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.

My Second Visit to Fasfik

Last October 2007, I sent my car for a service at Fasfik Kepong. After 4 months of excessive car usage fighting the KL traffic jam plus the extra money from Google Adsense payout earlier, it’s time to get my car for a service treat. I drive my Proton Iswara car every single day. So it is crucial to get my car well maintained to avoid any complication in case if I my car broke down along my way to work.

One of the disadvantage of owning a second hand car is most of the important working parts of the car is used and requires replacement. This time, it was my car’s front shock absorber. I’ve heard of stories where people normally gets ripped off when they send their car to the workshop. I never encountered any of that problem simply because I know what parts are needed to be replaced (putting my diploma in automotive engineering practice of course). Apart from that, since I only use a stock standard car and the location of where I live, there will always be replacement parts available for me to shop around.

Here’s one tip if you want to slash your car maintenance’s cost, buy your car replacement parts at a local shop. Avoid asking your car’s workshop to buy it for unless it is really necessary. Also avoid buying parts at a well known accessories shop, their price are 10 to 25 percent higher than the local shop. I’ve been practicing this for years. One area famous of automotive replacement parts which apparently where I live is Jalan Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur. In my area alone, there are 4 – 6 shops selling automotive replacement parts.

Rows of Shop at Batu 5 Jln Ipoh
Rows of Shop at Batu 5 Jln Ipoh
 

Because of the good experience at Fasfik Kepong last time, I went there again today for their excellent services.

Fasfik Kepong Branch
Fasfik Kepong Branch
 

Before handing over my car keys to Fasfik personnel, an agreement is first made between the car owner and Fasfik about the price quoted. Once that is established, then the time of job is estimated and then executed:

My Proton Iswara being scrutinized
My Proton Iswara being scrutinized
 

Replacing my old shock absorber
Replacing my old shock absorber
 

Installing my new car's shock absorber
Installing my new car’s shock absorber
 

Jobs Done
Job’s Done
 

Replacing the car’s shock absorber involves the removal of the wheel. Because of that, a re-alignment is needed:

My Proton Iswara on the Alignment Job
My Proton Iswara on the Alignment Job
 

While doing the alignment, the mechanic noticed that my wheel camber alignment on my left side of the wheel is out of tune. He then suggested for me to install a camber nut for RM25 a piece. A new quotation was made and I agreed to it. The best part of Fasfik is they have a central online management system built using open source architecture called Fasfik Intelligent Management System. Check out their portal here.

Fasfik Intelligent Management System
Fasfik Intelligent Management System
 

Here’s the summary cost of my entire car service this time:

Tell me what do you think of the price above. Find out if Fasfik is available in your area here.

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).