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Old Oct 28th, 2012, 08:36 PM
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TLC on new Countryman (UK)

Hi all,

I am a newbie who today signed for a Countryman Cooper Chilli Pack + bells and whistles - as part of this, the MINI guy added the TLC deal which went over my head until now - my question is, is the £275 TLC package worth the money for a new car? What are the service intervals on it? Should I cancel the policy - they tried to flog me Seal and Protect paint which I opted out of....

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Old Oct 28th, 2012, 10:08 PM
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The Mini doesn't need that much servicing so the TLC package isn't stunning value, but it is still good value I think.

I turned down Seal and Protect on my recent car - and they did it anyway for free.
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Old Oct 29th, 2012, 04:12 PM
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I didnt bother with seal and protect either, just polish it myself, its ok if maybe you cant be bothered about cleaning it.
As far as I was concerned the least they messed with the new paintwork the better, they use the usual Autoglym stuff to buff it up before you take delivery as standard, (dont know what they use for seal and protect), that leaves white marks all over the black plastic and swirl scratch marks everywhere. rubbish.
Then when you take delivery you end having to do it properly yourself anyway.
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Seal and protect gives you nothing back, I never paid anything for TLC on all three MINIs so in that respect it was very good value, try and get it thrown in to "seal" the deal. However remember TLC excludes wear and tear parts so factor in £500 for complete front and rear brake service over the 5 year period.

No "service" charges in 10 years of ownership and have got a free service pack on the Yeti so that will make it 13 years free years servicing in total by 2015. Of course it must Be factored in somewhere if not in the purchase price then in the eventual secondhand sale price.

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I do like the idea of having regular service check ups, so for me it is excellent value.
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I dont think you negotiated very well as most dealers would add it in free if pressed. We have had five new Mini's over the years and never paid for it once.
But its still good value.
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