Don’t skip dealership maintenance in favor of private mechanics just because you think it’s cheaper. Often, maintenance or repairs at independent shops is pricier than at the dealership, and there are plenty of other ways you can save when you service at the dealership.
When you go to the dealership for maintenance, you’re getting expert technicians who are trained to work on your vehicle specifically and even have to attend regular classes to keep their knowledge current. This means they’re a lot less likely to make mistakes common at independent shops, like using the wrong kind of oil during an oil change. If your private mechanic does something like this, the repairs are a lot more expensive than an oil change at the dealership.
Instead of purchasing generic parts, dealerships will opt for OEM, (original equipment manufacturer), parts that are designed to fit your vehicle in particular. This will prevent any complications down the road from car parts designed to be imperfectly “universal.” Additionally, dealerships are held to a manufacturer standard when servicing vehicles, so they will always use the latest technology and diagnostic software.
Additionally, building good rapport with your dealership’s service department earns you benefits in the long run. Many dealerships want to build a lasting and loyal relationship with clients, so discounts, deals, and other incentives are offered to long-term, returning customers. There is also the added bonus of being able to use your warranty, because servicing your vehicle at a third-party business may void your warranty and cost you money in the long run.