For the majority of new vehicle purchasers, opening, never mind reading or understanding an owners manual/vehicle maintenance schedule is unheard of.

It can be overwhelming & expensive when you need to have your vehicle serviced or repaired.

Most dealerships have their own service department and want you to return.  

Well of course as the money is in the shop.  Having you visit on a maintenance schedule & retaining you as a customer is what every dealership in the country does.

If they don’t try their best to keep you as a loyal lifetime customer then they will probably lose your next vehicle purchase as well.

Most of your dealers have their own scheduled service plan for you.  I would recommend reading your manual to see what the recommended maintenance for your vehicle is from the manufacturer that made the vehicle.

The FACTORY RECOMMENDED SERVICE IN YOUR OWNERS MAINTENANCE MANUAL IS THE SERVICE PLAN YOU SHOULD FOLLOW>

(On occasion there may be more work needed. EX: brakes tires, a fluid change)

 

Please keep all your service records as if you need to have a repair performed will under warranty the dealership can ask for these records.  It is your responsibility to maintain the car and as long as you have the factory service requirements performed, have records of it being performed and no neglect or abuse then your failed part should be warrantied.

It is your responsibility to properly maintain your vehicle. as long as you have the factory service requirements performed, have records of it being performed and no neglect or abuse then your failed part should be warrantied.

As long as you have the factory service requirements performed, have records of it being performed and no neglect or abuse then your failed part should be warrantied.

So do you have to service your vehicle at the dealership? NO

You can service it where you like.   If you service it yourself keep receipts, logs, miles, etc.

If you service it an independent garage just be sure they follow your vehicle’s factory recommended maintenance plan & be sure you keep all your receipts in a folder if you ever need them as proof of having them performed.

You could save thousands on your vehicles service needs by not going to the new car dealerships but on the other hand, the dealerships are very familiar with the specific vehicles they sell and know the problems and recalls they may have.

If a garage tells you that a repair is needed – Do your research before having anything done.

Get a second or third opinion.  Unless it is a safety item and causes concern for you and/ or the safety of your vehicle.  Even then have them show you the issue.

Read your vehicles owners & service warranty manual as you may be surprised as many components are covered by different types of warranties.

Adjustments – Basic warranty – Powertrain – Federal Emissions –

Keep on Rolling — Rusty N.

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