If your car is under a manufacturers warranty then we recommend that you service with the main dealer (VW, BMW, Ford etc).
The garage is not responsible for the cost of repairs, they just bill it back to the manufacturer so they are under no incentive to not do any work that is necessary.
Then it will require a major or minor service alternatively every year.
Do not expect to have any great expense (other than the cost of the service itself) for the first 4 or 5 years.
Local garage versus large corporation When choosing between a local garage and a large service centre you shouldn’t be put off opting for the smaller business; that said, larger corporations can sometimes offer more competitive rates.
You should additionally use the internet to search out deals that may be on offer; however, it is advisable to always check out a garage’s reputation online.
Government legislation now means that no matter how new your vehicle, provided all parts fitted are of the necessary quality standard, you can have it serviced wherever you like and not invalidate your warranty Due to Block Exemption Regulations (BER) a car owner is free to choose who services their car; therefore we are able to offer the high standards and quality services that you would expect from main dealers but at a greatly reduced cost and with that all important personal touch that our customers have to come to expect.
Servicing your car is essential for safety reasons but it is also a fact that a well maintained car will last longer, give you less major problems and be more reliable.
Car services involve a professionally qualified mechanic performing various checks on your car; this service goes way beyond any MOT test which only involves checking that your car meets the most basic specifications for being allowed safely on the roads.
There will be specified garages that you need to use in order to maintain the warranty and these are generally more expensive than the cheaper car services on the market.
Whilst it can be tempting to use a cheaper company that isn’t a verified garage under your warranty, a void warranty will be nothing short of a nightmare if you find later that there are serious problems with your car.