Should I Use A Main Dealer For My Car Service?
Many people ask this question. Does buying a new car mean I can only go to the dealer to have my vehicle serviced to maintain my warranty? The short answer is no!
You can save time and money by going to an independent garage to have your car service carried out without fear of voiding your new car warranty. European regulations that govern after-sales servicing of new vehicles was changed in October of 2003. You are no longer obligated to return to a franchise dealer during the warranty period for your servicing.
However, you must stick to the manufacturer’s recommended schedule of servicing and use their approved parts. You also need to keep records that prove you have stayed within their requirements for warranty.
Independent garages that work in a network can offer substantial discounts off the cost of your car service. They also offer great parts and labour guarantees. You get up front prices and if you choose to use an online network, they take care of everything once you make the booking. A courtesy driver will collect your car, and bring it back cleaned! You needn’t ever take your own car to be serviced again. Any extra work has to be approved by you before it’s carried out, and the customer service people ring you if there is any problem. Simple. Cost saving. Hassle-free.
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