Do I have to go to the dealer for maintenance and repair on my car?

Depending on the nature of the work you need done, taking your vehicle to the dealership may or may not be required.

Warranty Work – If your car is under a manufacturer’s warranty, the fine print likely indicates that any work has to be done by an authorized dealership in order for the warranty to remain valid. If you’re having repair work done, make sure you’ve checked this first.

Routine Maintenance – When it comes to issues of routine maintenance like changing your oil and having your tires rotated, going to the dealership isn’t necessary and can actually be pricier than taking your car or light truck to a local mechanic. No matter where you have your maintenance performed, always keep a record of the work done.

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