There are reasons to go to your dealership, like for that first free oil change they often offer when you buy a new car. Or, if you receive a notice of a recall or need warranty work. However, you don’t have to do your regular maintenance with the dealership in order for your warranty to stay in effect, even if your salesperson infers this. In fact, there are many benefits of choosing a local independent mechanic over the dealership.
Rarely is a dealership the best value. There’s a lot of overhead for their prime location, all the cars sitting on their lot, sales team, marketing, and everything else. When you choose an ASE Certified Mechanic, they use the same quality parts, but not necessarily the part that comes in the box with your manufacturer’s logo, even if thought there’s a high probability they were made at the same factory. And, because an ASE Certified Mechanic has full training, you can be assured that the work they do is done right.
When you choose a local ASE Certified Mechanic you don’t have to go out of your way. You can choose one near your home or work, whichever is more convenient. Most local mechanics offer free estimates and some offer longer hours than the dealership. They may not have a fancy waiting room with all the bells and whistles that the dealership does but you also won’t be hassled by a sales rep trying to convince you that you need a new car.
Consumer Reports found that overall independent mechanics were rated higher by their customers than the dealerships in customer service. For some people it’s the fact that they’re often speaking directly to the mechanic about their car and issue rather than an office person. For others, it was the fact that the job was completed in a timely manner as expected at a fair price.
If you’re looking for an ASE Certified Mechanic to handle your vehicle’s maintenance and repair, consider Oldsmar Automotive. We’re local, have highly trained and certified mechanics on staff ready to work on your car. We use only factory authorized parts and we offer the NAPA Authorized Peace of Mind® Warranty on qualified parts and labor. Call (727) 784-3501 or visit 3166 Tampa Road in Oldsmar today.