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4 wheel alignment - quote £120

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I'm based in Kings Lynn, Norfolk, I just got 4 new tyres fitted and wanted to get the tracking looked at as the wear wasn't 100% even on the old tyres.

 

I've phoned up a local performance specialist who charges £120 for a full alignment. I get that he deals with fast cars alot but is that not quite a lot for an aligment? He uses the 3D Hunter system, but so does Kwik-Fit who charge about half the price.

 

Is this normal for a quote, or should I shop around more? If anyone knows of a good shop local to me that would be great. If rather avoid places like Kwif-Fit/Halfords and go to someone who knows what they're doing.

 

 

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Shop around, a lot of places hear 350z and instantly add sports car added tax for labour times sadly. Kwik Fit will be fine showing before and after print out.

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Unless you have full adjustable suspension, you aren't getting a full alignment anywhere.

Is your car stock ?

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You get what you pay for. If you just want the wheels pointing straight then go to quikfit, if you want a proper setup then go to somewhere that’s knows what they’re talking about.  

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Kwik-Fit and the likes will panic if they come across a seized snail cam bolt and will probably break it, which will cost you more in the long run.

 

£100.00 + vat sounds about right from a specialist.

 

Just pay the money with the assurance that it will be done right.

 

However, if your car is stock explain to them that there is no camber adjustment on the front or Caster front or rear and perhaps they will negotiate on price.

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Thanks all for the advice.

 

The suspension is stock, but I would rather not have somewhere like Kwik-Fit mess about with it, so will stick with the specialist.

 

Thanks for confirmation on the price Alex.  I'll mention your points on camber & caster and see if they are willing to negotiate.

 

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To help out whom ever you end up choosing, spray the crap out of the bolts and tie rod ends in something like wd40 (much better stuff out there but you probably have a can at home) the night before.

It may make the difference between a quick and painless job, to something like Alex pointed out.

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I had mine done by Drury Lane Garage in Manchester last year. The car felt more planted once it was all done. My car is standard too. I paid £144 inc vat.

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36 minutes ago, RobPhoboS said:

To help out whom ever you end up choosing, spray the crap out of the bolts and tie rod ends in something like wd40 (much better stuff out there but you probably have a can at home) the night before.

It may make the difference between a quick and painless job, to something like Alex pointed out.

I'll do that! I've actually just ordered some Whiteline lowering springs which I will fit on Wednesday before the alignment on Thurs, so shall spray everything then.

 

28 minutes ago, mr v6 said:

I had mine done by Drury Lane Garage in Manchester last year. The car felt more planted once it was all done. My car is standard too. I paid £144 inc vat.

Just googled them and this was the first pic from Google - yours by any chance? :D

 

 

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Fitting lowering springs will affect the geometry settings and depending on how much you drop you may find that the stock rear snail cam adjusters may not have enough adjustment in them to get your settings to within factory tolerances.

Also as there is no camber adjustment on the front you may have similar issues there as well.

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On 12/08/2019 at 16:54, Kryptek49 said:

I'll do that! I've actually just ordered some Whiteline lowering springs which I will fit on Wednesday before the alignment on Thurs, so shall spray everything then.

 

Just googled them and this was the first pic from Google - yours by any chance? :D

 

 

That is indeed mine, although on the old wheels.

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Was done in the last year I owned it mate, print out should be in the history to give you an idea of where it is/was

 

Think that was £80 off the top of my head on a laser rig

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2 hours ago, Cimanu said:

Was done in the last year I owned it mate, print out should be in the history to give you an idea of where it is/was

 

Think that was £80 off the top of my head on a laser rig

I curbed it doing 60 so probably need it done... Still goes perfectly straight but want it checked just to be sure. I'm also fitting lowering springs this/next week and don't want to wear my new tyres oddly.

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