Many new car owners assume that going anywhere for service other than the dealership will void the factory warranty. It’s time to debunk this common misconception! In fact, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975 expressly prohibits dealerships from having a monopoly on car repairs. You are 100% allowed to take your new car to a third-party mechanic, even while it is under warranty!

Taking your vehicle to an experienced, professional third party for service or inspection while it’s under warranty benefits you, the third party mechanic and your dealership. Here’s why. . . 

Having a third-party mechanic check your car while it is still under warranty removes any potential conflicts of interest that come from the dealership making service recommendations. At Wally’s Precision Auto Care, for example, we offer free inspections of your vehicle during your warranty period. If we happen to come across an issue that will be covered under warranty, we will gladly note it on paper for you to take to the dealership for a repair. The result is that you save money, avoid the upsell, and get to make a more informed decision about which repairs to choose for your vehicle.

Not only that, but by working with a third-party mechanic, you may also experience better trusted and personal service. By going to a third-party mechanic, you are likely to receive more personalized service, and at Wally’s Precision Auto Care our advisors and mechanics keep in mind your comments … in turn we provide recommendations that fit your needs and budget.

When looking for a third-party mechanic, make sure to do your research. Find a mechanic with experience working on the specific make and model of your car. At our shop, for example, we have extensive experience and expertise with Toyota, Honda, Lexus, and Acura vehicles. No car of these makes, however new, is out of our wheelhouse to provide thorough and professional care. Additionally, ask for referrals from friends and family members, and check reviews online to ensure you are choosing a reputable mechanic that you can trust.

While it may seem like a safe bet to go to the dealership, please keep in mind, whether or not they have a monopoly on quality or expertise. Third-party mechanics are oftentimes well qualified, if not more so, to work on your car. They specialize in certain areas of car repair, which makes them experts in their field.

In summary, you do not have to take your new car to a dealership for repairs or maintenance, even while your vehicle is under warranty. This common misconception can lead to missed opportunities for better, more personal service, as well as savings. By doing your research and finding an experienced third-party mechanic, you can trust, you can save money, and get better quality car service.

Never hesitate to bring your car – no matter how new – to your local mechanic. At Wally’s Precision Auto Care your vehicle will be inspected thoroughly, and we will never skip a beat to vocalize your best next step. You can count on a reliable report for you to bring back to your dealer so that your beloved transport can receive the repair under its warranty and save some money! 

We want your car healthy and you happy. It’s a win-win when you visit Wally’s Precision Auto Care. 

Vehicle inspections and regular oil changes are our bread and butter. Not only that, we know the ins and outs of your vehicle. Wally’s Precision Auto Care provides high quality service at fair prices for Honda, Toyota, Lexus and Acura vehicles in Las Vegas, Nevada

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