Can I Take My Car to Any Dealer for Service?

Can I Take My Car to Any Dealer for Service?

One of the many myths that continue to exist is that any car within its warranty period needs to be serviced by a main dealer. Well, we’re here to tell you that that is 100% not true.

However, there will be some blurb in the small print about the necessity of keeping a car correctly maintained for the warranty to remain valid. The following looks at what you need to understand about using an alternative source to carry out servicing and maintenance on your pride and joy.

Not all Car Shops and Service Centers are Made Equal 

  • Luxury cars deserve the best care
  • How to find a Mercedes service center (or for any prestige car, for that matter) 

Luxury cars deserve the best care 

All cars need the correct maintenance to ensure high levels of safety, comfort, and trouble-free motoring. But when it comes to luxury cars, such as Mercedes, for example—one thing that’s a done deal is that only a Merc specialist should be allowed to work on the vehicle.

Today’s vehicles are nothing short of computer genius, with each marque having its own intricate programming and foibles. The only people who can truly work on such cars are those that have undergone brand-specific training and have mucho experience.

That’s one of the reasons that many people get suckered into paying dealer prices for servicing their cars. And, we hasten to add, there’s nothing wrong with that. Except that you’ll pay top dollar for it. 

Sure, dealerships make life easy for you: they have all the warranty details and have everything in place to carry out any necessary work on your Mercedes (or BM, VW, Audi, etc.).  

However…. If you prefer to keep some of your hard-earned cash in your own account, rather than that of the dealerships, there is a wholly credible alternative. Find a car shop that employs marque-specific mechanics who’ve jumped ship. In other words, you’ll be taking advantage of exactly the same dealership expertise but at a reduced cost (because they don’t have any dealer obligation to charge OTT prices, meaning a less hefty bill for you). 

How to find a Mercedes service center (or for any prestige car, for that matter)

OK, so how do you find such a garage? Well, that’s the million-dollar question. There’s plenty out there who’ll claim to be able to offer the service, but not so many who can deliver on the promise.

The following is a quick guide seeking out a Mercedes service center you can trust:

  • Talk to fellow Merc owners (or whatever marque of car you own)
  • Go online and look at trusted reviews
  • Join a local Mercedes owners club and ask other members
  • Speak to any mechanic friends/relatives/colleagues you might have

The most important takeaways here are the following:

  • You don’t need to take your car to a main dealer to keep the warranty valid
  • You must ensure the service schedule is adhered to and the service manual is completed (most of these are now online)
  • You should only let marque-specific technicians work on your Mercedes (or other luxury cars)
  • There are some great car shops out there with highly trained mechanics that offer much better value for money than a main dealership.

Looking for a Mercedes Service Center in Boca Raton? You Need Autobahn of Boca

Let’s be honest, if you’re the kind of guy or gal who cares enough about their wheels to drive a Merc, then you don’t want any old mechanic working on it. Whether the vehicle is in warranty or not, you need the Mercedes specialist touch. At Autobahn of Boca we only employ technicians who’ve undergone the relevant training to work on the vehicles they’re trusted with.

So, at Autobahn, you get exactly the same service (or, we like to think, an even better one) from Mercedes-trained mechanics that you would from a main dealer. The only difference you’ll notice is that, because we’re not constrained by dealership prices, we’re a lot more friendly on your wallet.

It’s not hard to see why we’ve become the service provider of choice for luxury vehicle owners in South Florida. Find out more at and give our friendly team a call today to book your appointment.

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