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Should I use the Dealer to Service my Car?

There are many options available to you to service your car today. You can certainly have the vehicle serviced at the dealership you purchased from but, is that always the best idea? The answer depends a lot on you.

Letís eliminate, in most cases, the first alternative. Unless you are a mechanic or just love to work on your vehicle, most of us will only check under the hood when somethingís wrong.

Working on your vehicle today is a choice most of us stay away from when the car needs service. Cars today are much more complex pieces of machinery than they were in yearís past and just diagnosing the problem requires special instruments.

The most important point is to have your vehicle regularly serviced at a service center that you trust and that you know has a good reputation. This doesnít have to be at a dealership. There are many extremely qualified auto mechanics that work at or own there own service centers.

Many people worry that if they donít have there car serviced at the dealership where they bought it, that the manufacturers warranty will not be honored. Thatís completely false. As long as you have the vehicle serviced regularly at the manufacturerís specified interval by a qualified service center, the warranty will be honored.

Along with having the vehicle serviced by a qualified service center, the second most important point is to insure that you have good records on any and all service you have done to the vehicle. This includes regular oil changes and other routine service.

This is important if you need to use the warranty because of a problem that would be covered and itís also important if you end up selling the vehicle at some point.

If there was another vehicle for sale exactly like yours and the sale price was the same but, one seller had all of the service records and the other seller had a few receipts from Jiffy Lube, which vehicle would you buy? Exactly.

While itís convenient to have work done at franchise or chain operated shops such as Pep Boys and Firestone Service Centers, Iím not a big fan of these places. Iíve personally had an experience where I had an oil change done and the mechanic forgot to put the oil cap back on the engine block.

I didnít realize this until the low oil warning light came on a couple of months later. When I opened the hood, not only was the cap not screwed on, there was also an oil sheen over a good part of the engine where the hot oil splashed out.

Thatís not to say that theyíre all bad but, just be cautious.

So, keep your vehicle running well by having regular service performed at the manufacturersí specified intervals and make sure to use a qualified service center for repairs.
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