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Before the lock down, my car needed new tyres. The advice I received was to buy the tyres online and have a local company fit them. Instead I went to my local company (family business) and they quoted the same price for the same tyres as I could get online but their price included fitting. Deal struck, tyres ordered and fitted the next day. Then I was told to stop by anytime and they will check the pressures and adjust for free as part of the service. I appreciate this is a smart way to keep my custom but they have my business and my recommendation for as long as I'm around.

It would be great to hear other experiences of good value and service in Portugal.   

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Before the lock down, my car needed new tyres. The advice I received was to buy the tyres online and have a local company fit them. Instead I went to my local company (family business) and they quoted the same price for the same tyres as I could get online but their price included fitting. Deal struck, tyres ordered and fitted the next day. Then I was told to stop by anytime and they will check the pressures and adjust for free as part of the service. I appreciate this is a smart way to keep my custom but they have my business and my recommendation for as long as I'm around.

It would be great to hear other experiences of good value and service in Portugal.   

Hi Gerry,

Yes, we have had the same treatment 😊

We have been here for 4 years now. When we needed tyres for our British registered car the online advice was to buy online.

A guy in our village works at a service centre in our nearest large town (Covipneus, Fundão) and he suggested going there. So, we thought, why not? We want to be Portuguese so yes, we'll do that. Shop local, support the local economy, and all that.

Well, they have been fantastic. Now that we have a Portuguese 4x4 we have all of our servicing, repairs, new tyres, pre-mot (IPO) done with them. The attention to detail is amazing, the aftercare is amazing, the cost is sensible. Sometimes it's ridiculously cheap!

Our last pre-inspection involved the normal testing of brakes, exhaust, etc, and two new bulbs. Because of Covid they are short staffed. We said ok and left our wagon there for three days. They rang us to say that we could collect it. The cost was €15.

As we have found with everything in Portugal, people have a job. They are proud of that job. They do that job to the best of their ability. (Look at the conductors on the trains! Smart uniform, very proud of their employment)

The UK used to be like that 😳  Not any more 😠

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@christopherdouglas 

I took ours to our local tyre centre, had 2 tyres fitted and the car came back cleaned as well. In the uk they cannot even be bothered to clean the wheel

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My new neighbours love that they can have their order of freshly baked bread delivered to their doorstep every morning. It's in a bag hanging on the door when they wake up! 

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I live rurally and still see old men using horse and carts on their land!

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@susy That is very romantic

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Not for the old man on the horse

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I like living in Portugal because it's not ENGLAND

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Wow ! I'm proud to be British and of England.  Portugal has been my home for 21 years and for me it's the way the Portuguese have made me and my family very welcome and the peaceful way of life  with some truly spectacular places to visit. 

 

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Our local electrical goods retailer is a little more expensive that any warehouse but the advice and service is second to none.
Our water heater broke down - they are out within the hour: fixed. We needed a new fridge/freezer - delivered and the old one taken away the same afternoon. New aircon unit - delivered and fitted the same day. The list goes on.
Confort in Tavira - HIGHLY recommended.

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