Hello my friends,
This is a question I get asked all the time. As a lifetime car nut and all around informed car person, it is a tricky one to answer. Before you make this decision you need to ask yourself a few questions.
One: How old is your current vehicle?
Two: Is it still under warranty?
Three: What type of service is needed?
Four: Would you risk aftermarket parts to save a few dollars?
Five: Is the cost savings really worth it?
After asking all the these questions you will get a feel for your comfort level and will most likely avoid some of the most common mistakes made by car owners today. Of course if you have an older car, that is out of warranty and your local mechanic has been good to you it’s your call.
I am also not going to say that an oil change done by Jiffy Lube, Mr. Lube, Hans and Franz, etc is the end of the world by any means. You do however need to remember that factory trained technician do spend 30-40 hours a year at least to maintain their training on your vehicle.
What does this mean to you?
One: They know your vehicle and will fix it quicker in most cases.
Two: They have the tools needed to get the job done right the first time.
Three: They have the computers needed to find the problem in the first place.
Four: They use factory parts, not aftermarket ones and these parts usually carry a warranty as well.
Five: It just makes sense in most cases because after the dust settles the cost to go to a dealer compared to your local mechanic is most likely very similar. In some cases it may even be less.
Ways to save money on service.
One: Check for service specials and loyal customer savings first.
Two: An oil change is no substitute for your regular service. A car that is serviced regularly will cost less to maintain.
Three: If you are going to the dealership anyway for a recall, you may want to schedule your service as well to save time and money.
Four: Rotate your tires every 2nd oil change if possible to improve tire life, fuel economy and safety.
Five: Never be afraid to ask for a discount, if you don’t ask you will never know.
Six: Support your local dealer so they are there when you need them.
Don’t forget to save your service history; it will improve the value of your car when you sell it later, and if you are ever in an accident document it with photos and the repair bill as well.
These are my recommendations of course, you can feel free to compare and come to your own conclusions. I have been working in the automobile industry for over ten years now, and I feel I have a great bead on things.
Don’t forget to smile and happy driving…
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