The next time your vehicle needs an oil change, tire rotation, or some other tune-up, you might be tempted to take it to your local auto repair shop. But the neighborhood garage isn’t the best place to address your mechanical issues. Car dealers, with their relationship with major brands, have access to parts and history and are better equipped to handle complications that might arise over the life of your automobile.
The mechanics that work for car dealers see the same makes and models on a regular basis. This means that they are particularly familiar with the common issues of your vehicle. They are also better equipped to detect and deal with the more uncommon issues.
Access to Factory Parts
When replacing parts in an automobile, there are three main types to choose from: used, factory, and after-market. At a local garage, the most common type of parts used in repairs is after-market parts. These parts were produced by a company not associated with the brand. These parts sometimes work across different makes and models and have some degree of “universality.” This cuts down on the price of the part, but it also wears down your vehicle. Factory parts are made by the company that makes your vehicle. They are the absolute best fit for your automobile, and they will work better with the other parts of your engine than after-market parts. Car dealers have easy access to these parts, and they are sometimes cheaper than if purchased online or at an auto parts store.
When having vehicles worked on at the lot, the mechanics will have access to the automobile’s history, including any service or maintenance that was done to it before it left the lot. This can be invaluable in the event of unforeseen issues or an accident when it might be difficult to detect the source of mechanical problems. The history is also helpful when it comes time to sell since you can provide potential buyers with any and all service that was performed throughout the life of the automobile.
Brand-Backed Service Contracts Save You Time (and Money)
When you visit car dealers for maintenance, your salesperson will probably offer you a brand-name service contract. This might seem like an unwanted or unnecessary expense, but a contract can actually save a considerable amount of time and money in the future. These contracts are specifically formulated for your make, model, and mileage. The maintenance included in the contract keeps your vehicle in the best working condition for the entirety of its life. Preference, as well as special drop-off and pick-up privileges, are given to customers with service contracts.