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Hi guys. My mobile mechanic came yesterday to service my 2001 307 and said I need to get the clutch replaced pretty soon. I agree as I've noticed it revving higher without the car keeping up and the bite point from first gear is right at the top of the pedal action. This clutch owes me nothing, it was replaced in 2011 so I've had a good 8 years out of it. I think I paid about £500 at a Halfords AA garage, but they did a good job.

He said he could get his mate to do it for £400 in a couple of weeks. I wasn't expecting the price to be any less than £500, so £400 sounded decent to me. That's probably still more than the sale value of my car these days, lol. But I'm keeping it going.

Today I got an online quote from some company called clickmechanic, quoting me £362 and they come to me and do the job at my house, or maybe take it away and bring it back. I think this is as good a price as I'd get anywhere isn't it? Just wondering if anyone here would recommend them and is 12 months warranty standard for a clutch or should I be getting a longer one? Trustpilot reviews seem pretty good. Here is a screenshot of my quote.
 

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I was quoted £500 by Halfords a couple of years ago, They were the only ones who were prepared to do the job in the required timescale required. Decided to do the job myself. Cost around £250 to buy the clutch and tools I didn't already own. I used a top quality replacement clutch kit and it took me a couple of days due to the weather and limited lifting gear to raise the car. I also replaced the clutch with the car in the road outside my house.

My suspicion is the cheaper quote will supply and fit the cheapest, low quality clutch kit they can get their hands on. The £38 you would save could be the difference between a cheap clutch and a quality clutch. I would try to find out what brand of clutch each intends to fit then make the decision.
 

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I was quoted £500 by Halfords a couple of years ago, They were the only ones who were prepared to do the job in the required timescale required. Decided to do the job myself. Cost around £250 to buy the clutch and tools I didn't already own. I used a top quality replacement clutch kit and it took me a couple of days due to the weather and limited lifting gear to raise the car. I also replaced the clutch with the car in the road outside my house.

My suspicion is the cheaper quote will supply and fit the cheapest, low quality clutch kit they can get their hands on. The £38 you would save could be the difference between a cheap clutch and a quality clutch. I would try to find out what brand of clutch each intends to fit then make the decision.
Hi storeman. Thank you for your advice and I agree with you, they could be using a cheapo low quality clutch.

I just called Halfords and they were going to call me back with a quote but still haven't.

I then called Mr Clutch and they can do it tomorrow for me early morning and give me the car back around 3 to 4pm. Now, they've told me £356.25 inc vat and labour and 2 year warranty. I asked the guy what quality clutch they would use and he said either Valeo or LUK and he said they're top brands. Sounds good to me and I think Mr Clutch is quite reputable. So what do you think, shall I go for that?
 

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OP whereabouts are you? I use a independent garage and he does not charge those sort of prices here in Stoke on Trent.
Hi mate. Well I'm in London so unfortunately everything is more expensive down here!
Out of interest though, what sort of price would your garage charge?
 

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Hi storeman. Thank you for your advice and I agree with you, they could be using a cheapo low quality clutch.

I just called Halfords and they were going to call me back with a quote but still haven't.

I then called Mr Clutch and they can do it tomorrow for me early morning and give me the car back around 3 to 4pm. Now, they've told me £356.25 inc vat and labour and 2 year warranty. I asked the guy what quality clutch they would use and he said either Valeo or LUK and he said they're top brands. Sounds good to me and I think Mr Clutch is quite reputable. So what do you think, shall I go for that?
Valeo and Luk are top O/E parts, so if they use them for £356.25 all in I would say go for it.
Double check though. I always understood that Mr Clutch fitted their own reconditioned clutches.
 

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Valeo and Luk are top O/E parts, so if they use them for £356.25 all in I would say go for it.
Double check though. I always understood that Mr Clutch fitted their own reconditioned clutches.
Hi Old Pug. Just before I read your reply I phoned my mobile mechanic who said the same as you. He said being a franchise in a cut throat competitive business means that they can cut costs by using reconditioned clutches. He said they would probably use a new one but that there's no real way to really know. But he said all clutch places, even Halfords are much the same unless it's a Peugeot main dealer and of course, I ain't paying £800 for Peugeot to do it!

But I used Halfords in 2011 and that turned out to be very good clutch, so I imagine Mr Clutch is probably going to be ok. If I ask Mr Clutch and they say it won't be reconditioned, can I take that as gospel?

EDIT: I just spoke to Mr Clutch again and he guarantees it'll be brand spanking new. He said garages uaed to install recon clutches about 20 years ago but not anymore. So I'm happy with that and am going to get it done there tomorrow.
 

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He charged £495.07 but that was doing first the drive shafts and then I decided to do the clutch as it was high on the pedal but not slipping. That was all inclusive parts and all! Would have been cheaper if I had them both done at the same time but hey I am 71 and not as bright as I used to be! And now the starter has decided not to work anymore!
 

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He charged £495.07 but that was doing first the drive shafts and then I decided to do the clutch as it was high on the pedal but not slipping. That was all inclusive parts and all! Would have been cheaper if I had them both done at the same time but hey I am 71 and not as bright as I used to be! And now the starter has decided not to work anymore!
Bloody cars eh. :p I hope you get your starter sorted though!
 

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We bought a car which had just had its clutch done at Mr Clutch. We had no problems with it. The only snag being we had to take it back at regular intervals for them to check the clutch as part of the two year warranty.
 

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We bought a car which had just had its clutch done at Mr Clutch. We had no problems with it. The only snag being we had to take it back at regular intervals for them to check the clutch as part of the two year warranty.
Interesting. What sort of time intervals and were they free checks?
 

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The Mr Clutch round my way don't have a good reputation.

There have been a good few stories of them changing only the drive plate and reusing the original cover to someone with a faulty master cylinder being charged for a full clutch replacement when they only changed the master cylinder.

It was a good few years ago and now they are Trading Standards Approved yet there are still lots of google results for bad workmanship and poor quality work.
 

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the problem is that there is no way of knowing which clutch is fitted unless you take it out again. i fit cheapey clutches to older cars all the time with no problems. a lot of garages will save money by not fitting a complete clutch and taking a chance on the warranty.
 

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When I was in business I always fitted top quality O/E parts.
On one occasion I fitted a really cheep recon' clutch kit to our customer loan car.
It was dreadful,not a good advert to our work.So in the end we did the job again with new O/E parts.
 

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Hi All, Funny reading this as ive just bought a 207 & thought the high bite of the clutch meant it was on the way out. Reading threads on here makes me think its ok. Anyhow Peugeot Stealer quoted £820 all in for a new clutch but did state that a Re-con was available at £750! while other places quoted(local garages) £511.46 inc vat & the best was £275 for a new LUK clutch kit. Car parts4less sell the LuK clutch kit for £88.12!!!!!!!!
 

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What was the excuse for the extra £200 after they gave you the quote?
In my screenshot I posted above of my invoice, it shows that they had to reface the flywheel as it was apparently badly scored. The clutch fork and bearing sleeve were broken too. They phoned me after a couple of hours to tell me this, they also said it needs new gearbox oil which was going to be another £24.

I then phoned my mobile mechanic who told me to tell them not to do all that and just do the original job. So I called them back but they said the clutch wouldn't work properly if they didn't do those things and that they wouldn't be able to give me the warranty. So I was over a barrel. I told them not to bother with the oil though. They showed me those old components after the job was finished.
 
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