Dealer vs. mechanic: Who should you choose for your car service?

Posted on Monday, November 5, 2018 - 11:20

Keeping your car running at its prime generally requires that you stick to a maintenance schedule. However, when it comes to repairing your four wheels is it cost effective to do it at an authorised dealership or service it outside of the dealership? This guide will help you know the cost and other considerations to get the best deal when repairing your car.

All in the name of the warranty

Car owners who may have heard that their warranty can get eroded if they do not use a dealer to service their car. However, under Australian law, you are under no obligation to have your car serviced at a dealership. So long as you take the vehicle to a qualified mechanic of your choice you will still be able to maintain your warranty. One of the other major factors that will decide where you go and service your car will depend on the cost.

The cost of servicing a car

Servicing costs across Australia differ based on where you are, the model of your car, and its age. According to Budget Direct, Servicing costs for a two-car household in major cities around Australia was at $28.24 each week. In general, it is recommended that you service a car every 12 months or every 15,000 kilometers.

The cost of servicing at a dealer varies. Therefore, there is no average cost, but if you have your heart set on getting your car serviced at a dealer out of convenience then it is vital that you compare. You can also use a mechanic that will be able to service your car according to what has been approved by the manufacturers manual, and with genuine parts.

According to a survey by Oneflare, the average cost of hiring a mechanic ranged from a minimum of $160 - $250 depending on which state that you choose.

How to compare the service costs of a vehicle

Weighing the option that you have between servicing your car at a dealership and choosing your own mechanic can help you choose a cost-effective method that is suitable for you. It can also help you sift through options that may charge you with unexpected charges or add additional expenses that you do not really need. What you can compare is:

  • Shop around and compare to find the best servicing deal that works for your budget. It also best to stick to a mechanic that has a good track record to help you keep your warranty intact.
  • Service according to the warranty logbook or capped priced to ensure that you do not overstep the warranty that is in place to protect your car.
  • Check that genuine parts are being used to avoid having to face major expenses later down the road.

You can ask your dealer or mechanic of choice to give you a breakdown of costs before you take your car to get serviced. This will give you a good idea of whether the option that you choosing is affordable for your personal situation.

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