Monday, March 08, 2010
British Gas - Taking The Piss
Good morning my loyal readers, please allow me to regale you with a tale concerning my dear old mum, her boiler and British Gas.
Its a tale and half!
Last week mum's boiler went on the blink. British Gas were duly summoned to fix said boiler, and they did what they could but advised a new one was needed.
Sure enough, as eggs were eggs, the boiler breathed its last on Friday. By happy happenstance British Gas were on hand to provide a quote for a new boiler.
At this stage allow me to inform you that mum lives in a two bedroom apartment, on the 3rd floor of a modern well kept apartment block.
Can you guess how much British gas quoted?
British gas quoted £4700 (gross of their £400 discount), ie net price of £4300.
Does that figure not seem a tad high to you?
The British Gas employee who provided the quote suggested that it was, and that I would be unlikely to take it.
I duly acquired another quote from a recommended, reputable gas fitter/plumber.
Can you guess what he quoted?
Yes, £3K less than the British Gas gross quote.
How can there be such a price differential?
Ah, British Gas explain it thus...health and safety!
You see my loyal readers, British Gas are of the view that in order to install the boiler (and adjust the flu) they will need to erect (there's that word again!) scaffolding.
Health and safety, don't you know!
Quite how attempting to fleece an elderly widowed lady of £4700 makes her feel any more healthy or safer is beyond me.
However, as we know, Nanny Knows Best!
Can you guess which boiler installer we are going to use?
Suffice to say, my advice to all of you out there is to avoid British Gas like the plague.
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