This is an age old debate. Our opinion is that if you can find a trustworthy car mechanic then always go for that. Most stories you hear are like, I went to the Stealerships and got ripped off. No, it’s not a type o. That’s the analogy some people use to describe dealership. Today we list the pros and cons of both, but we are pretty biased towards the other. Read on to find out which one we recomend.
1.) Your car will get more attention:
A big dealer is not all that worried about building a personal relationship with you. A mechanic, on the other hand, will try everything to convert you into a regular customer. That means that your car will be getting special treatment without all the red tape.
A mechanic who works for him self can be a bit harder to locate if you’re disgruntled about service.
2.) It is cheaper:
This is pretty obvious. A dealership will have to pay a lot more people than a mechanic that works for himself. That means a good portion of the money you are spending will be used on things that have nothing to do with your car like advertising for the dealership. Also, the mechanic who will be working on your car will get a smaller cut and that will reflect in their work.
A mechanic, on the other hand, can do the same work at a lot less while providing you with better service. The mechanic will also be making more and a happy mechanic means better service.
3.) You will be supporting a small business:
Unlike a dealership, a mechanic that does side work might not have other avenues of income to fall back on. By using the services of a mechanic, you will be supporting a small business owner and encouraging others to do the same.
4.) You can monitor the work a lot closely:
You can get to the nitty gritty of the work. It is almost like having a personal tailor. You can make special requests or have them use specific products. You also will have the freedom of buying the supplies and spares yourself so you can opt for a brand that you desire.
5.) It is less time consuming:
You won’t have to wait in a queue for your turn. Also, you will have to adjust your schedule as per the dealer. With a mechanic, you can have your car serviced at your leisure and according to your schedule.
6.) Mechanics are great in times of emergencies:
There is less red-tape to navigate with a mechanic. This is useful if you want something on your car fixed but have very little time, on a budget and or on a very tight schedule.
This doesn’t mean that the dealer is completely out of the picture. You will have to visit a dealer if the dealer covers the maintenance costs or if the issue is so complex that your local mechanic will not be able to help like a software issue.
Hopefully, by now you know whether you should go to your local mechanic or drive down to the dealer. They both have their pros and cons, and it’s up to you to decide what works best for your situation.