Servicing Your Car at the Dealership: What You Need to Know
This is a popular question that many drivers still ask to this day. “If I choose not to service my car at the dealership will it void my warranty?” Instead of seeking the truth, many drivers decide to avoid the hassle and take their car to the dealership for regular service and maintenance in fear that their five or ten year warranty will be void if they go elsewhere.
The short answer is: No. You do not have to take your car back to the dealer every time you need a service or repair for your vehicle. However, the best practice would be to get more familiar with the details of your warranty so you don’t have to play a guessing game every time an issue presents itself.
Be advised that certain repairs may be covered under your warranty and in that case you’re going to want to take it to the dealer. Otherwise you are more than welcome to take your car to an independently owned repair shop for service and maintenance.
Note: It’s understandable that some drivers are skeptical on what the dealership may tell them about their warranty. Check your owner’s manual for specifics on recommended services and repairs.
Taking your car to an independently owned shop can also save you a lot of money in the long run. Dealership employees are often encouraged to sell more services than is necessary and more often than not the services they offer are overpriced.
Routine check-ups like oil changes, tire rotations, air filter replacements, and other fluid level checks can be done at your local auto shop without fear of voiding your warranty. Just in case, keep all of your receipts, documents, and other paperwork somewhere safe. That way if any problems come up with your vehicle’s performance you can take it back to the shop and have the issue corrected.
A local repair shop you can trust with your vehicles services and repairs is 2J’s Automotive. The expert mechanics at 2J’s will give you the proper services you need to drive at a top performance level on the road.
After administering a free diagnostics test (valued at $80) we will inform you of the problem and its location so you can decide on what needs to be done next. We will answer any questions you may have so you can drive with a peace of mind knowing your car is functioning the way it should be.
Call us at 817-232-9866 to schedule a check-up or come visit us at our shop.