Car servicing: DIY or leave it to the professionals?

Date: 07 Sep 2017
Category: service plan


A professional car service at an approved dealership gets you more than just an oil change. Lots of other work and checks are carried out, ensuring your car runs at its best and is safe to drive.

Consider this for a second: who do you go to for a comprehensive medical check-up? Google, or a qualified doctor? The latter, right? Well, surely the same should apply to your car.

One of the decisions you have to make as a car owner is figuring out where to take your ride for its regular service... You’re probably torn between saving money and ensuring your car gets all the fine-tuning it needs. There are three main options - take it to your approved local dealership, perhaps employ the services of a cheap mechanic, or heck, just do it yourself?

Conventional wisdom still rings true to this day: getting a professional car service from an approved dealer is definitely better than doing it yourself or getting a cheap mechanic. It’s a no-brainer.

Just think about it: your warranty can potentially be voided if your mechanic has been lax in their work - cutting a corner to save you a few rands by fitting non-genuine parts that might cause damage, or the failure of associated parts. Furthermore, when going outside the dealer network, there’s a very good chance that you won’t have access to the latest diagnostic equipment, service information or technical support.

And if you still need any convincing that you car is better off in the hands of its creators, then consider the following:

  • Dealers (like Suzuki) offer high-quality OEM parts. You can be sure that you’re getting parts that are designed specifically for your vehicle. This way, you will be able to maintain your warranty and improve the resale value of your car.
  • Dealership mechanics boast factory-certified technicians, who have strong expertise in servicing specific vehicle makes and models. You rarely get this calibre of specialised talent anywhere else.
  • Your dealership represents a vehicle manufacturer, so it needs to meet your high customer-service standards - whether they like it or not. With that said, you can be rest assured that you’ll receive unbeatable customer service when you take your Suzuki for servicing at any of our local dealerships.
  • Top-notch facilities? Score! Given that dealerships are part of a larger network, their resources and facilities are far above smaller servicing shops. They have the latest and greatest tools, the most service bays and the cleanest facilities that are more inviting for customers, like you.

Now that you know better, be sure to take your ride to the people who know it best, and it will love you for longer.

To keep your car running optimally, all Suzuki customers who are outside their service plan can  book an express service  at a  Suzuki dealership and keep their car running smoother with genuine parts and expert  knowledge.

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