As much as we’d sometimes love to neglect it, auto maintenance is one of the most important parts of car ownership. Cars are complex systems made up of thousands of parts and thus require regular attention and care. Fortunately, there are just as many thousands of body shops you can visit to service your car—but should you do so at a dealership or at a corner garage?
When you come in for service at a dealership, you can feel confident that the technician working on your car has been trained by the manufacturer. They may even be A.S.E.-certified. Getting your car the same kind of expert attention is difficult at corner garages.
Only the auto manufacturer may permit body shops to use their genuine OEM parts. Because of this, you can expect the dealership to service your car using only parts that were specifically designed for your vehicle. Corner garages use generic parts instead, and there’s no guarantee those will work as intended.
Unlike private shops, dealerships answer not just to you but to the auto manufacturer(s) it represents. For example, if you aren’t satisfied with our service at Joseph Auto, you can count on the brands we represent to be unhappy as well. It’s in our best interest to give you the best customer service.
Even if you’ve found a corner shop that’s closer than the dealership, you may find that the benefits listed above make the extra trip worth it. Additionally, if your car needs repairs covered by warranty, or if it is backed by a complimentary maintenance plan, then you have even more incentive to get your repairs at the dealership. For your convenience, Joseph Auto will even provide a shuttle to drive you back to your home or office while you wait for repairs to complete.