I have had more people tell me in the last couple years that our local Honda dealer is telling owners to have their snowblowers serviced EVERY year. I don't think this is right. This past winter maybe I used my blower 25 hours and it was a wetter than usual winter.
yes , i will change the oil in the fall and go thru an inspection with lubrication points etc. But a full service?
I tell/show people how to do an inspection , encourage basic maintenance , do an oil change , and how to prepare their snowblower for the long lay off between spring and the next winter.
Honda really needs to clamp down on some of their dealers. I had one guy show me receipts for his services for the last 15 years. EVERY year his average service was about $250. In those 15 years they changed the belts 5 times. They changed the scraper bar and skid shoes 4 times ! They changed other parts as well. he barely used the machine as he had a plow service and only used his machine occasionally.
I serviced his 828 and found NOTHING wrong. No bad adjustments that would cause the scraper and shoes to premature wear. The belts ran straight and true and were in perfect condition. The machine was in excellent condition with low hours for a 25 year old machine. The owner just did what he was told and had it serviced every year and the dealer must have seen him coming from a couple blocks away.
he is not the only one. I have done enough services to machines that had previously been serviced by this dealer to see they are NOT doing the work they charge for, the corners they cut , etc.
This is one of the reasons I strive to educate Honda owners to take care of their machines themselves. It's a shame that this kind of business practice still goes on.
Its not just Honda dealers. You name the brand, and there are questionable dealers who will charge as much as they can as often as they can. Some people dont care, they just accept whatever they are told and pay the bill. If you are dependant on dealers or shops for everything, and do not know how to diagnose problems, even if you cannot fix them yourself, you will probably get hosed at least some of the time by trusting what people tell you without question. If you want to split hairs, you can never go wrong changing every moving or wearing part once a year whether it needs it or not.
I just had my car in for its 5 year inspection, and was told after the car was in the service bay for all of 7 minutes, that I needed all the brakes and rotors replaced, plus all four tires, for a total estimate of about $2200.00. The car has 21000 miles on it. I told them I would like to see the condition of the brakes and rotors and tires while it was on the hoist, but was told, sorry, customers are not permitted in the service area and those parts are already back on the car. Not bad for 7 minutes.... I thanked them for the estimate and went on my way.
Pretty sad. I checked the brakes and it did need pads on the front, and rotors were kind of iffy on the inside surface. Rear pads had about 1/8 material left and the rotors were fine.
I went to my handy dandy small garage and had what needed doing for about 60% of what the dealer quoted using OEM Toyota parts. Tires are fine, no plans to replace them in the next year or so.
So its not just Honda and OPE its every brand and probably 50% of dealers and service providers.