What Happened To Fasfik?

It seems that I’m clocking my car’s odometer a little bit sooner than I should. With the amount of traveling that I’m doing everyday, I would have to service my car at least once every 2 months instead of 3 months. There is one way to avoid this, move nearer to my office which is located about 40km from my house in KL.

Anyway, last weekend I went to Kepong where I used to go and service my car. I had noticed one of Fasfik’s service workshop in Sri Serdang had been closed for quite some time. I would have never thought Fasfik Kepong would have gone to the same process.

Fasfik Kepong Closed (August 2008)
Fasfik Kepong Closed (August 2008)
 

It’s a pity that such a nice location and a nice facility needed to be closed down. I suspect Fasfik is having a scaling issues whereby they tried to go big very quickly but find out that they are incapable of supplying enough resources. In businesses, there is always risk to be taken therefore I guess Fasfik would really have to make a decision whether to move forward and overcome their obstacles or just sell off their business like what Projet (Now being bought over by Shell) did.

I am quite sad to see them closed down however, my car needs to be serviced one way or the other. A few meters away from where Fasfik is located, is another service workshop. They’re currently having a promotion but it is only for old cars. Their normal package for my car starts at RM98 but I ended up paying RM178 because of other parts of my car that is slowly deteriorating. I should have brought my laptop because there’s free Wi-Fi while waiting in the customer’s waiting lounge.

AutoCare & Tyre (ACT) with Free Wi-Fi Available
AutoCare & Tyre (ACT) with Free Wi-Fi Available
 

This ACT Workshop is Very Clean
This ACT Workshop is Very Clean
 

The service was quite fast. In less than an hour, my car was serviced and running smoothly again. Now isn’t that money well spent? So much of me being so thrifty.

My Third Visit to Fasfik

My car was overdue for its scheduled service. I was supposed to send it for a pit stop every 5,000km but since I just got myself a new mileage meter replacing the broken one, I think I’ve clocked almost 10,000km already. Anyway, being a loyal customer to a particular service shop, I sent my car for a service job at my usual car service workshop, Fasfik Kepong branch.

Unlike my previous two visits to the same branch before, there was only one guy attending me for my car’s service job. Then I saw this:

Ashrufzz Reality Adventure Snapshot at Fasfik Kepong Branch
 

Taking a closer look at the screen:

Ashrufzz Reality Adventure Snapshot at Fasfik Kepong Branch Close Up
Ashrufzz Reality Adventure Snapshot at Fasfik Kepong Branch
 

It’s my picture featured on the main computer inside the workshop. I was overjoyed, at least my blog name is visible. One of the Fasfik owners commented on one of my Fasfik review recently. I guess I must have made a good impression to them..hehe..

My Car Third Service Pit Stop @ Fasfik Kepong
My Car Third Service Pit Stop @ Fasfik Kepong
 

I had a chat with the one and only mechanic at that time, he revealed some surprising and appalling information. All the other Fasfik crew of Kepong branch had left. He himself was from another neighbor Fasfik branch being assigned there to bring the service shop branch back to life. From a management point of view, I can understand why they only give basic salary to the crew. I can also understand how a life of mechanic is since I was a car mechanic trainee during my years of studying automotive engineering. I guess you need to love your job in order to stay long in your career. Even I myself has job hopped so many times before landing to something I really love doing.

During my last visit, the branch ran out of Fasfik engine oil so I had to resort to the expensive Shell Helix engine oil. This time, I guess there was an oversupply of Fasfik engine oil. Basically, it’s just a basic engine oil being labeled.

Fasfik Engine Oil Product
Fasfik Engine Oil Product
 

I don’t know why, but I just love packaged product. It makes me feel as I’m buying a bargain deal rather than the expensive customized service.

Fasfik Line of Packaged Products
Fasfik Line of Packaged Products
 

This visit cost me RM50 for an engine oil change job along with a free engine oil filter and regular check of my car.

Getting My Car Fixed at Fasfik

A new car service station chain is popping up in the Klang Valley. The name of the car service station is Fasfik. I first got to know them after passing by their branch on my way to my office. They also sent flyers to my house and they advertise on a local radio. As always, being a person who always want to try out promotions and bargain plus I just got my first salary for my new employment, I went around town and found out that the nearest Fasfik service station branch is at Kepong.

Fasfik Kepong Branch

After asking the personnel and bargaining the price for a full set of tyres for my car, I managed to secure a standard Dunlop SP 490 TL 175/60/R13 tyre for RM104 a piece which include a free balancing and wheel alignment services. I then added a brake fluid change since they’ve offered a 50% discount on all services. My budget back then was below RM500. After agreeing on the price and services, I gave my car keys to the mechanics and hang around taking photos of my car being serviced:

My Stock Standard Proton Iswara Aeroback 1.3L
My Stock Standard Proton Iswara Aeroback 1.3L
The Car Service Job Begins
The Car Service Job BeginsMy Proton floating above the ground..
My Proton Iswara Aeroback floating above the ground..
The Mechanic sucking my old brake fluid out
The Mechanic sucking my old brake fluid out
The suction tank that stores bad oil
The suction tank that stores bad oil
My New Dunlop 175/70/R13 Tyre Set
My New Dunlop 175/70/R13 Tyre Set
The Fasfik boys doing their jobs..
The Fasfik boys doing their jobs..
My car undergoing wheel alignment
My car undergoing wheel alignment tuning
The wheel alignment pit
The wheel alignment pit
My invoice and a free wheel alignment and balancing service coupon
My invoice and a free wheel alignment and balancing service coupon

My total cost for the car service was RM465 and I paid cash. I think Fasfik gave me a really good price. I recommend them if you want a fast, good and cheap service for your car.

Although I once become a member of a car club, I don’t think I am qualified to be a petrol head. I heard that a man’s first wife is their car, that’s not necessarily true. For me, a car is just a car. It’s a mode of transportation. You’ll know about how his car personality just by looking at his or her car or how much they spend on their car. Thanks to Fasfik mechanic (they spotted that my car is tilted on the driver’s side), my next car service would be changing my shock absorber. That would require my car to undergo a wheel re-alignment. Lucky for me, they gave a transferable coupon for a free wheel alignment service. I’ll definitely drop by their place again once I hunted down a pair of shock absorbers (again, a cheap and good one of course).