Should you visit your local mechanic at the corner garage or an authorized car service centre? There depends entirely on the type of person you are and the journey (pun intended) you see ahead with your car.
Here are 11 factors that you should consider before making this decision:
If your car is under warranty, going to an authorised service centre should be the default choice. Your car will need to be serviced in a standardised manner with manufacturer-approved parts to keep the car warranty intact. Moreover, any repairs will probably be covered by the warranty.
It is usually easier to sell the car and even get a better price if your car has been regularly serviced at an authorised service centre. For this simple reason that the buyer can rest assured that the car was always serviced under manufacturer-approved guidelines with original parts, aka, the buyer can trust what to expect.
Authorised car dealerships and service centres are only allowed to use manufacturer- approved original parts. You can sleep soundly at night knowing that your car is only being fitted with genuine spare parts at the correct prices.
Suppose you’re that relatively rare breed that enjoys tinkering around with your car and optimising it for the individualistic performance you desire. In that case, a local mechanic you trust might be a better option for you. Car service centres are often restricted in the level of customisation that they are allowed to do & usually have to comply with manufacturer guidelines set for optimum performance and government safety and emission protocols. However, to meet this need, car service centres offer a wider range of custom options.
The technicians and mechanics at the service centres are trained specifically to work on all the brand's car models, usually by the manufacturers themselves. Also, since they are constantly working on the same company car models, they have more expertise in handling your cars than the unauthorised service centres.
Today's cars often run on or are fitted with different electronic systems that are out of scope knowledge for local mechanics, as it requires special expertise for repair and maintenance. With the latest technology coming enabled in cars, it is better to be safe than sorry.
It is common to think that local garages are always cheaper than service centres. Providing standardised services has allowed most service centre to offer competitive prices to their customers. Whichever way you decide to go eventually, it is worthwhile to check the prices for different services both at your local garage and an authorised service centre before choosing.
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For small issues that require fast resolution, such as a quick oil change, it might be faster to do a quick in and out at your local garage. For bigger issues or more time-consuming ones, service centres are often better equipped to deal with them quickly and efficiently due to their larger staff and better resources.
If a well-lit, possibly air-conditioned waiting area with refreshments and a clean washroom is your thing, an authorized service centre is the way to go. If you don’t mind roughing it out, you could give your local garage a shot.
Your local garage mechanic maybe somebody you have known since your teenage years and are familiar and comfortable with, and sometimes we crave that personal touch in our transactions today. Most service centres do recognize this now, and on looking at their Google reviews, it is apparent that most customers have formed these bonds with their service advisors and dealership mechanics. After all, it is local mechanics that move on to work at the service centres.
Our local mechanics are often located closest to us and, therefore, are most convenient. However, especially in urban areas, this is rapidly changing. Most dealerships have multiple car service centres spread through various parts of the city and usually at more accessible, convenient localities.Complete list of Trident Hyundai’s Car Service Centres.
At the end of the day, whatever you pick, make sure to keep reliable records of all services done and parts used. Even the least enthusiastic automotive owners often find that their vehicle becomes an extension of themselves, and must be cared for as such.