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I have been quoted the following for Engine oil service with microfilter with a BMW dealership nearest to me. I wonder if this is the standard price I should expect. Until now, car services have been covered by the Service Pack, tried to get similar cover from local dealership and was told for older cars Service Pack is now with third party where you have to pay deposit monthly towards the cost servicing.

Engine oil service with microfilter*
£222.38x
Environmental Disposal Charges*
£15.00
Standard scope**
£20.78
Total: £258.16

Not sure what Environment Disposal Charges mean :cautious:.

I am South-West based and not much options on main BMW dealership. Any recommendations on dealership/specialist in South-West as I would like to have options just in case
 

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Yes, I think what you have quoted is the standard price from BMW dealerships - if I look at the BMW 'value service' website then I get an identical quote from all the main dealers near me, in the east midlands. The environmental disposal charge must be a new thing, as I've looked at the site a few times quite recently and I've never seen it before. Have a look at their 'pay monthly' plan, which would cover you for at least four years and include MOTs plus extra bits such as sat nav map updates. Also note that the major service included in the £720 package is better than the standard major service, as it also includes a break fluid change (normally about £65) and the 'vehicle check' (normally about £80).
 
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Environmental charge is a cost companies pass on to their customers for storing and later disposing of harmul / toxic materials / fluids. So in your case oil disposal is transferred onto you rather them paying for it.
 

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Yes, I think what you have quoted is the standard price from BMW dealerships - if I look at the BMW 'value service' website then I get an identical quote from all the main dealers near me, in the east midlands. The environmental disposal charge must be a new thing, as I've looked at the site a few times quite recently and I've never seen it before. Have a look at their 'pay monthly' plan, which would cover you for at least four years and include MOTs plus extra bits such as sat nav map updates. Also note that the major service included in the £720 package is better than the standard major service, as it also includes a break fluid change (normally about £65) and the 'vehicle check' (normally about £80).
Thanks for the response. Looking at the pay monthly plan, any idea why the discount for a 3-Cylinder or 6-Cylinder is so different? Monthly payment is the same amount.
Also, does it make difference if the first service is few months away? Online, the first service shown with the plan is indicating 2023!

The car has been fully serviced by BMW dealership and I have had no major issue since new. Looks like I may have to pop into the 'stealership' to sort this out in person

Your Plan: 1 Series_Hatchback - 5DR_Petrol_6 - Cylinder
  • Discount:
    £178.29
  • Deposit to pay today:
    £240.00
  • 24 monthly payments of:
    £20.00
  • First payment due:
    23/06/2022
  • Plan total price:
    £720.00
Your Plan: 1 Series_Hatchback - 5DR_Petrol_3 - Cylinder
  • Discount:
    £35.88
  • Deposit to pay today:
    £240.00
  • 24 monthly payments of:
    £20.00
  • First payment due:
    23/06/2022
  • Plan total price:
    £720.00
 

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Environmental charge is a cost companies pass on to their customers for storing and later disposing of harmul / toxic materials / fluids. So in your case oil disposal is transferred onto you rather them paying for it.
I have never come across this charge in all the invoices issued when the car has gone in for yearly service when the oil filter was changed.

Looks like BMW recently introduced this charge. Okay £15 may not be much but to dispose of oil, that seems overpriced!
 

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I have been quoted the following for Engine oil service with microfilter with a BMW dealership nearest to me. I wonder if this is the standard price I should expect. Until now, car services have been covered by the Service Pack, tried to get similar cover from local dealership and was told for older cars Service Pack is now with third party where you have to pay deposit monthly towards the cost servicing.

Engine oil service with microfilter*
£222.38x
Environmental Disposal Charges*
£15.00
Standard scope**
£20.78
Total: £258.16

Not sure what Environment Disposal Charges mean :cautious:.

I am South-West based and not much options on main BMW dealership. Any recommendations on dealership/specialist in South-West as I would like to have options just in case
Thats cheaper than mine was 4 years ago with the "biggie" being close to £600. Take it.
 

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Does it make difference if the first service is few months away? Online, the first service shown with the plan is indicating 2023!
Yes, the difference is in the amount of the deposit. Because I've recently had a major service, if I were to purchase the 'monthly service plan' this week then it would cost me zero deposit and 36 monthly payments of £20. Because you're due a service earlier than me, BMW has front-loaded your quote with £240 deposit but then followed this up with only 24 monthly deposits. So we would both end up paying £720 in total, and we would both have paid the same proportion of that £720 by the time we get to the point of the major service.

Looking at the pay monthly plan, any idea why the discount for a 3-Cylinder or 6-Cylinder is so different? Monthly payment is the same amount.
Not sure, sorry. I guess all the 'seasonal health checks' and the oil/filter changes would involve the same parts and labour, but it does seem odd to me that they're charging the same for the major service of each car. I presume the 3-cylinder engine has only one spark plug per cylinder. Also, from what I've read there's quite a lot of labour involved in changing the 6th spark plug in the B58, as it's in a very awkward place.
 

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I have never come across this charge in all the invoices issued when the car has gone in for yearly service when the oil filter was changed.

Looks like BMW recently introduced this charge. Okay £15 may not be much but to dispose of oil, that seems overpriced!
I never knew such charge existed on companies, but a guy I know, own his garage and has had to pay disposal charges. Cost included storage containers and collections, but he never actually put them up as separate charge, just swallowed it up in labour costs.

I find it crazy, because you can take your old oil to skip/recycling center and not pay a penny for disposing of your old engine oil.
 

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Thats cheaper than mine was 4 years ago with the "biggie" being close to £600. Take it.
Yea, it's a no brainer, but still a bit unclear if service due soonest will be included. Just spoke to my local dealer and the service department always claim to be busy. Waiting for their return call.
 

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Yes, the difference is in the amount of the deposit. Because I've recently had a major service, if I were to purchase the 'monthly service plan' this week then it would cost me zero deposit and 36 monthly payments of £20. Because you're due a service earlier than me, BMW has front-loaded your quote with £240 deposit but then followed this up with only 24 monthly deposits. So we would both end up paying £720 in total, and we would both have paid the same proportion of that £720 by the time we get to the point of the major service.


Not sure, sorry. I guess all the 'seasonal health checks' and the oil/filter changes would involve the same parts and labour, but it does seem odd to me that they're charging the same for the major service of each car. I presume the 3-cylinder engine has only one spark plug per cylinder. Also, from what I've read there's quite a lot of labour involved in changing the 6th spark plug in the B58, as it's in a very awkward place.
Thanks for the clarification. Did you by any chance buy directly online from BMW or you bought yours from your preferred near by dealer?
I called my local dealer (was planning to go straight to their office on my way back but took a different route) and the service department is 'busy' but the chap I spoke with told me they can tailor the plan viz the amount I pay each month instead of what I saw online. So I am still waiting for their call back!
 

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I never knew such charge existed on companies, but a guy I know, own his garage and has had to pay disposal charges. Cost included storage containers and collections, but he never actually put them up as separate charge, just swallowed it up in labour costs.

I find it crazy, because you can take your old oil to skip/recycling center and not pay a penny for disposing of your old engine oil.
I guess because they dispose off quite a large volume, they must be using a special wasta disposal service. Perhaps that is why they are now passing on the cost to the customers.

I guess this is similar to the charge for standard scope.. :confused:.
 

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It's obviously just a clever way of increasing prices and blaming the government. There is no way the cost of safely disposing of a little bit of oil is £15. Just like resetting a service indicator isn't some advanced computing challenge costing £20-£40.
 
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