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    Tequipment cheaper than option!

    Dillinger brought my attention to a detail.
    Certain options are actually more expensive when ordered new than buying them afterwards through tequipment.
    One example from the French website:
    Short shifter:
    Option: 574,08 Euros
    Tequipment: 406,64 Euros!
    And there are other options in that case of course.
    Am I missing something here?
    The only explanation I can think of is that eventually, buying tequipment will always be more expensive bc you have to add work hours to install the device and then more work hours for the test drive of the vehicle.
    But I'm confused nonetheless.
    Some clarification would be greatly appreciated, I will certainly ask my dealer next time I'm in town.

    Re: Tequipment cheaper than option!

    Labor costs of retrofit? Search me.

    Re: Tequipment cheaper than option!

    Holminator said:
    Labor costs of retrofit? Search me.

    Right, don't think that a dealer will fit the shortshifter for only a mere 150 Euro ...

    Re: Tequipment cheaper than option!


    Short shifter in Greece 470,00 euro aprox,
    Labor work for instalation 420,00!!

    2 optic fibres for PCM modules 286,00 euro
    labor work for instalation 300,00 euro!!!!

    The difference is exactly because in factory options some small fee is included for the extras

    Retrofit is cheaper and can stay a little cheaper (10-20 euros) is labor work is really minor.
    But in most cases labor cost is high so retrofit can get higher than factory fit.
    Moreover i will always consider factory fit more reliable.

    And work labor is not fixed,can vary from country and maybe from dealer.
    An example
    when they install telephone for PCM and CD Changer and 2 optic fibres at the same time,labor cost should be smaller because the "open" the car and can save time from all activities as they do them at the same time and dont have to remove plastics,carpets,and other things.
    Instead the charge labor the same as it would cost if they done it separetely, which is irrational due to the fact that if they install each item separetely they would need double time to take out and then put in again all the things needed to approach the certain cables.

    It a matter of great profit for dealers.
    Moreover in Greece,for example,most people would prefer retrofit,because its not taxated.

    One factor that makes factory options more expensive is that these items are taxated in the customs when the car enters your country.
    For example, Short shifter when installed in factory will be listed in cars extras and when the car carries greater value upon entrance in the customs it has greater taxation.
    Thats not happennning in retrofit.

    To conclude in some countries,like mine, even the owner of the car has a profit at retrofit,Because, the cars taxation (based on factory price + the extras that alter the factory's price)is lower when with not many extras.Then the owner can have the extras retrofitted and pay only the VAT,whereas in the first case he will pay each year higher taxation for his car(that will be charged with certain extras).

    I hope i did not confuse you.

    Re: Tequipment cheaper than option!

    Greece:the only african country with white citizens...

    Re: Tequipment cheaper than option!

    you got this correct!!!"!

    Re: Tequipment cheaper than option!

    Thanks for the reply Dillinger, makes sense.



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