A MAN saved his mother £1,700 and helped her pass her MOT – by not falling for a ridiculous garage scammer.
The car professional, from Tarporley in Cheshire, posted a video on YouTube revealing how he avoided the rip-off.
He said: “My mother’s Renault Scenic had a badly clogged DPF or diesel particulate filter.
“It catches everything that comes out of your exhaust, and the idea is that you put it on the ground and blow it all back out in pieces.”
“The DPF on this car is severely clogged.
“The repair shop’s response was to fit a hugely expensive, brand new part, which is fine.
“But I thought I could sort it out for much, much less.”
He added: “The workshop quoted £1,700 – and that was exclusive of VAT and wages. An incredible amount of money.”
“Now it’s up to me to do one of two things: Either we try to repair this car for a large amount of money, or we scrap it.”
The man said Renault had “blocked” the DPF replacement parts, driving up the cost of replacement even further.
So he decided to remove the DPF manually by unscrewing the screws holding it in place.
He then replaced it with a much cheaper, different brand filter that he purchased at a parts store.
The clever driver said: “The car is ready, mom is happy. We fixed it for £800 instead of £2,500 – which is a lot of change for me.”
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