5 Reasons to Use a Dealership Service Department
All cars at some point require maintenance work. To get the most out of your vehicle, it’s important to regularly get an oil change, tire rotation, and multi-point inspection. These services can greatly impact your vehicle’s longevity, which is why finding a trusted service location is essential.
While independent repair shops can be a quick solution, the best option for your vehicle is to bring it to a dealership. Not only will this ensure your car receives work from factory-trained technicians, but it can also save you money. Most dealerships offer warranty protection, service offers, and satisfaction guarantees. Additionally, the genuine Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts used also save you money in the long run.
There are many benefits to getting your car serviced at a dealership including:
Factory Trained Technicians
At dealerships, the mechanics are manufacturer-trained, meaning that they have earned special certifications with your vehicle’s brand. It also means they are familiar with the specific make and model of your car. Furthermore, they receive ongoing training to keep them performing at their most optimal. Unlike at an independent repair shop, dealership technicians work on vehicles like yours daily. Non-dealership service teams may only see vehicles like yours once a month.
Manufacturer training means repair work is done to your vehicle’s specifications. This is important because a simple mistake can cause costly damage to your vehicle. For example, incorrect filters, too much oil, or the wrong type of oil, can all greatly impact your car’s powertrain. With dealership service departments, the technicians are trained to keep your vehicle running the way its manufacturers intended.
Lastly, dealership teams are provided frequent, required training to help assist with new technologies. This means problems can be diagnosed and repaired quickly and more efficiently.
Genuine Toyota OEM Parts
Another benefit to going to dealership service departments is that your car will receive genuine OEM parts. These parts ensure the best quality and fit for your car. This is because they are the same ones your vehicle came with off the assembly line. On top of this, if you’re thinking of reselling your car down the road, OEM parts can increase the resale value.
At independent repair shops, they often use aftermarket parts. These are replicas of OEM parts built by third-party manufacturers. While they are less expensive, they may also suffer in terms of quality and fit.
Additionally, depending on the part needed for your repair, independent shops may not have it in stock. On the other hand, dealership service departments have a large inventory of parts ready to use. This means your car is serviced faster because you’re not waiting for them to arrive in the mail.
Most vehicles at dealerships are covered under warranty. At United Toyota Imperial, both our new and Certified Pre-Owned Toyota vehicles come with warranty protection.
This covers all factory-recommended services for 2 years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. Along with this, it also includes 24-hour road assistance for 2 years and unlimited miles.
Our Certified Pre-Owned vehicles include both a 1-year/12,000-mile Comprehensive Warranty and a 7-year/100,000-mile Limited Powertrain Warranty. Learn more about what is included in these warranties here.
Coupons, Service Offers, & Rewards Programs
It’s a common myth that dealership service departments are more costly than independent shops. Most dealerships offer competitive rates, coupons, and monthly service offers to help save drivers money. At United Toyota Imperial, we also offer a College Grad Rebate and Finance Program. We believe “learning is earning,” which is why our program offers:
- No monthly payments for 90 days on select finance programs
- Competitive APRs and lease terms are available on eligible finance contracts with terms up to a specified number of months for retail and lease and preferred option financing on new vehicles
- $500 rebate on all new unlicensed Toyota vehicles. Toyota Certified Used Vehicles and Scion Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles are not eligible for the Rebate Program.
Quick Service & Convenience
Lastly, getting your car serviced at a United Toyota Imperial is quick and convenient. We are dedicated to getting you back on the road ASAP. But don’t worry, if your vehicle requires more time, we also offer a Rent a Toyota program. This is designed to give our customers low-cost temporary transportation, whether you need it for a service rental, insurance replacement, or special travel plans.