Servicing Your Vehicle at the DealershipFeb 16th, 2021
There’s no getting around it. In addition to payments, insurance, and fuel, drivers must deal with the cost of maintenance and repairs. Naturally, we would all like to minimize those costs wherever possible. With that in mind, some customers are tempted to service their cars at independent shops rather than the dealership. The perception is that you’ll spend more at the dealership.
We suspect that, cost aside, most people would prefer to get their vehicle serviced the dealership. There’s good reason for that. A dealer can provide the knowledge and expertise that an independent shop often can’t match. For example, Honda Canada regularly puts out online courses (two to four times a month) that our technicians must complete in within 30 days in order to remain in good standing at the dealership. Honda Canada also has a field office in Calgary that allows the technicians to participate in hands on training.
A dealership like T&T Honda also employs technicians that specialize in particular areas, such as diagnostics. Accurately assessing problems and providing the right fix is a money saver in the long run. Specialized Honda technical expertise is particularly important where safety is concerned. Take, for example, windshield replacement. Windshields of newer cars often house the detection equipment used in driver assist safety systems like Honda Sensing. Also, windshields form an important part of a modern vehicle’s structural integrity. As such, proper installation is crucial.
In addition to up to date Honda specific knowledge and expertise, dealerships are equipped with speciality tools mandated by the manufacturer, tools needed to keep up with advancing technology. Not too long ago, T&T Honda had to invest in a new machine for programming keys, a must have now that pushbutton start has become the norm.
Dealerships often have the resources to offer other benefits. For example, most dealerships will have a large stock of replacement parts. With parts on hand, you’re less likely to have to leave your vehicle overnight or return for a second visit for the same repair. At T&T Honda we are also pleased to be able provide amenities like shuttle service, loaner cars, and complementary car washes (at least in normal times!)
Is there some cost involved in being able to take advantage all that a dealership has to offer? Some, yes but in reality most services are competitively priced. If you look closely we think you’ll find the cost of maintenance and repairs is actually very reasonable. Plus, you’ll have the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your vehicle is under the care of those who know it best.