The first thing that is suggested if you are going to take your car in to have routine maintenance done, is to take a good look at your car’s owner’s manual, especially if you are not very knowledgeable about automobiles. Inside your owner’s manual is a list of routine maintenance that is suggested to be done on your car and is a part of the model’s service schedule. This list lets you know everything that needs to be done to keep your car running in tip-top shape. This list will be your guide to use when you go into a shop, especially if they are not a registered dealership for your type of car. This way you go in knowing what needs to be done and gives you some reference as to when and if they suggest other procedures they want you to approve. It will help you to know what to expect from them.

You can take your car to if it doesn’t have to be the specific dealership where you bought your car. It is less expensive to take it to a regular automobile shop unless your car is under warranty. You are not required however, to take your car to a dealership to honor the warranty, it is up to you whether you want to use a dealership or go with a regular automobile shop. If your car is a leased automobile, then check your contract to find out what is required and if they specify that you have to have maintenance done in their shop. Do be aware however, that the mechanics in a dealership are specifically trained and certified to work on specific cars that their dealership handles. They will be up to date on all the required service maintenance information and will have all the special equipment and tools needed to work on your car.


Another important thing you want to check out is if the shop that is working on your car is informed or has access to the new service information that is issued about each specific car; these are called (TSBs). These give the mechanics information on how to fix common problems that are specific to each automobile. More times than not, if problems are found that relate to the (TSBs-technical service bulletins), the mechanics will do the work for free, but only if you are having the work done at a dealership.