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I bought two new tyres at Kwik Fit yesterday as included was a "free wheel alignment check"
Straight away, the chap in reception was quick to tell me if adjustment was required it was another £59.99.
I said I don't want it at that price and was only having it checked as it was free.

When I collected my car plus new tyres, he gave me a print out of the wheel alignment which he said was "way out"
From what I read elsewhere on here, it seems I was right not to let kwik-fit touch my tracking.

What would be a fair price for the tracking to be adjusted
Is it necessary as it seems the readings are just outside the boundary?
Lastly, Why do the before and current readings differ, if Kwik-fit didn't do any adjustments?
 

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Do you have any idea how long it takes to do a wheel alignment? You've got to attach things to the wheels, you've got to ensure the steering wheel is dead straight, then do all the calculations... It takes time. So why do Kwik shit do it for free? It's because they overcharge or cheat while overcharging.

A specialist charges £60 (the type of guy who'll set up race cars) and a standard tyre place is about £40. That's in the north though. If you haven't checked your car in years, it's probably worth it on tyre and fuel savings alone!

Just be aware, you can't change camber settings though, that requires suspension bush / arm changes
 

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Do you have any idea how long it takes to do a wheel alignment? You've got to attach things to the wheels, you've got to ensure the steering wheel is dead straight, then do all the calculations... It takes time. So why do Kwik shit do it for free? It's because they overcharge or cheat while overcharging.

A specialist charges £60 (the type of guy who'll set up race cars) and a standard tyre place is about £40. That's in the north though. If you haven't checked your car in years, it's probably worth it on tyre and fuel savings alone!

Just be aware, you can't change camber settings though, that requires suspension bush / arm changes
Love that "Kwik Shit"
I only found out this week that only the toe can be adjusted.
Remainder requires new suspension and as you say bushes etc.
Looks like I was very wise not to trust Kwik Fit!
How Kwik-Fit are making a fortune from charging customers for wheel alignments that don’t need adjusted. | by Rip Off Kwik-Fit | Medium

In the 12 years I have owned this car, I have never had wheel alignment checked or adjusted and my last front tyres did 26,400miles. The rear tyres have already done 37,464miles and have 5mm tread left.

Why can’t companies just do the work they are asked to without trying to “add value” with commission hungry managers, which only service to alienate your existing loyal customers. I didn’t have the wheel alignment adjusted because I didn’t trust Kwik Fit to do it properly and may have implied extra work was required which was not necessary.
I got caught years ago at a Halfords Auto Centre and have never been back to one since.
 
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