out.

I don’t know why that light is a picture of an engine. It should just be a pound sign!

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