The Differences Between Body Shops and Dealership Service Centers
If you want your car to keep running smoothly, then it’s important to keep up with its routine maintenance — and that means bringing it into a mechanic for a check-up occasionally. But is your local body shop or the Avery Greene Honda service center the best place to go? Here, we compare these two options to help you decide which choice suits your needs.
Whether you bring your vehicle into a local garage or a dealership center, the technician working on your vehicle has been trained. The only difference between the two is the type of training the technician has received. Dealership technicians tend to specialize in a specific make, receiving manufacturer training for that brand — and most dealerships have ongoing training programs, so they remain as up to date as possible on training. Your local mechanic’s shop will likely have a broader range of experience, though this depends on the garage. Some dealership technicians will branch off into their own shop. Just make sure you ask them about their certifications.
Many new cars come with warranties that will allow you to receive free repairs from a dealership if your vehicle is still under its warranty. These repairs typically can’t be performed outside of a dealer service center, so this is one big advantage — and probably the biggest difference — that this option has over your local garage. If you have a new Honda, your warranty will be honored at Avery Greene Honda.
Dealerships like Avery Greene Honda will only use original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts in their repairs. These specific parts are the exact parts that are currently used in a brand-new vehicle, which means they are an exact fit for your vehicle’s systems. You will sometimes get a warranty on the part your dealership service center uses, too, which your local garage can’t offer. Your local garage can offer OEM parts as well, but they can also use aftermarket parts as a substitute. These aftermarket parts tend to be cheaper than OEM parts and often work just as well.
If you have a new Honda, or even if you have an older vehicle of a different make, the service center at Avery Greene Honda has the expertise and skills necessary to meet your needs. Call us or email to schedule your next appointment.