I*m confused. In this article,
It is stated that, "You don*t have to take your vehicle to the dealer to maintain your warranty."
but then later on in the article it is stated that, "..need a repair that is covered under your warranty, then you have to go to the dealer.."
So which is it?
Sorry for the confusion Dan,
You don*t have to take your vehicle to the dealer for regular maintenance: oil changes, tune-up, fluid flushes, timing belt, etc. You can take it to an Independent Repair Shop and you will not void your manufacturer warranty.
If you vehicle has a problem and it is covered under the manufacturer warranty - then you have to take it to the dealer for the repair to have the work paid for by the manufacturer.
If you have an aftermarket warranty - then you can take your vehicle anywhere for repairs that will honor the warranty.
I hope this clears up the confusion!
〉 Answered on Apr 15th, 2010 by Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd