Ian Edelman in Doha

Expat exploits in Qatar

Getting serviced

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During January the odometer on my car passed the 1,000km which meant it required its first service.

Nissan Service Centre

I took it to the large Nissan workshops in the ‘Industrial area’ of the city. This is a huge industrial estate where most of the car dealerships have their service centres plus a load of other buildings for light industrial activities.

I got there at 7.30am on a Saturday morning and joined a queue of other Nissan owners. When I got the the front of the line, I was told I was in the Nissan Patrol queue and that Qashqais were services next door.

They operate a deli style ticket system, so you get a ticket as you enter the building and wait for your number to come up. The car was eventually booked in for the ‘while you wait’ oil change and I sat in the large reception area.

Nissan reception

After about 15 minutes a man with a tray came round offering tea.

Tea man at Nissan

Nissan workshop Doha

Forty minutes later my car emerged from the huge workshop, cleaned with fresh oil. The next service is due at 5,000km, and every 5,000km thereafter, as the high dust content in the air means that oil and filters need to be changed more frequently than in the UK.


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