Seven Vehicle Maintenance Myths, and the Truth Behind Them

If you aren’t an automotive service technician yourself, it can be hard to know what’s really necessary when it comes to regular maintenance, your warranty, and more. In fact, there are a lot of myths out there about when you have to visit your dealer and when you can turn to your local mechanic or tire technician for your vehicle’s routine maintenance. To help you make the smartest, most informed decisions possible when it comes to your vehicle’s maintenance, we’ve compiled this collection of common myths, as well as the reality behind each of them. 

Myth #1 – If You Don’t Have Your Work Done at the Dealer, You’ll Lose Your Warranty

The Truth – Dealers might seem like they are the only people able to perform maintenance on your vehicle. You might have heard that having work done elsewhere will void your warranty, but that isn’t true. In fact, your local mechanic or tire technician is fully approved to perform work not covered under your warranty. They can even take things a step further and inform you when your dealer is obligated to perform certain work for free. 

Myth #2 – The Dealer That Sold You Your Car Gives You the Best Price for Service 

The Truth – Every dealership is made up of different departments—each of which has its own distinct profit goals to meet. Even if you got a good deal on the price of your vehicle, it doesn’t mean you’ll get the same deal on service. You can shop around to find the best deals on parts and service, as well as for expert advice you can trust.

Myth #3 – The Only Experts With the Right Tools for the job are at the Dealership 

The Truth – All auto repair shops are subject to comprehensive safety regulations, especially when it comes to performing work that impacts on the performance of your vehicle. This means that your Local Tirecraft has the same diagnostic equipment that you would find at your dealership. Furthermore, if we do not have the equipment required to safely perform the work, we won’t perform the work.

Myth #4 – Only Your Dealer is Able to Ensure that Your Service Record is Current 

The Truth – Some dealers would have you believe that they’re the only people able to stay up-to-date on your service records, but this is not the case. Tirecraft can maintain your records, and we can always provide you with a complete report of your service history. We can also keep track of your vehicle manufacturer’s recommended service intervals and send you a friendly reminder when it’s time for service. 

Myth #5 – When it Comes to Replacements, Only Factory Parts Will do

The Truth – Your dealer can only offer factory parts to fix your vehicle, and as such, cannot shop around for replacement parts that are of higher quality, or a lower price. Plus, when a part isn’t available, they’re unable to look for it elsewhere. At Tirecraft, we offer parts from a wide variety of manufacturers that suit the needs and budgets of all drivers, ensuring your vehicle will be back on the road in the best condition possible! 

Myth #6 – You Should Always go to Your Dealer for Oil Changes and Other Routine Maintenance

The Truth – You might have heard that you should always visit your dealer for the routine maintenance your vehicle requires, but service technicians outside of dealerships can provide the same services. From oil changes to tire rotations and everything in between, you don’t have to be bound to your dealer when it comes to routine maintenance.

Myth #7 – You Should Only Trust Your Dealer When it Comes to Your Vehicle

The Truth – As trained vehicle maintenance specialists and tire technicians, the experts at Tirecraft have the experience and training to diagnose your vehicle’s needs, as well as the backing of a national brand to ensure access to the best parts and prices. Our experts will get your vehicle back on the road using the best solutions that work for you. 

Consider These Myths Busted!

Now that you know the truths behind these myths, there should be nothing stopping you from feeling like you can explore your options. You can even be secure in the knowledge that having work done elsewhere won’t impact your warranty!  

For more helpful tips like these, download our Beginner’s Guide to Tires and Maintenance