Quality Servicing At Reasonable Rates
You have a wide choice when it comes to car servicing right from an oil change shop to the main dealer. All these options are not alike and it's important to choose the right one.
The Dealer Garage
There is no doubt about the quality of service at the dealer garage, but it's expensive. Very often, it's not the most convenient option due to the distance or the long wait to get the appointment. Dealer garages also use company-provided spares, which are costly compared to equivalent OEM spares.
Oil Change Shops And Small Garages
Small oil change centres and local garages may seem cheap in the short run. However, they lack proper equipment, trained people and access to original spares, service manuals or software. You can never be sure about the quality of service or the quality of spares used. Most services are limited to just the oil change and some general checks. If your car is in warranty, this type of service can make it invalid. In most small garages, you have to negotiate to get their best rates. It's tough to negotiate when you have very little idea of what you are getting. Even after all the negotiation, you may get unanticipated extra charges in the final bill.
Reputable Garages Or Specialist Garages
Reputable and specialist garages have the equipment, software, spares, trained mechanics and manufacturer support to provide service that is as good as the main dealer. Their prices are generally fixed for standard services, but tend to be lower than the dealer garage. Depending on the usage of your car, you can choose between a full service and a minimal service. There are no surprises when you get the bill. If any additional work is required, it is performed only after getting your consent.
Large Garages Are Hassle Free
They will collect your car from your home or office and drop it back after service. You can also drop the car at the garage and then pick it up once the service is completed. You can speak to the mechanics and you are likely to deal with the same team on every visit. This gives you a more personalised service. Specialist garages will stamp the service booklet and maintain the service history, which is helpful when you sell the car.
When it's time to get your car serviced, opt for a reputable garage instead of the main dealer. You will get good service at a lower cost. A large garage usually offers the services of mobile mechanics who can diagnose and fix small problems on the spot. You can use them when you need roadside assistance or to resolve post-service issues quickly.