Picking a Maintenance Partner

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As a responsible vehicle owner, you know regular maintenance is crucial to ensure a smooth and safe driving experience, but how do you pick the right provider to do the work? While some motorists never stray from the dealership for service, a significant portion of drivers perform the work themselves, while others choose to use independent garages and quick-lube facilities. Who is right? The answer depends on a number of factors including the type of vehicle, the level of expertise at the garage and the nature of the required service.

Economic downturns always cause consumers to make budget-minded decisions, and that holds true in the automotive maintenance industry. AAA research has shown a significant trend towards affordability when it comes to oil changes:

• Do-it-yourself enthusiasts account for 22 percent of drivers.

• Independent service centers perform work for 21 percent of motorists.

• The convenience of a quick-lube shop appeals to 19 percent of vehicle owners.

• Despite possibly higher costs, 22 percent of respondents trust only the dealership.

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If you’re among drivers who look for value in maintenance services, it’s important to remember that a complete vehicle service involves more than just an oil change. Take a look at your owner’s manual to see what is required at your car’s age and mileage, then pick a service provider that can perform all of those tasks in one visit. You should be even more discerning if you own a highline, exotic, electric or hybrid vehicle that may require special service training, parts and fluids.

Make an Informed Decision

When it’s time to choose a maintenance provider for your vehicle, turn to the experts at AAA. When you see the AAA Approved Auto Repair sign in front of a service center, you can rest assured it meets the strict standards required to get the association’s stamp of approval. Your automobile is both a major investment and an important part of your lifestyle; the wrong technician could damage your vehicle or even compromise your safety while on the road.

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