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If you are someone who dreads taking their car for a service, Trusted Dealers are here to put your mind at ease when it comes to finding the right service for you and your car.
Visiting a garage need not be a difficult experience providing you do your homework before you enter the forecourt. It may be hard to believe but not every car mechanic is out to scam you, however, if you know in advance how much things should cost and you make it clear to the mechanic you are not going to take his advice at face-value, you should come away with a fair deal.
Obtaining a service from a franchised dealer such as Trusted Dealers is a safe option and will guarantee that all of the replacement parts used are genuine. In addition, all Trusted Dealers are able to offer service plans which mean that you can budget your servicing costs monthly or even pay it up front when you purchase your car, enabling you to get the best bang for your buck.
If you are looking for value for money when taking your car for a service, follow our five key tips below:
1. Spend time researching where to get the best value for money – even franchised dealers will vary slightly in cost so it’s well worth obtaining a quote from more than one dealer before you make a decision.
2. Check your warranty document before you book a service, if your car is still under warranty then you will need to make sure that the work if done at a franchised dealer to ensure you warranty remains valid.
3. When you take your car in for its service, always ask the mechanic to call you with a definitive quote before the work is undertaken. This will give you a more accurate idea of the total bill and you will also be able to calculate the amount of hours which have been put in, to ensure you do not get ripped off.
4. When you collect your car, make sure where possible that you go in person as you then have the opportunity to question the mechanic thoroughly before you pay the bill – ask to see what the mechanic has done and don’t let them confuse you with complicated terms. If any parts have been replaced, ask the mechanic to show you the old part plus explain why it needed replacing
5. When you have paid for your service, always ask for a receipt which contains a detailed breakdown of the work which has been carried out. This will be a vital source of reference if you experience any problems afterwards.