Automobile ownership comes with the convenience and flexibility to drive to all sorts of destinations. However, after clocking all those miles, you’re bound to find yourself in need of an oil change, new tires, or something else entirely. Unless you’re mechanically inclined, you should let the ASE-certified mechanics at Clark Automotive handle all your service needs.
It’s not too often that a dealer writes a warranty to be specific to a dealership. Approximately 90% of all extended warranties can be serviced through independent mechanics. Independent mechanics typically have less overhead and are able to offer more affordable rates when it comes to parts and labor. This can prove especially true when vehicles get older and are faced with costly repairs. You also get more opportunities to speak directly with the shop owner or the mechanic working on your car. They may even be the same person. Assuming you become a repeat customer, your mechanic will become more familiar with your specific vehicle each time they work on it.
OEM Parts Available
Auto shops are likely to offer aftermarket parts first, which can save you money in the short term. While they may not be the same quality as their OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) counterparts, the good news is that you can usually work with your mechanic to use OEM parts. So, while you might pay a similar cost for OEM parts, you could also save significantly on labor.
Location, Location, Location…
Whether it’s an auto shop, body shop or tire shop, independent mechanics are a common sight in most cities. For those who live a considerable distance from a dealership, an independent mechanic may be the only practical option for servicing your vehicle. Not to worry though, as you just need to find one who’s worth their weight in sheet metal.
What To Look For In An Independent Mechanic
If you’re thinking about using an independent mechanic, we recommend looking for a shop that specializes in your vehicle’s make, ideally one with great reviews and regular customers. Don’t just get a quote; get to know the people you’re trusting to take care of your car. Like a doctor or dentist, a good relationship with your mechanic can go a long way.
For more information about your extended warranty mechanic, give Clark Automotive in Blaine, MN a call today. Contact Clark Automotive anytime at (763) 784-7944 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.