Having car problems is just a fact of owning a car. When the inevitable happens though we owners have two real options on getting our cars repaired. We can take our vehicle to the corner garage, or back to the dealership. While taking your car to the local mechanic can have certain advantages, utilizing your dealer’s service center is usually the better choice. While you may have a personal relationship with the local mechanic around the corner, the dealership has ASE certified specialists that have been trained to work on the types of vehicles sold at their dealership. Here are 5 reasons why you should consider taking your car into your dealership the next time you need service.
The staff at a dealership service centers are manufacturer trained specialists. They also have specialist equipment which can be used to more accurately diagnose a vehicles problem.
Guarantee on the work
When it comes to a warranty on the work done to your car the dealership wins out over the local shop. Dealers will do repairs for free if your car is under warranty, and dealers are paid by the manufacturers to verify any potential service problems.
In general parts are not that hard to get. However, the dealers have direct pipeline access to the exact parts needed and not just approximations. They will also generally have specialty parts in stock that local shops may have to order.
Recalls and Service Bulletins
Dealers have access to all the technical and service related data put out by the manufacturers, and customers of the dealer’s service center have access to these technicians who generally keep their customers informed about all recalls.
Dealers are setup by the manufacturers to have the best and most state of the art facilities possible. Dealers also usually have larger facilities which means more service bays and faster service. Many of them will even wash and detail your car before its done.
There are advantages to taking your car to the local mechanic, but in many instances especially when you are concerned about a guarantee on your work and fast service that the dealership is the way to go.