Independent vs. dealer shops for car repair
Where You Should Go For Vehicle Maintenance and Repairs...
Consumer Report’s subscriber’s survey found that independent auto repair shops like Braeside Automotive rated much higher for service, overall satisfaction, price, quality, courteousness of the staff, and work deadlines met as promised.
When considering where to take your vehicle for auto maintenance and auto repair, you need to understand the difference between the two. Maintenance items that are routine are listed in your vehicle's owner's manual as part of your vehicle’s service schedule. This is intended to keep your vehicle in top performing condition. Repairs are services that needed to fix an immediate problem.
Taking your vehicle to the Neighborhood auto repair shop is a wise for convenient auto service and you will also save money. However how much you save will depend on what work needs to be performed.
Regular scheduled maintenance can be done at any dealership; you are not obligated to go to the location you purchased your vehicle at. Likewise, you can take your vehicle to an independent auto repair shop, which are typically a lot less expensive than dealerships.
Warranty coverage is regulated by Federal law and gives you the right to service your vehicle wherever you like. (Check your contract if you have a lease because you may be required to have all your service done at a dealership for the term of your lease.)
Dealership's service department mechanics are not the only ones specifically trained and certified on your model's service needs, and many independent shops are equipped with all of the necessary diagnostic equipment required to fully service your needs.
Because maintenance items are fairly basic, however, any professional auto shop should be able to perform the necessary tasks.
If your vehicle is out of the warranty period, a reputable independent shop like Braeside Automotive will be able to handle common repairs. We are a large auto repair shop and most likely have a mechanics on staff that specializes in your vehicle's brand. We also have a policy that when a problem warrants a trip to the dealership we let you know. Isn't that what you would expect from us?