5 Perks of Dealership Services
Without a doubt, dealerships provide the best service you can get for your vehicle. With staff members who specialize in repairing and maintaining vehicles from a single manufacturer, you reap the benefits of their knowledge and expertise. Take a look at these five perks of using your local dealership for service instead of a chain repair shop or mom and pop operation.
1. Unsurpassed Expertise
From the technicians in the garage to the desk staff setting up appointments, the dealership’s service team has training on how to handle its manufacturer’s vehicles. Often, technicians receive ongoing education from the manufacturer as new issues arise and technology advances. That means the team at your dealership are aware of potential problems with your type of vehicle and likely already know how to fix it.
2. Manufacturer’s Parts
At the dealership, most repairs get done with original equipment — known as OE — parts. Not only can you trust that the part is well made and will last a long time, but you also know it’s made to fit your vehicle. Consequently, you can expect your car to have optimal performance after being repaired. In contrast, other shops may repair your car with a generic part that may not last or that doesn’t perform adequately because it’s not an exact match for your vehicle’s make and model. Don’t waste time and money on these inadequate attempts to repair your car.
3. Reminders of Service
Most local dealerships maintain excellent records for their service department. That means they’ll know when your car’s due for routine maintenance and may send you a reminder through snail mail, email, or text to schedule your appointment. By following the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule, you’re increasing the likelihood your car will be in great shape for years to come. Timely oil changes, tire rotations, and fluid replacement go a long toward protecting the integrity of your car’s mechanical systems.
4. Paperwork on Your Vehicle’s History
Because the dealership has reliable records, you’ll have a clear record of all the work you had done on your car. If you go to sell it or trade it in, this paperwork can be useful in proving that you’ve taken good care of the vehicle. When you take your vehicle to different garages, especially small operations, the only proof of service you may have is a small receipt that doesn’t give many details on the service they did.
5. A Pleasant Environment While You Wait
Time seems to pass slowly anytime technicians are doing work on your car. That’s why you want to have a comfortable place to wait. You’re taking a risk that you may sit in a dirty, poorly lit, smoke-filled area at some small garages. However, at your dealership the seating will be comfortable, and there are usually drinks and snacks on hand.
Ultimately, the best perk of using a dealership is getting to know the staff and having them get to know your vehicle. As they’re familiar with your car’s or SUV’s history, they’ll have a more informed perspective as they tackle any new problems that may arise.
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