Even if you opt for a high-end car with a great record for reliability, it’s still a legal requirement to have your vehicle serviced regularly to check everything is in working order. Unfortunately, the more special features you have on your car, the higher risk you have of something going wrong from time to time. When you need to get these kinds of issues sorted out, it can seem like a good value option to go with a cheap local garage. However, you will probably find that visiting an independent specialist garage will work out best.
For example, BMW maintenance and servicing is best completed by an expert who has specific knowledge and experience with BMW cars. Here is a summary of the key benefits.
Expertise – Specialists in any particular car brand will be trainedto look at your exact car model and find any problems. This is far preferable to someone who only has a general knowledge of cars, and might not have dealt with your car or your specific issue before.
Replacement parts – If any parts on your vehicle need to be replaced, a reputable specialist will be able to provide you with the assurance that the parts they use are either provided by the original manufacturer, or they have been officially approved.
Warranty – Dealing with a dealership directly, or using trained experts who specialise in cars very similar to yours, helps ensure that you do not void any warranty on your vehicle. Any new parts should also come with new warranties from the manufacturer. A local garage is much less likely to provide this.
Vehicle value – Your car will have a service history and future owners can find out what work has been done on it in the past. If the vehicle has been tampered with by someone who wasn’t fully qualified, this can reduce its resale value. Expert maintenance can preserve that value.
Safety – Your own peace of mind is also important when it comes to a vehicle you will be driving. It’s important to take this seriously and make sure that your vehicle is legal and safe to drive on UK roads at all times. A great way to ensure this is to avoid getting it serviced by anyone who is not a qualified and experienced specialist.
Value for money – Research has shown that people are much more likely to regret their choice if they go with a cheaper, local garage rather than a slightly more expensive independent specialist garage who works exclusively with their brand of vehicle. It is likely that the price difference will end up being a lot less than you expect, for what could be a much higher standard of service.