Hi there! Before I begin let me first say I have nothing personally against the dealerships….mostly. I do like to refer my online customers there for tricky problems that require the latest tools and mechanical knowledge to diagnose problems.
But, as in this video I do not recommend the new car dealer for routine maintenance items. Here are just a few things why I don’t recommend them for maintenance service.
1. Their labor rates are usually higher than other repair shops
2. They love to bundle their “scheduled maintenance packages” into one fixed price
3. Their maintenance packages are usually full of “inspect this” “check that” and not much “replace this” “replace that” language.
So as this short video I made below will explain, you are paying a lot of money for a lot of minor inspections which really could and SHOULD be done during a routine oil change.
So if you still want to go to the dealership for service, that is fine, just read the fine print of what you are paying for in advance and decline most of the inspections that come with a fee attached to them unless you really need to pay for that individual inspection.
I made my own generic maintenance schedules that you can print out and take to your mechanic to go over. Most of the items SHOULD be done for free during a routine oil change if you have a good mechanic who wants your business.
Here is the link MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES
Austin C. Davis
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